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Utilise the full potential of your drill / driver

More than just a combination screwdriver and drill, you can use a drill / driver for so many home diy projects and tasks by using various and accessories that enhance what a drill / driver can do.

 

Included as part of an accessories kit, or bought separately, a screwdriver bit holder allows you to easily chop and change screwdriver bits without any fuss. These holders are available as standard or magnetised and allow quick changing of screwdriver bits when you are working with different screws. And for most projects you may need to use at least two different types of screws.

The standard holder is only used in conjunction with screwdriver bits and is not for use with any other accessories or attachments used on a drill / driver.

A countersink bit is handy to have when you need to sink screw heads into the surface of the wood or board you are using. Tork Craft offer a range of sizes, with a 12mm being the most common size you would use. These bits drill an angled hole that allows the screw head to be screwed below the surface (or sunk below the level of the counter). This makes finishing easier as you use less wood filler, or can easily pop on screw caps to cover up the screw heads.

A drill / driver provides a lightweight and easy to use drill that can be used for home DIY projects, including drilling into plaster walls. There are now newer models on the market that also offer hammer drill functions, offering even more applications for a drill / driver.

When using the drill function it is advisable to invest in quality drill bits to ensure less strain - and less hard work - when drilling into a variety of materials.

We recommend Alpen drill bits for all your drilling projects. These bits might be a bit on the pricey side, but at the end of the day they will outlast cheaper bits and ultimately cost less in the long run. You will find Alpen bits at your local Builders, and can choose from wood, stone or steel bits, or buy all-purpose bits that will drill into almost any material without you needed to change the bit.

GOOD TO KNOW
When drilling into any material always leave the drill on forward motion when you pull out of the hole being drilled. This ensures that all debris in the hole will be removed when you pull out the bit.

You can also use spade bits in a drill / driver. Your local Builders stock a selection of Tork Craft spade bits, either packaged as single or in sized sets. The black Tork Craft spade bits are hardened steel and will last longer than the plain steel bits.

Spade bits are handy to have in your toolbox for drilling holes through wood or board. If you need to make ventilation holes, drill holes in drawers rather than fit handles or knobs, or make recessed holes for joining thick sections of timber together, you will find the spade bit an easy to use and affordable option.

MAD bits are another easy way to drill holes in timber and board, and I personally find these far easier and safer to use than spade bits. Tork Craft offer a packed kit that contains a selection of various sized MAD bits.

Not only can you use a MAD bit to drill a hole, these bits can also be used to route slots by moving them forwards or backwards, or you can cut curves and channels. The tip on the MAD bit is smaller than that on a spade bit and allows you to use a MAD bit in place of a Forstner bit if you need to drill holes in doors for fitting Euro or concealed hinges.

One final accessory that can be used in conjunction with a drill / driver is the Tork Craft Dimpler. This ingenious attachment allows you to screw into drywall or gypsum board without damaging the surface or driving the screw too deep. The device stops your drill from turning as it touches the surface of the board.

And you thought your drill / driver was just a basic power tool. Think again! There are many ways to put a drill / driver to use in ways that make your DIY experience easier and more enjoyable.

You can visit the Tork Craft website for more information on their full range of products, or click here for more information on the Alpen range of accessories. All Tork Craft and Alpen accessories are available at your local Builders Warehouse.

 

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