How Well Can You Use a Power Drill?

Industrial & Manufacturing Blog

Home improvement projects are a great opportunity to save money, especially when you can do them yourself. You don't need to hire a specialist for everything that goes wrong in your basement. For instance, sealing small cracks is an easy task if you have the right materials at hand. You need to do a bit of drilling, cleaning the crack with a wire brush and applying the sealant. A power drill is a handy tool when doing such projects. It is efficient drilling holes, push screws and sand wood among other things. Here is a guideline that will help you use a power drill efficiently: 

You Need a Source of Power 

Certainly, a power drill relies on electricity to run its mortar and propel the drill bit. If you do not have a source of power in your basement, get a long cord or power extension to get power from another source into the basement. When doing this, make sure that the power extension has an appropriate rating that matches the power needs of the drill. If not, you risk overloading the power extension and cord, leading to a power trip.

Select the Right Drilling Accessories

A power drill needs a shank and drill bit to do the actual drilling. The shank goes into the drill to secure and support it against vibrations when the tool comes into contact with the surface you are drilling. A strong shank absorbs the vibrations well and makes drilling comfortable. More importantly, you need the right drill bit to get the job done. Go for a tipped carbide masonry bit if you are drilling cement, stone or bricks. On the other hand, steel bits work well on wood surfaces. 

Fasten the Chuck

The chuck must be secured firmly for your safety. After sliding the drill bit into the chuck, rotate it in a clockwise direction until you cannot move it any further. Some power drills will produce a click sound when the chuck is safely in position. If you do not fasten the chuck, it can snap off and lead to serious injuries. 

Drilling the Surface 

Before you start drilling, put on a pair of protective goggles and gloves. Plug the drill into the power source and hold the drill firmly with both hands. The drill bit should be perpendicular to the surface you are drilling for the best results. To add on that, apply pressure gradually while guiding the drill bit through the work piece. 


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