Last week, we chatted about the palm sander and 2 lucky readers (Kim & Ericka) even received their own sanders courtesy of RYOBI. Today we want to dive into one of the most popular tools out there…the cordless power drill.
What does it do? A drill is a tool fitted with a drill bit to bore holes into various materials or fasten materials together. A cordless drill is operated by a rechargeable battery. The attachment is gripped by a chuck and is rotated when gripped.
What projects would I use this for? Ummmm…pretty much anything and everything! A drill can come in handy if you’re putting a piece of furniture together and you need to fasten parts together with screws. It also comes in handy if you want to hang something on a wall and need to create holes for anchors. It is one of the most convenient tools and will help make any DIY project go that much faster.
How much does it cost? The price varies depending on the model and power in the drill. This 12 volt Skil drill cost about $45 from Home Depot. But if you’re looking for lots of power (18-20 Volt) then they can cost around $150. For the general home improvement projects we do, we’ve only ever needed a 12 volt drill.
What projects have you used it for? Wow, many projects on DIY Playbook have involved drills including our Ikea shelves, Ikea dresser hack, B’s DIY desk, hanging curtains, C’s white TV stand, and many more!
What’s with all of the “bits”? This totally confused us at first too. We thought once you had a drill, you simply put one attachment on and you were ready to go. Nope…not the case at all. A drill comes with many accessories and sometimes those bits can be a well a bit confusing (pardon the tool talk humor). Let’s break it down for ya…
Screwdriver Bits: Some bits are inserted directly into the chuck. But most need to be put into the “bit holder.” The Black & Decker piece in the above picture is the bit holder. I have a large case of various bits (like the 3 small ones in the above picture) and these are inserted into the holder. The screwdriver bits are used just like a screwdriver. There are flat heads and Phillips heads…just like with normal handheld screwdrivers.
The bits in the above picture do not need to be inserted into a holder. Instead they’re put directly into the chuck. I have about a dozen different sizes and kinds that I pick and choose from depending on my project’s needs.
Paddle Bits: Out of all of the bits, I probably use paddle bits the least, simply because I don’t do many projects that require them. A paddle bit is used to bore large, wide holes. They come in various sizes and will create a hole based on the size of the paddle bit. You simple put the tip on the center of your hole, and then use force to drill all the way through until you have a large circle. I used this to create holes on the back of our TV stand, so we could then pull our cords and wires through to the other side.
How do I use the drill? A drill is operated by a trigger located on the handle of the base. You simple press this and the chuck will rotate. You can change the direction of the rotation by flipping the forward/reverse switch on the back of the drill. For example, if you’re trying to take a screw out of a piece of furniture then you would want the drill to go in reverse/counter-clockwise.
Most drills will also have a button on the top that regulates the torque and the speed. Higher torque is better for driving screws. While higher speed is better for drilling holes. You can easily move back and forth between the two options.
Any rookie tips I should know? First and foremost, do not be scared of a cordless power drill! Using a new tool can be intimidating at first, but there is no reason to be scared of this one. The likelihood that you’ll hurt yourself or damage your home is slim to none. Just go slow, practice, and enjoy it! Power tools are meant to assist your project, and a drill will do just that. Once you start using one, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.
So there’s the breakdown of this not-so-scary power tool. We hope that you’ll now feel like you can pick this baby up and do projects all by yourself. No reason to call your boyfriend/dad/husband over the next time you have to put something together. Grab that drill of yours (fully charged of course!) and get to work. We promise you’ll do great and maybe even get a little arm workout in using your very own cordless power drill.