POWERTOOL GUIDE #1

Here at D.I.Y, we love to learn and teach new things, so we're stepping it up a notch this February.

Have you ever tried to fix things one way or another using the basic tools like a screwdriver, pliers, hammer, and nails etc? Pretty easy right? 

Well, we're challenging you to "POWER UP" and get things done with the use of power tools.

#1 THE DRILL

The drill is one of the most common power tools used for regular homeowner tasks and is seen as a requirement in every home. 

Even though it might be loud and intimidating, don't let that scare you off. Having the knowledge of something so small like drilling a hole can open a wide range of options around your home like adding extra shelf space, mounting things like tv brackets without paying for extra installing fees,  upgrading your shower rail and loads more.

 

Step 1: Safety first

Always protect yourself! Eye goggles for dust and debris, gloves to give yourself more grip and avoid baggy clothing to keep safe.

 

Step 2: Know your drill

Think of it as a gun, pointed at a target. A grip for your hands and a trigger to control the speed of the drill. A switch (usually above the trigger controls) can change the direction of rotation, stick to the default, make sure your bit turns clockwise when powered up (Step 4). Check to see the power source of your drill, it usually requires being plugged into the wall socket or might be battery powered (Most battery powered drills are used to drill in screws and for drilling small holes). At the tip of the drill is where your "bit" lies, this "bit" determines what kind of object you are drilling into. 

Step 3: Pick and Install the right bit

There are "bits" for every material: the General Purpose Bit for wood or plastic, the Masonry bit for stone/brick/concrete and a High-Speed Bit for steel. 

Pick Yours accordingly.

Installing the bit requires using the "chuck". This lies on the tip of the drill to hold the bit into place while drilling into an object. Depending on the drill, the chuck is enabled to open wide enough to insert the bit through the use of your hand or a special chuck key. Open the chuck, insert the bit and tighten.

 

Step 4: Power up

This is the part to test and see if everything is working before attempting to drill. Switch the power on, hold the drill firmly in your hands and squeeze the trigger, from your point of view you should see that your bit turns clockwise ( if not, a switch near the trigger can change the rotation). 

 

Step 5: Drilling

Now for the fun part! Make sure to align your drill-bit with the target to ensure a straight drill line. Carefully squeeze the trigger while adding pressure to the drill and ignore the loud noise while firmly pushing, notice the drill bit going deeper into the object and dust appearing. You're doing it! 

 

And that's that! It might seem hard at first but only doing it once is enough to see that it's an easy peasy job!

Do It Yourself.

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Written by Graphic Designer

2018-02-06