5 Power Drill Tricks For Your DIY House Projects

Have a cordless drill? We have ideas. Use your cordless drill for these DIY tricks

Use your cordless drill for more than just drilling holes

The power drill is perhaps one of the most used power tools in your toolbox, and for good reason: It makes screwing in just about anything a piece of cake. Whether you want to hang a television on the wall or some hanging baskets outside for your plants, a power drill makes most of these DIY tasks happen in a few minutes. The drill has come a long way in a short life span and with every new drill model, there are new advancements that gear the drill more toward the home-based DIY user, and less toward just being relegated to commercial applications. We all have a ton of different DIY projects around our house on any given day, and whether we get around to these projects promptly is dependent on the tools that we have in our arsenals.

The power drill is a more versatile tool then you might think, and there are a lot of innovative hacks that make the drill do far more than it was intended to. For instance, did you know that you could use your power drill to restore your vehicle's yellow headlights? Yes, and there are many other uses for the drill as well that will make your projects go by smoothly. Cordless drills nowadays are much lighter than they used to be, and with extremely long battery life compared to its predecessors you can do so much more with your drill then before. We are going to be taking a look at giving power drill tricks that you can do around your house, read on below as we delve into these cool hacks for your drill.

Use Your Drill To Power Clean

You probably can’t tell by looking at it, but a cordless drill is one of the most effective cleaning utensils in your arsenal. How? Well, the power drill possesses a motor that can either spin to the left or the right. With the right brush attachment, the drill could get a scrub job done fairly easily. The drill has many more functions but using it as a powerful cleaning device is pretty easy to do. By attaching a brush to the end of your drill you can have a long reach brush that will have enough rotation to clean just about everything, from hard to reach corners in shower to areas that you ordinarily might not be able to scrub. Attaching a brush to the drill is also a great way to clean the rims on your car, as it will reach the hard to reach crevices in the wheels.

Drill Pilot Holes Before You Use A Hammer

Have you ever tried to hammer a nail into a piece of furniture only to have it split from the impact? This is one of the most frustrating things ever. But, a drill can solve the problem. Utilizing one of your drill bits you can easily drill a pilot hole in the piece of furniture that you are working on, giving you a way to do furniture repairs without the fear of splitting the wood. Utilizing the drill for pilot holes is especially effective for used furniture that you might purchase at a thrift store, because finding matching pieces of wood can be hard enough. A drill is also an effective tool for drilling pilot holes into sheetrock, whether you are trying to hang a TV on the wall or a towel bar.

The Drill Is A Magnet

Perhaps one of the worst things that can happen to a do-it-yourselfer is losing a screw when you are trying to complete a project. Losing a screw or a nail can cause you frustration and delays when you have to go out and get a replacement, and some prefab furniture only comes with a specific set of screws, to begin with. The tip of most drills is magnetic, an increasingly useful feature for the do-it-yourselfer who tends to lose screws and drill bits during their projects. If you have ever lost a little tool or a piece to a shelf that you are building you’ll know just how frustrating this can be.

Using Your Drill As A Cheap Buffer/Grinder

The drill is a very versatile tool, and although it is simple in its design, what makes the drill such a versatile companion for the DIY user is the fact that it oscillates. Which means that you could technically connect just about any type of brush to the drill tip, right? Well, that’s why the drill also makes an amazingly cheap buffer and grinder. You can purchase a buffer that will connect right to your drill bit at most hardware stores, and this is a great way to inexpensively wax your vehicle or buff out that paint job on your boat. In addition to being a great buffer, you can also purchase a grinder extension for your drill as well, which makes small grinding jobs a breeze. Ordinarily, you’d have to buy an entirely new grinder to get the job done, but if you have a power drill you’ll just buy the tip and be on your way to grinding.

Using A Super Long Drill Bit Extension

Suppose that there is a light fixture that you can’t reach, but you don’t have a ladder. Well, if you have a power drill there is a solution and it's called an extension. You can get a drill bit extension that’s up to six feet, and that will give you quite an amount of reach when it comes to doing DIY jobs around your home. If you have not done this before you are missing out, because these extension bits make the job a whole lot easier to accomplish. The extension bit is perfect for reaching light fixtures, HVAC vents, and just about anything too high for you to reach but you need to unscrew it.

As always, be sure to follow the proper safety and maintenance protocols when using your drill, as you enjoy the many ways you can use it beyond just hanging pictures or drilling holes!

Resources— The Family Handy Man, Bob Vila