How to Use a Drill

Drills are must-haves for DIY enthusiasts and new homeowners in general. Drills are highly versatile tools and can be used around the home to drill little holes, and curved surfaces, twist wires, mix grout and concrete, grind metal, and remove dust. Given the many uses, drills are also dangerous tools if not used properly.

For example, electric drills can cause electrocution, if not placed properly, drills can fall from the edge of the bench and hit the toes. At times the drills can get stuck, on other occasions, they could fly the drilling material into the operator’s eyes. Also, the chips of the material being drilled could fly and launch on the operator’s flesh.

Thus, using a drill is not just about plugging in the battery and drilling away, there are safety precautions that must be observed before using. First off, the operator must wear the appropriate safety gear, and that is the safety goggles, you will need a breathing mask, to protect yourself from the dust. You will also need sock-like fitting gloves and safety boots. If you are working on a big project, an overall apron will help keep your clothes clean and protect you from flying objects.

How to use a drill 

Before you drill into that piece of wood or metal, ensure that it has been clamped down tightly so that it does not shift. Drills use different types of bits, and if you don’t hold the drill properly chances are that the bits will break or deform. So, to keep them in good condition, you will have to hold the drill perpendicular to your work surface and ensure that it retains a straight posture.

When it comes to drilling, hold the equipment firmly on your hands, then apply even and steady pressure. Be sure to start drilling slowly, then increase your speeds as you continue drilling.

How to use a cordless drill

Cordless drills tend to be portable and can be used in any area of your workshop. They come with a rechargeable battery, thus if you want to keep work going in your workshop, best you get two batteries so that you never run out of power. The design of the cordless drill has incorporated a forward and reverse button, located under the pistol and can be accessed with your index finger.

At the upper part of the drill, you will find a high and low setting switch, the high speeds are usually used for drilling, while the lower speeds are used for driving. A variety of the drills have incorporated a clutch, designed to afford the operator more control and prevents them from over-driving when using the drill. At the very front part of the drill, you will find the chuck, and which holds the drilling bits into place.

So, as you go drill bit shopping, ensure that the bits that you pick have the shank size that will perfectly fit your drill and get the job done. As a rule of thumb instead of getting single loose drill bits, you could invest in a drill bit case, that comes equipped with specialty bits and which will enable you to perform a variety of tasks around the home.

Installation of the bits into the drill

Drill bit installation might seem easy but for first-time users, it might prove hard as they might find it difficult to properly hold the drill while inserting the drill bit. So the first step will be to pick up your drill and on the right side, you will see a button, press it to put it on forward. The next step is to grip on to your chuck (the front part of your drill), but ensure to have on hand the drill bit that you wish to insert. Don’t push it all in instead put it in between the jaws, about 1/8 of an inch, and then use the reverse button to tighten down the drill bit.

As you insert the drill bit in place, don’t hold it too tight because once you press the reverse button, it must rotate as it is being tightened down. Some drills might need you to again tighten down the drill bit, for this option just grab the chuck and rotate it to the left. Some drills might produce a clicking sound, and some might not, so what you do is keep rotating it to the left until you are unable to.

How to remove the drill bit from the drill

To remove the drill bit, first, you will have to rotate your chuck to the right, only if the function is available. This process will loosen up the drill bit and you can remove it. If your drill does not have the tightening rotate function, just use the button under the drill, and with your index finger press forward. When you press the forward button on your drill, the jaws that grab the drills will loosen up and allow the drill bits to come off.

When you put in the drill bit and press the reverse button the drill will rotate and bring the jaws closer thus tighten the drill bit into place.

How to use a power drill

Drills come in two types, we have the electric drill and the battery-operated drill. The electric drill must be connected to a power receptacle before use. The power drill operates a little bit differently from the battery-operated drill. To insert the drill bits, you will first unplug the drill from the power socket then rotate the chuck to loosen the jaws.

If you are finding it difficult to loosen the chuck with your hand, find the chuck key, which is usually kept in a compartment in the top or handle of the drill. Put in the drill bit and tighten it, if you used the key, be sure to remove it before using the drill. Next, ensure that the drill bit is straight so that it doesn’t get damaged.

At times drills can drill holes deeper than they are supposed to, so to avoid this, you can measure the inches that you want drilled and then measure the inches in your drill and use a painter’s tape to control the depth. So, as you drill keep an eye out for the painter’s tape, once you reach it, you can stop drilling.


When it comes to using a drill, all you need is the right tool for your project and the relevant bits that will ensure the successful completion of the job. Drills are dangerous tools that can cause life-threatening harm, so all the safety measures must be observed before using the drill.


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Arthur Allen has been using all sorts of power tools for the last 27 years, gaining a lot of experience on how they work, how to determine what makes a power good, and becoming an expert on the subject through many years of real world trial and error. Not only is Arthur and expert in tools, but various building jobs as well.