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#402 - Window Work

Featured Tool - Power Drill/Cordless Drill Driver

This is a must have for every-do-it-yourselfer! Saves time and energy! A cordless drill/driver works its way into most of our projects because of its' versatility. On this weeks show it helped with all of our projects from installing a skylight, a garden window, and assembling a wooden cornice.

What is so great about a cordless drill/driver is the same tool can be used to both drill pilot holes and drive in screws. As with most power tools, there are so many to choose from, different styles, features, and price ranges. As a general rule, the less expensive models aren't as powerful and often loose power quicker and take longer to recharge. Here are some features that a good cordless drill should have:

    Forward & Reverse
    Variable Speeds - (gives you more control)
    Clutch Settings For Driving Screws
    At Least 9V
    Quick Recharge
    Second Battery
    Carrying Case
Accessories and Bits:
There are many kits available for the basic bits you will need for your cordless drill/driver. For your drill, sizes from 1/16 inch to the maximum the drill chuck accepts will meet almost all of your needs. The basic drill bit set usually includes various sizes of twist bits that can be used for either wood or metal. Read the package, through, because there are bits for specific surfaces, such as ceramic. A few twist bits may also have brad points for wood only. Spade bits are best for drilling oversized holes in wood up to 11/2 inches in diameter.

The bits that you would use to drive in screws also come in starter kits, and fit the most common types and sizes of screws. Tips for No. 6, 8, 10, and 12 slotted screws and for #1 and #2 Phillips head screws are the most useful. A short magnetic extension shaft that accepts screwdriver tip inserts is very handy, especially when installing screws in hard to reach areas.

Whenever driving screws or hammering nails into wood, we recommend as you often see us do, drilling pilot holes first. Pilot holes help prevent the wood from splitting, especially if the nails or screws are being installed near the edge of or into the end of a board. To recess a wood screw, drill a pilot hole with a combination drill and countersink bit, or use standard twist bits of appropriate size and a separate countersink bit.

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