A cordless drill is a powerful tool for anyone who wants to complete a variety of home improvement jobs.
Not only DIYers, cordless drills are loved by professionals as well.
They make working with wood, masonry, etc. much easier than their corded counterparts, especially when power outlets aren’t in the proximity.
Even if you aren’t an avid DIYer, you will find a cordless tool useful for completing small house improvement jobs that could cost you several hundred dollars should you hire an expert.
While using cordless drills is pretty straightforward, you may mess things up if you are fully aware of how to use a cordless drill the right way.
You could end up wasting time and effort and hampering your project and the drill itself, if you make some mistakes.
To make sure that you do not make a blunder, here are some common mistakes to avoid:
Not planning ahead
This is the most common mistake that you can make. Cordless drills run on battery and if your battery isn’t fully charged, you may not be able to complete your project.
Stalling your project midway will hamper your workflow or render it useless.
So, you can’t just wake up in the morning and start using your drill.
You have to plan in advance and recharge the drill batteries so that you can work smoothly.
Avoiding the pilot hole
Many a time, amateurs make the mistake of working without a pilot hole.
A pilot hole is a small hole that acts as a guide for screw or nail placement or as the base of a bigger hole.
Once you have the pilot hole, you can gradually increase its size to fit your screw or nail.
Doing so is advisable because a smaller hole can be easily expanded to a bigger one, but not vice-versa.
That is why it is recommended that you start with a pilot hole.
Ignoring the type of drill bits
Drill bits are small cutting tools that help drill through different types of material. Drill bits are made of different types of material.
Wrong choice can not only damage the bit, but also affect your project and the drill itself.
For example, drill bits made of steel or any other metal must never be used on masonry, stone, asphalt, etc. as these will dull the bits and render it useless for work pieces made of metal.
Diamond bits are ideal for cutting through granite, marble, stone, porcelain, glass, etc.
Selecting the wrong bit design
Not only should you take care of the type of drill bit you are choosing, you should also ensure that you are choosing the correct design.
Drill bits come in all shapes and sizes for boring into different types of material and you should use one that’s perfect for the job.
A wrong choice can lead to bit damage or breakage as well as damage to the drill motor. So, choose a bit specially designed for the purpose.
Choosing wrong speed settings
All drills come with different speed settings for a variety of project purposes. Too low or too high speed can ruin your work piece.
Selecting the appropriate speed is essential if you want perfect results.
The rule of the thumb is that harder/tougher the material is, the slower the speed should be and the softer the material is, the faster should the speed be.
Using high speed on a tough material can cause the drill bit to break and drilling a softer material slow can cause uneven boring.
Not using appropriate pressure
Modern cordless drills are very easy to use. However, without the use of appropriate pressure, it would be impossible to complete any project.
As a rule, increase pressure with increase in the size of drill bits.
If you apply extra pressure on a drill bit, it may break, and if the pressure isn’t enough, the bit becomes blunt.
So, it is vital that you apply appropriate pressure.
Using the drill in reverse direction
This is a mistake that happens with many. Drill bits must always rotate to the right, unless the drill is left-handed.
Rotating the drill bits to the left will heat up the bits without cutting through
This makes your efforts futile and reduces the lifespan of your drill bits.
Forgetting the lubricant
If you are planning to drill metal of any type, do not forget to use a lubricant.
Drill bits are tempered by heating them and if they are heated again while drilling, the tempering process may be reversed.
This can make the metal of the bits harder and prone to breakage. If lubricants aren’t used before drilling, the drill bits may lose their toughness over time and become useless.
That is why it is imperative that you use a lubricant to keep your drill bits cool.
Disrupting air flow
All machines heat up when they are used and cordless drills are no different.
When you run a drill, the motor as well as the drill bits get heated up.
In order to keep the machine cool, drills have holes or air flow vents that allow air to pass through, thereby cooling the motor and coil within.
A common mistake that people make while using drills is that they cover the air vents that allow the passage of cool air.
This can cause the coils and armature to burn.
Leaving the drill dirty
Whether you use the drill frequently or occasionally, you ought to keep your drill clean.
Drilling causes residue to be deposited on the ventilation slots, chuck, etc.
Cleaning the deposits after every use is important to ensure that the drill can perform as it should and gives a good lasting.
Keeping your drill dirty can reduce its performance and lifespan significantly.
Cordless drills are a must-have tool for anyone who doesn’t want to spend hard-earned money for simple home improvement projects.
But it also essential that you know how to use it properly or you may end up causing personal and material damage.