How to Handle Electric Hand Drills

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Electric drills are important home improvement tools. Master the use of your drill with step-by-step instruction from an experienced remodeler in this free video on using electric hand drills.

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Hi, I'm Chris Palmer. Today, I'm going to talk about how to handle an electric drill. An electric drill should be a pretty important part of your home improvement arsenal. The things you want to keep in mind when you're using this tool are grip - keep a nice, comfortable, but relaxed grip on the tool. Too much tension in your wrist or elbow leads to fatigue and pain. You don't want that. Stay relaxed. Try holding your pointer finger out straight. That puts the wrist at a more comfortable and natural position as opposed to that curve that happens with the finger wrapped around the handle. Get used to the balance of it. You know, just get used to the way that thing feels in your hand, and you'll have better luck using it. This has a keyless chuck, a lot of drills nowadays have that. Here's a cordless model with the same chuck. All you do is turn it to loosen or tighten it. With some practice, you can do a little move like this, where you hold on to the chuck and use the power of the drill to turn it, just like that. Experiment with that, it takes a little bit of getting used to. If you do have a drill, a corded drill, with a chuck key, go ahead and tape it to the cord. That way, you won't lose it. To use this drill, your body weight is a factor in how everything works. You want to put a little bit of pressure, feel free to use your free hand to help you. Put a little bit of pressure when you're drilling or driving. The body mechanics are - you'll feel it naturally. Just stay relaxed, try to be efficient. A lot of times, you're up overhead. Wear safety glasses if you're working above your head level like that. It can be tricky, but use your whole body, stay relaxed, feet planted on the ground. Same with driving holes. You need to keep the drill straight, you need to put a little bit of pressure on, and keep a firm grip on the drill. Thanks for watching. I'm Chris Palmer. That's how you use your electric drill.

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