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Power tools can save you a lot of time and hassle. A power drill is a must-have item for all your home repair needs. From changing out hardware to big renovation projects, knowing your way around a cordless power drill is essential. Here are the basics every beginner should know.

The Components
A cordless drill handles all the drilling and driving of its corded counterpart, without the hassle of a cord. 

As such, it generally features:

  • Battery – For those with a lithium-ion battery, you can keep one on the charger when not in use. For other types of batteries, only charge as needed.
  • Chuck – Part of the drill that rotates and holds the drill bits in place.
  • Clutch Torque Selector – This dial allows you to control the amount of torque.
  • Forward/Reverse Switch – Use the toggle to control the direction of the drill.
  • Drill Bit – Removable part of the drill that makes contact with your project. Surface. The angle of the point helps determine what type of material the bit can drill.

Basic Use Guide

  • Safety first! Utilize safety goggles and any gear suggested by the drill manufacturer.
  • To begin, select the correct drill bit for your project.
  • Insert the bit, tighten the chuck and adjust torque for your needs.
  • Clamp project to keep it from shifting.
  • Consider using scrap plywood underneath to prevent splintering. 
  • Hold your drill vertically, perpendicular to your project. 
  • Start with a low speed and gradually speed up.
  • To change out the drill bit, remove your power source and loosen the chuck. 

Once you’ve mastered beginning repairs, the sky’s the limit. Having a cordless drill at your disposal will be incredibly handy throughout your life as a homeowner.  You never know where your next project will take you.

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