Do you occasionally like to tinker around and test your handyman skills? Perhaps you like to get your hands dirty once in a while and experiment with various tools.
Whatever your motivations for learning about various tools and their applications, you will benefit from knowing the nuances of each device, especially with regards to the different ways they can be used. For instance, if you know one good way of using a hammer, you might be wise to stick with it to ensure uniformity, consistency, and efficiency. However, there are numerous advantages to familiarizing yourself with different possible ways of using tools.
In this article, we are going to look at eight ways in which you can use your cordless drill, which is among the most must-have tools for anyone.
What is a cordless drill?
A drill is essentially an electrical device that can make holes of various diameters into nearly any surface such as walls and tables. Drills can also help you drive screws which helps your hands from having to take the brunt of the power. The cordless version of a drill is rechargeable and does not need to be plugged in a while in operation. Additionally, there is not a cord dangling in your way while you work on your project.
Now without further ado, let’s jump into the various ways in which you can use one of the must-have tools for every man.
Drivers are your best friends
It is often best to invest in different kinds of drivers for your drill, especially hex, or Phillips head drivers, to improve your drilling efficiency. The standard flat driving bits are ideal for screws, while the hex shape is useful for taking apart household items for maintenance and repair.
1. Drill Big Holes
While a basic drill bit set ranges from 1/16” to 1/2”, you do have the ability to create larger and rounder holes. For this purpose, consider using a specialty bit rather than a keyhole saw or jigsaw. This will help you with creating space for recessed lighting, outdoor showers, and kitchen cabinets.
2. Drill Small Holes
Sometimes, you need to take a smaller approach. Literally, Instead of using a standard twist bit, invest in a set of tapered bits which will allow you to make finer holes that are free of tears. If you are trying to make holes in metallic surfaces, the simple twist bits will do, but for wooden surfaces, you are better off using special brad-point bits.
3. Remove Rust
All too often, the rust which covers your iron surface ends up being the biggest obstacle to making the perfect hole. What you need to do in this case is to use a brush bit with your drill that will eliminate the demented rust from iron and steel tools and other items.
4. Twist Wires
If you want to run more than wires along a common length, you can place each of them in your drill chuck and spin it to produce a bundle of twisted wires.
This is a handy technique as it can be used for twisting cables of steel to hang portraits from the wall or lights from the ceiling.
5. Straighten Distorted Wires
On the flip side, you can also use your drill to straighten out bent or curved wires. You can achieve this by keeping your drill on a slow setting. The entire process involves securing the wire in the hole, pull it to make it tense and loosen the chuck before finally proceeding to pull the drill and the other end of wire screw.
6. Create Strong Joints
If you are interested in creating hidden, angled joints that are also sufficiently strong, you might consider investing in a pocket-screw jig. While buying any jig, do try to look out for high-quality brands which will allow you to use standard screws to safely and cleanly join wooden surfaces.
7. Smooth Contours and Curved Surfaces
To smooth out your flat surfaces, you can use flat sandpaper and sanding blocks, but what about the curved surfaces? In this case, your best option is to use your cordless drill with a sanding drum to obtain a smooth surface regardless of the regularity of the shapes.
8. Mix paint, grout, and concrete
Finally, you might not be aware of this, but special mixing bits are available for mixing various cans of paint to obtain a different color. Similarly, you can get access to mixers for concrete, grout, mortar, and thinset.
In conclusion, a cordless drill or driver is an ideal tool for use around the home, and given its many applications, educating oneself on the various ways in which it can be used can help with improving your efficiency as a handyman.