A drill driver is a powerful tool for any handyman. Some enthusiastic users even recommend that this is the first power tool you should buy. So you should know how to use a drill driver properly.
With the combination of force, precision and versatility that this tool offers, it’s difficult to disagree. But just how should one use a power drill driver, and why won’t a regular drill cut it?
Both a good regular drill and a drill driver can cut holes as well as drive screws. But comparing the overlapping functions is a bit like comparing an automatic car with an off-road 4WD. The most significant difference comes down to force vs precision.
Let Me Break it Down!
Torque – While drill torque is constant, drill driver torque comes in quick powerful bursts. Because its rotational force comes from the momentum of the rotating striker it’s much easier to hold as you don’t have to use your own personal force to get the torque going.
Clutch – Regular drills don’t have a slip clutch, which is the most important separating factor.
The driver clutch range can have up to 20 gear settings, allowing you more control of the torque intensity with greater precision.
Especially with heavy duty jobs where a regular drill might stall.
These extra features mean that you have a huge range of power and use capacity.
With the same tool, you can harness enough force to remove the lugs from a car tire or gently and precisely drive one of those small, notoriously soft metal decorative screws without stripping the head.
How to Use a Drill Driver properly
Using drill driver to drill is the same as using a regular drill. However, the precise control makes them great for drilling into a variety of dense or problematic surfaces such as ceramics, fiberglass, and metals.
#1: Once you have selected your the bit size needed for the hole, insert it and tighten the jaws by hand.
#2: Ensure the rotation is going in the direction you want.
#3: Check that any materials are secured and will not move during the drilling
#4: Hold the drill at a right angle to the surface, ensuring that the bit will go into the wood straight. You can choose the speed, by adjusting the transmission switch for a high or low torque setting. Pull the trigger and apply a slight pressure till the desired depth is reached.
This is where the drill driver really out performs a regular drill. Being able to run it at the low clutch range offered, prevents overdrive by allowing the motor to disengage from the bit when it reaches its preset force value. This prevents you from bottoming out the screw head or damaging your hardware.
#1: Selected the bit accessory for the type of screw you want to drive, insert it and tighten the jaws by hand.
#2: Ensure the rotation is going in the direction you want.
#3: Fix the bit against the screw, ensuring a straight trajectory.
There are two ways to control the drive and force used: speed and clutch. You can adjust the torque for a high or low speed using the transmission switch. One way is to start with a high speed, alternating off-and-on while you drive the screw. Then apply a constant speed to set it.
Another way, especially when you are working with soft screw materials, is to start at at a low gear and slowly work up as needed. It is also advisable when tightening tough heavy duty lugs, as you can get a rough kick back if you start with too much power.
Best Way To Drill Wall with a Drill Driver
Do you need to drill wall with a hand power drill driver? Don’t worry; this is a very simple task. Despite its simple nature, many individuals (and professionals) do not understand the best approach to take. Fortunately, we have made it very easy for you.
Match Your Drill Bit Type to the Type of Your Screw Head
There exist many different types of screw heads. It is imperative you match your type of bit to the type of screw. The drill bit is the elongated, circular, tool you attach to the tip of your drill.
It is what actually aids in the cutting of your surface. If you fail to match the type of your drill bit to the type of your screw head, you firstly will not complete the job optimally, but you also risk damaging both the screw and your bit.
Attach your Desired Bit to Your Drill
In order to attach your drill bit, first ensure your drill is off. Changing bits while your drill is on increases the chance of injury.
Next, turn the chuck of the drill counter-clockwise to open its jaws.
Once they are open, insert your drill bit into the jaws, ensure it is pushed in completely, and then turn the chuck clockwise allowing the jaws to clench securely to the bit.
Fix Your Screw to Prepare for Drilling
Fix your screw horizontally with one hand, and connect your drill to the screw head with your other hand. Place firm pressure on the screw with the drill, and then release your hand from the screw.
Squeeze the Trigger Gently to Drill Your Screw
Once your screw is securely upright and your drill bit is adequately connected to the screw head, squeeze the trigger gently. Continue to apply firm pressure in the direction the screw is pointing with your hand that is holding the drill.
Keep squeezing and applying this pressure until your screw has cut all the way through your desired surface and is securely fastened in its place.
There you go! It is as easy as that.
How to Remove a Screw From a Wall
Using a drill driver, it is also possible to remove a screw from a wall. We have provided you easy instructions describing how to best remove a screw from your wall as well.
Follow these simple steps in order to successfully remove your screw:
Match Your Drill Bit Type to Screw Head
Again, it is imperative that when removing your screw from your surface, the type of drill bit you use matches the type of your screw head.
Connect the Bit to the Screw Head
Ensure your metal drill bit is securely connected to the head of the screw. Apply a firm pressure in the same direction the screw is pointing using your hand that is holding the drill.
Depress the Forward/Reverse Switch
The location of this switch might vary depending on the type of drill you own. Nonetheless, once you locate it, adjust it in order to set your drill into reverse mode.
If you just drilled your screw into the wall, it should be in forward mode, so you will need to depress the switch.
Squeeze the Trigger Gently
After you have switched your drill to reverse mode, squeeze the trigger gently, just as you would if drilling a screw into a surface.
Continue applying pressure against the screw until it has been successfully removed.
Again, it is as easy as that. Following these simple steps, removing a screw from your wall is a quick and easy process.