How to Use a Power Drill: The Ultimate Guide
Did you recently invest in a power drill and you want to learn the ins and outs of how to use it? Follow this handy guide so you will become a power drilling expert.
Spring is here, and that can only mean two things.
The wife has everyone on spring cleaning detail around the house, and she’s got you doing projects. Ugh!
All the tools in the garage are buried because you haven’t touched them since the fall. Forget it! Just go out and buy some new ones.
If you’ve recently bought a new power drill, just a heads up – they are better than ever! If you want to learn the ins and outs of the drill, read on to become an expert!
What Is a Power Drill?
Don’t be embarrassed if you’re not sure. This might be your first time purchasing one.
Think of it as a screwdriver on steroids. You can attach different “bits” to it, to match whatever screw you’re working on. For example, maybe hanging a heavy picture on a wall or putting up shelves in the kids’ room.
You can also use “drill bits” which allows you to drill holes in things.
What will they think of next?
How to Use It
Now that you’ve purchased the drill, it’s time to figure out how the heck it works. The main thing to remember is that you can swap out the bits (head ends). Most of the modern power drills tighten by leverage.
How Does That work?
- Loosen (just like in school, righty-tighty, lefty-loosey)
- Put your bit into the chuck (that little three-pronged holder)
The power drill also has two other important components.
- There’s a button near the trigger that tells the drill whether it should go forward or backward.
- In most drills, there’s a torque setting.
Explain the Drill Bits
The most common is the general-purpose ones that come with a simple head. This can be used for most of the projects around the house.
Other bits include spade and flat (if you plan to do some construction around the house), masonry (for concrete), and bits with diamond carbide tip (for drilling into porcelain).
The Cordless Drill
If you don’t want to drag around a pesky cord, consider going cordless. This drill typically comes with a battery and a charger, and some kits can even include batteries.
A cordless drill also has the forward, and reverse settings and most have a variable speed trigger. Be aware that the more pressure you put on the trigger, the faster the bit spins.
Same rules apply to a corded drill – wear safety goggles or any protective gear. Power nailers accounted for about 37,000 emergency room visits in recent years – don’t add on to it!
Become a Pro
Who knew that picking out a new power drill was going to be so complicated? Home and Work Power Tools makes finding the right drill easy with informative reviews and lists of top options. If you need more guidance, we’re here to help!
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