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How to Use a Power Drill – a Visual Guide

How to Use and Measure with Digital Calipers

Power drills are very helpful for aiding in a variety of jobs, including making holes and loosening or tightening screws. A power drill has a motor that enables the replaceable drill bit to rotate at high speeds, creating holes in wood, plastic, metal, and some other materials. A screwdriver tip such as a Phillips or flathead may also be installed to loosen to tighten screws. There are both corded power drills (traditional) and cordless power drills powered by a battery located in the handle.

There are certain precautions to be made whilst using a power drill:

• Wear goggles to prevent injury to eyes from wood dust or other debris that might go flying while drilling.
• Make sure the drill switch is in the off position, before you plug it in.
• You can choose either inch or metric for your measurement with the help of a button

You will need to choose the correct drill bit depending on the material you are drilling and how thick you need the hole to be. Hold the screw behind the drill bit, and if the barrel is the same size as the drill bit, with only the threads showing, you’ve got yourself the correct bit! If the hole you intend to drill is wide, it may need to be drilled with a smaller bit first, then work your way up to larger bits.

 

 

1. You will need to choose the correct drill bit depending on the material you are drilling and how thick you need the hole to be. Hold the screw behind the drill bit, and if the barrel is the same size as the drill bit, with only the threads showing, you’ve got yourself the correct bit! If the hole you intend to drill is wide, it may need to be drilled with a smaller bit first, then work your way up to larger bits.
2. Loosen the chuck to take the current drill bit out, insert the correct one, and then tighten the chuck again. Make sure the drill bit is in place securely.
3. Place the tip of the drill bit firmly on the point where you intend to make a hole. Double check that it is at the right angle and make a note of how deep you will be drilling. A thin piece of masking tape wrapped about the drill bit is a helpful guide for drilling depth.
4. Keep a steady hand as you gently push the drill bit deeper in the material that is being drilled.

Tips: Power drills are super handy for boring holes, however it takes a few tries to get it right! The hard part is getting started, because the tip can slip or intrude at the wrong angle. It is helpful to draw cross lines or dots where you intend to drill. A sharp tool such as an awl or a nail and light tap of a hammer to create a small dimple will also help keep the drill tip from slipping. Remember to start drilling slowly, then gradually speed up as the hole gets deeper.

Of course, you should maintain your power drill well, just like your other tools. Check your manufacturer’s manual to check for any specific care instructions first. Most dirt, dust, and grease should come off the power drill with a clean damp cloth. Store your power drill in room temperature away from direct sunlight or excessive humidity.

 

Check Out eToolsCity’s Selection of Power Drills and Drill Accessories!

Neiko Tools 1/2-Inch Hammer Drill

Neiko Tools 1/2-Inch Reversible Variable Speed Hammer Drill

Neiko Tools 3/8-inch Cordless Drill 12V Lithium-ion Battery

Neiko Tools ‘Monster Torque’ 24V Cordless Impact Wrench, 350 ft/lb Torque

 

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