How to Use a Power Drill

A power drill is one of the most versatile tools in your home improvement toolbox. There are several different applications that the power drill can do very well. You can drill holes, screw in screws and bolts, strip paint, wax a car, or sand wood.

When you talk about a power drill, you are not talking about the cordless kind. A cordless drill does not have the power that a drill that you plug in will have. This is what makes a power drill good for other applications like stripping, sanding, and polishing.

What You Will Need

•Power drill
•Extension cord
•Drill bits
•Chuck key
•Drill accessories

Step One - Have Power Supply

If you are going to use the power drill on a work bench, or outside of the garage, you will want to make sure that you have adequate power supply. There might be times when you will be working far enough away from the power outlet that the cord will not reach. Use an extension cord to make the connection. However, make sure the cord is long enough so that it is not tight or pulling on the drill.

Step Two - Choose Drill Bit or Accessory

Most of the drill bits and accessories that you will be using for your power drill will have a 1/4 inch shank. This shank is the part that you will slide into the drill to be secured. Whatever the project you are doing, choose the appropriate bit. If you are drilling into brick, or cement, then a carbide tipped masonry bit will be the best choice. If you are drilling into wood, then use a hardened steel bit. When stripping paint, a wire brush with a 1/4 inch shank will be your accessory of choice.

Step Three - Loosen Chuck and Slide in Bit

On the end of the power drill is the drill bit chuck. This is the portion that opens up and grabs the drill bit, or accessory. It is opened with a chuck key. This key is included with the drill and is usually attached to the power cord, or to the side of the drill. Insert the key into the small hole on the side of the chuck and turn counterclockwise. Once the opening is large enough, you can slide in the shank of the bit or the accessory.

Step Four - Tighten Chuck

Once the bit is in the chuck, then tighten the chuck in a clockwise motion. Snug up the chuck tightly so it does not come loose and the drill bit fly out causing an injury.

Step Five - Drill

Plug in the drill and hold it securely to the work piece. If you are drilling a hole, then use both hands on the drill. One hand on the handle and trigger, and the other on the barrel. Keep drill perpendicular to the work piece and slowly apply pressure to the trigger. Keeping firm pressure on the drill, guide the drill bit through the piece.