Learn how to use a drill so you can tackle any project
While using power drills may seem intimidating at first, it’s quite simple once you know the basics. This video and guide will teach you how to use a drill so you can be confident, comfortable and ready to take on any project.
Safety: Always wear protective glasses or goggles when using power tools.
Anatomy of a Power Drill
- Chuck – the part of the drill that rotates and holds the drill bit
- Trigger – squeeze this to operate the drill; release to stop the drill’s rotation
- Clutch torque selector – adjust this to increase or decrease the drill’s speed – faster speeds are best for drilling and lower speeds for driving
- Forward & reverse switch – toggle this switch to reverse the direction of the drill’s rotation; put your drill in reverse to remove screws
- Battery – removable and rechargeable power source
Drill bit – the removable part of the drill that actually goes into the project’s surface
Power Drill Bits
The drill bit you use will depend upon the project:
How To Use a Drill
Safety: Always remove the battery (or disconnect from power source if using a corded drill) before exchanging drill bits.
- Loosen the chuck to remove, adjust or change out the drill bit
- Insert the bit
- Tighten the chuck
- Adjust torque
Stabilize drill vertically and start with a low speed and gradually speed up
Now that you know how to use a drill, let’s tackle some projects: