If you’ve never had to fix a loosely hanging cupboard door or shift a drawer handle then consider yourself lucky. Sometimes even the simplest household jobs can seem like building a house for those of us who were born minus the handyman gene.
But if you’ve reached the point where that cupboard door has hit you in the head for the last time, then you might need a power drill. Cut your frustration in half. Read the advice below.
Buying a Power Drill
- Find drills that come in a heavy-duty plastic or aluminium casing, and with reinforced cord, screwdriver attachments and a reverse action switch to remove screws.
- Pick up the drill and test your comfort level with it in your hand. There are three different types of grips: pistol, t-handle and right angle. The pistol is the traditional style grip. The t-handle evenly distributes the weight of the drill, and the right angle is best for tight spaces.
- Do you prefer a drill with a keyed or keyless chuck? If the store assistant asks if ou prefer a drill with a keyed or keyless chuck, here’s a simple translation. A chuck holds the drill bit or the driver. Some drills come with a key to help you loosen or tighten this attachment. Drills without keys require you to do these actions by hand. This may be a bit difficult to do at times, but a lost key won’t affect a keyless chuck.
- The chuck size you buy is the same as the drill size and will match all accessories with the same size shaft diameter.
- For cordless drills you should know that the higher the voltage the heavier the drill.
- Corded drills are better for big jobs like drilling large holes or through bricks, because they receive a constant supply of electric power. Cordless drills run on batteries.
- If you plan on working with different materials then purchase a drill with varying speeds. Large bits for hard materials work at low speeds and small bits for soft materials work at high speeds.
- Get a drill with an adjustable clutch setting which prevents you from drilling a screw in too far by reacting to the resistance of the screw.
Now that you know all the main bits and pieces to keep an eye out for, take a deep breath and get started on those home jobs you’ve been meaning to do.