Tools & Gadgets

How To Choose The Right Drill For Your Projects

Having the right tools can make do it yourself projects so much easier. But, with some hand tools there’s so many different types to choose from it’s hard to know which one you really need and which one you’ll get the most use out of.

If you’ve done any do it yourself projects at all, chances are that you’ve needed a drill for a lot of them. There are various types of drills available and knowing a little about them can save you money in purchasing features you don’t need. But, it can also help guarantee that you’ll have the right tool you need.

There is basically three types of drills, a regular drill, a hammer drill and screw guns. You can now find many drills that are cordless, which is a great feature to have. It gives you lot’s more mobility when you working on a project.

Regular or standard drills are mainly for use on wood or metal. They’re usually fairly small and easy to handle and generally have 500 watt motors. While a small drill is great for small jobs, the low wattage power supplied by these drills won’t work well for heavy duty work.

They’re very durable and offer much more power than cordless drills. With a standard electric drill you can also use attachments to mix paint or mortar. And, you can find various types of drill bits to drill into almost any type of material.

Another problem with standard drills is the chuck size. You should always check the size before purchasing a drill. Some chucks only accept small drill bits, which makes it impossible to use for larger holes or screws.

Hammer drills, just like the name implies uses a hammering action to drill a hole. This type of drill is excellent for drilling into stone, brick or any type of masonry material. But, this type is known to wear out quickly, it can vibrate so hard that you can barely hold it and they often won’t penetrate into harder surfaces.

However, if you need a hammer type drill, consider getting a pneumatic hammer drill. They produce a lot less vibration and usually work their way into any surface. There is a huge difference in the price though, which you need to take into consideration as well.

Screw guns or electric screwdrivers are specifically made to insert screws. Some electric screwdrivers have special drill bits that can be used to drill small holes as well. But, they’re usually not very powerful and not very dependable for bigger jobs.

If you want a heavy duty drill, a drill press is the way to go. Drill presses can be mounted to your work bench, the floor or you can purchase a stand to mount it to. A drill press gives you many advantages over other types of drills.

Less effort is needed to drill into surfaces and holes can be drilled much more accurately and quicker. Being attached to a work bench, you can easily use a vice to hold the piece you’re drilling in place securely while you work on it. And, many have a selection of speeds that can be used to drill.

Cordless drills are very convenient, you just plug them in to let them charge when not in use and then take them anywhere that you need to drill. However, unlike electric drills they don’t provide continuous use. If you need to use the drill a lot, you’ll have to purchase separate battery packs to keep the drill running.

There has been a lot of advancement in cordless drills since they first came out and some actually perform almost to the standards of a regular drill. They battery packs that were originally only 7 volts have been upgraded to around 18 volts to perform for longer periods of time between re-charging the battery.

How To Properly Use a Sink Auger

A sink auger may be a tool that you don’t use on a regular basis, but when you need it, you’ll be glad there’s one in your tool box. A sink auger clears or breaks up clogs in the drainage pipes of both sinks and bath tubs, but it should not be used on toilets.

A sink auger has a flexible cable with a bit on one end of it. The cable is in a coil inside a drum like canister. As you turn the canister, the cable will turn twisting the bit down into the drain pipe, it twists inside the clog and breaks it up.

To unclog your sink or bath tub drain, you’ll first need to remove the strainer basket or stopper. Then loosen the screw on the sink auger and extend the cable down into the drain. Once you feel the cable stop against the clog, let about another foot of the cable out and tighten the screw back up.

Crank the handle on the canister drum using gentle, but firm pressure. Keep turning the auger until you can feel it take hold of the clog. As you feel the auger bit working itself into the clog, release a little more cable and continue to turn the handle until you feel it break free.

When the auger bit breaks through the clog, you will notice there’s less resistance when turning the handle. This process usually always works well on clogs that are inside the sink trap.

Remove the sink auger by rolling it back into the canister, you may need to wash it off, depending on what was clogging the drain. If it was grease, there will be grease all over the auger bit.

Flush the drain repeatedly with hot water to make sure that the clog is gone. If you extended the auger cable farther than what was need to reach the trap and the clog is still there, you will need to remove the trap to go farther into the pipe.

The sink trap holds water, so place a bucket underneath it before removing the trap. Loosen the large slip nuts that are at each end of the sink trap with a pipe wrench. Remove the trap and empty the water into the bucket.

Insert the auger cable into the drain pipe and repeat the same process that you did on the sinks trap. Once you feel the cable pushing against the clog, release another foot or so and continue to turn the handle. Remember to loosen and tighten the screw each time you release extra cable.

Keep releasing more cable until you feel the auger bit break through the drain clog. Once the clog has been broken up, turn the canister handle until you’ve rolled the full length of the cable back into the canister drum.

Reassemble all of the pipes and again, flush the drain out with hot water from the sink. Using hot water will not only help flush out any remaining debris, if the clog was caused by grease, it can also help to dissolve any that remains in the pipes.

To properly store your sink auger until the next time that you need it, clean all of the grease, hair or any other debris off of the cable and bit. If you have somewhere to lay the auger, let the cable air dry and then use a spray lubricant to protect the cable before rolling it up into the canister drum.

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