Most power drills have a forward and reverse switch. These switches are usually located above the trigger. To help the drill out cleanly and quickly, set the bit’s direction to reverse. To quickly remove screws or other fasteners, you can also use the reverse mode. Drills that have an on-board bit holder save time and effort. The bits you need are always at your fingertips. A few drills have an LED built in to lighten your work surface. This is a great tool for drilling and driving in dark areas such as under sinks or closets. You can find such drills in the UK tool centre.

A majority of drill/drivers come with a trigger that controls how fast the drill spins. For basic projects, a single-speed drill will suffice. Multi-speed drills are a good choice if you require more precise speed control for different drilling and driving projects. High-speed is best for driving small holes quickly and for driving, while a low-speed drill is better for large-bore applications such as drilling large holes.

The art of drilling

Drilling is the act of drilling a hole, and driving is the act of driving a screw or another fastener. Both drilling and driving are done by drill/drivers. This is useful for projects such as hanging a mirror. A drill/driver is different from an ordinary drill because it can control torque. The majority of manual clutch drills/drivers come with a dial that allows for easy torque adjustment. For drywall and other soft materials, you will need to use less torque (a lower number). For hardwoods, or when the screw needs to be flush- or countersunk, use more torque. You can simply turn the clutch dial to drill mode when you aren’t driving.

Chunk drills and other types

The chuck is a three-point clamp that secures the bit in place. Some drills have a key that tightens the chuck. Keyless chucks can be tightened manually. The chuck is tightened by turning clockwise. A counter-clockwise turn loosens the bit. There are two types of Chucks: single-sleeve or dual-sleeve. Single-sleeve allows for one-handed operation. Cordless drills can be carried anywhere and are compact and portable. Cordless drills are easy to use, whether you are out fixing a gate in your yard or climbing up a ladder to install a light fixture. You will have plenty of time to complete basic projects with a lithium-powered cordless drill. Corded drills need a power source to work and must be tethered to a cord. 

However, they provide unlimited runtime and more power to complete large or complex projects without the need to recharge a battery. Drills can be a great tool for DIY projects. However, like all power tools, drills must be used safely. You can avoid injury from flying bits of broken material and improperly applied electricity by knowing how to drill properly. Your drill’s manual can answer any safety questions that you may have. To protect your eyes from flying debris, wear safety glasses or goggles. The average handheld electric drill can produce about 90 decibels. This is enough to cause damage to your hearing after prolonged exposure.