Tool Tips

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Tool Tips

Drilling BasicsStart driving screws or drilling slowly (i.e. with a low rotational speed, and gradually increase the speed). To do this, press the main trigger only slightly at the start. The more firmly you press the trigger, the faster the tool drives screws or drills. This enables you to start cleanly and prevents the screwdriver bit from slipping out of the screw or the drill bit from slipping away from the marked position.Hold the tool in a straight position and press it perpendicular to the surface of the wall or of the work piece. If your drill/driver has an auxiliary handle, you can use this to increase the pressure you apply to the tool for more control.When driving screws, using the wrong bit can strip the screw head. Match the screw head type (slotted, Phillips, or hexagon) and the right bit size to the type and size of screw.Use the right type of screw depending on the project application: wood screws for wood projects, drywall screws for drywall related projects. The diameter and length of the screws must also be determined: if the screws are too long, they will pass right through the work piece. If they are too thick, they can split thin wood.On smooth surfaces such as metal, it is easy for the drill bit to slip slightly when beginning to drill. To avoid this, first knock a small hole or indentation in the metal with either a punch or a hammer and nail. Then place the drill bit in the hole or indentation. In the case of hard material, make a pilot hole with a small diameter drill bit then complete your drilling with the appropriate sized drill bit.

Corded Drill UseCorded drills provide dependable power for heavy duty projects such as boring large holes in wood or drilling in masonry. A corded drill can also be used for household repairs, DIY projects, craft projects, and construction projects.

SafetySkil Tools urges you to use your tool safely - even on seemingly small projects. Learn how using the right tool, wearing the right gear and keeping your tools properly maintained could all impact your safety.

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