If you like to fix things around the house, you no doubt keep a few key tools at the ready, including a hammer, a variety of screwdrivers, and utility knives. And let’s not forget the Holy Grail of handy household tools, the cordless drill.
Want to make your cordless drill even handier than it already is? Try these amazing drill hacks you’ll never forget.
Vegetable and Fruit Peeler
That’s right! You can actually use your drill as a vegetable or fruit peeler. Make sure to use a pre-washed screw set for this hack. Start by using the drill bit to bite into the vegetable’s or fruit’s core. Next, hold a peeler against the skin of the veggie or fruit. Then, turn on the drill to peel the skin off of the item.
Magnetic Screw Holder
Struggling to find drill bits or fasteners while you work can get really frustrating. Instead, put a tiny bit of hot glue or superglue onto your drill frame, and then attach a strong magnet to the glue. Then place your bits or screws on the magnet for easy access while you work.
Electric Can Opener
Convert a manual can opener into an electric one with this super cool hack. Take off the handle from a regular manual can opener. When you do this, you’ll be able to see the handle axle. Then put the axle into your drill chuck. Now you have an electric can opener!
Cup Dust Collector
When you drill overhead, you have to deal with dusty waste material falling down. Try this quick hack to make dust collection a breeze. Poke a hole into the bottom of a Dixie or paper cup. Then slide the cup down over your drill bit with the mouth of the cup facing up. Then drill as usual, and the dust will fall directly into the cup.
Power Clean Brush
If you want to deep-clean areas of your house that are hard to reach, try this hack. Attach a brush to your drill, reach into difficult-to-clean areas, and turn on the drill to the appropriate speed for the task at hand. Now you have a powerful DIY drill cleaner.
Creating a Little Give
If you’ve ever drilled a smooth surface, then you know it can be extremely difficult to get a hole started. And for glass, it’s especially challenging. Try this hack to make this type of drilling easier. Gather painter’s tape and dense cardboard. Then tape the cardboard over the drilling area. Next, at low speed, use a carbide-tipped bit to make a small divot in the material. The cardboard helps steady the bit. Now you can throw the cardboard away and continue with the job.
Easy Pilot Holes
This hack helps you successfully drill into volatile material that might split on impact. Of course, drilling a pilot hole will help, but you may not have the right-sized bit available. Don’t worry … you can actually use a nail to start the pilot hole. Cut off the nail head, place the nail body in the drill chuck, and drill the pilot hole.
If you need a drill with extra reach, you don’t need to buy an expensive drill extender. You can actually create your own three-foot drill extender yourself. Just follow this step-by-step guide from Family Handyman. With a few materials and a little time, you’ll have this extra-long screwdriver or drill bit in no time.
A Simpler Depth Stop
To create an accurate target depth guide when drilling multiple holes, try this simple but effective hack. Just use a permanent marker to specify on the drill bit the correct target depth. Then after you’re done with the project, clean the marker off the drill bit.
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