A power drill is one of the most useful tools a DIYer can own. It drills holes, of course, but it also doubles as a screwdriver, and in a pinch, you can use it for buffing, sanding, stirring paint and even cleaning your drains. Corded drills used to be standard, and they’re still available but are slowly-but-surely being phased out in favor of cordless models by major manufacturers.
What is a power drill?
A power drill is an electrical motor that rotates a replaceable drill bit to make a hole in wood, plastic, or metal. Alternately, a screwdriver tip can be installed to turn screws. The parts of a power drill include the handle, an on/off trigger with safety latch, a reversing switch for changing the rotation direction of the drill bit, a torque adjustment, and the chuck that holds the drill bit in place. Corded drills are powered by a 110-volt electrical cord inserted into an electrical receptacle; cordless drills are powered by a battery in the drill’s handle.
How to Use a Power Drill
1. Select the proper drill bit for the material you are drilling. Metal and wood usually can use the same type of drill bit, but masonry bits have a very special design.
2. Put on eye protection. Hold the drill with both hands perpendicular to the hole you want to drill.
3. With gentle pressure, push the drill into the material.
4. If the drill is going into wood, you may need to pull the drill out periodically as the drill bit will probably clog. By pulling the drill bit partially out of the work while the bit is turning, it will self-clean.
5. If the drill bit does clog (usually from pressing too hard and too fast), then pull the bit out and clean the clog out with a hard material such as a screwdriver or nail.
6. Drilling through metal can be tricky. The bit may bind as it cuts through the other side. If this happens release trigger pressure immediately. Pull the bit back and slowly complete the cut. Here it is handy to have a reverse feature especially if the bit gets stuck when it binds.
7. Once the drill penetrates the material you’re done.
How to Maintain a Power Drill
Power drills require little maintenance but can be damaged by improper use, such as using the wrong drill bit or tip, which can lug down and damage the motor.
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