8 Essential Tools for Every Household
From hammers and drills, learn what hand and power tools should be in your tool box, what to look for when shopping, and how these tools work.
It's a drill! It's a screwdriver! It's both! Every power-tool manufacturer makes a combination "drill and screwdriver" that enables you to drill holes, and, with a simple change of the bit, drive screws.
An example of an application for this two-fer tool might be installing a drapery rod. You'd use one bit to predrill the holes for the screws. Then you'd use a screwdriver bit to secure the brackets. Same tool, two jobs.
Drill-drivers can be electric (corded) or battery operated (cordless). The batteries on cordless tools do need to be recharged, but you don't have a pesky cord getting in your way.
When drilling, you want to approach the surface at a perfect 90-degree angle. This can take some practice. To help you, some drills come with level bubbles that indicate whether you're steering straight on or heading off course.
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