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Old 03-19-14, 12:52 PM
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power tools to recommend

Hello,

I am new to this site. I am a single mom, a homeowner and am trying to decide if I need a drill or a driver. I want to do things like hang curtain rods, blinds, put together furniture, toys, etc. I have zero experiece with power tools.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Annie
 
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Old 03-19-14, 01:36 PM
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A cordless drill would be perfect. Most have a adjustable clutch that helps when installing screws and it can be switched to drill mode for drilling.
 
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Old 03-19-14, 03:48 PM
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It depends on how much you plan to use it. I agree a cordless drill is very handy...til you go to use it and the batteries are dead and it takes an hour to charge them. Or you don't use it for 3 months and the batteries won't hold a charge anymore.

I always recommend a corded tool for people starting out. They are generally cheaper and always ready for use. You do want variable speed, keyless chuck, and a clutch (though I'm not sure corded drills come with a clutch).

Toys and furniture can easily be put together with hand tools.
 
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I'm with Vic - start with a corded drill and get cordless only when it's needed.

Often, my approach is to buy the tool I need for the project, rather than trying to predict what I'll need in the future. I might spend a little more on the tool that way because I didn't wait for a sale or something but every tool I have has been used.
 
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Old 03-20-14, 04:27 AM
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I agree, unless you are confident that you'll be using a cordless tool every week, a corded tool makes more sense. When you do buy cordless it's best for all your cordless tools to take the same battery. That way you'll have 1-2 batteries that fit all the tools and you'll always have one that is charged up.

btw - welcome to the forums Annie!
 
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Old 03-20-14, 06:02 AM
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Thanks for all the good advice. I know you can't recommend a brand, but is something like this good:
DEWALT 3/8 in. Pistol Grip Drill Kit-DWD110K at The Home Depot
I really hate to sound stupid but is a drill also a screwdriver?
Annie
 
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Old 03-20-14, 06:31 AM
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I think you found a good one: lot's of good ratings, and a reasonable price. Go for it.
 
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[QUOTE]is a drill also a screwdriver[QUOTE]

A variable speed drill can be used as a screwdriver if a screwdriver bit is in the chuck.
 
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Old 03-20-14, 12:33 PM
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Thanks, again. I'll let you know if I have giant holes in the walls as I learn how to use it!
 
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Old 03-20-14, 12:38 PM
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You shouldn't have any problems using that drill, the main thing is to start out slow and have a firm grip on the drill ..... but we can advise you on how to repair the wall if necessary
 
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Bits

A kit similar to this would give you a good all around starter set of drill bits and screw driver bits.

Shop DEWALT 35-Piece Magnetic Compact Rapid Load Drilling and Screwdriving Set at Lowes.com
 
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Smile perfect advice

I read this and I am on the way to the store to purchase!! I am also a single women living alone and do all the work around my house, but it's time I got some tools and this was perfect for someone like me who knows nothing but a hand held screwdriver.
 
 

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