Power Drill Safety Tips You Must Follow When Drilling Walls and More
Power drills pack a big punch and can be incredibly useful for a wide variety of jobs, as long as they all involve putting holes in things of course! The thing is, anything that
Although you probably shouldn’t point your drill at someone either!
involves doing such a thing is going to be quite dangerous if you don’t know how to use it properly – just like the majority of power tools. Just grabbing a drill and getting to work could end in quite a nasty accident, so you need to be aware of the dangers associated with carrying out tasks such as drilling a hole in the wall to put up a shelf. It may sound easy, but it can cause one hell of a mess if you don’t know what you’re doing.
So, before you set yourself up for such a task make sure you follow the following safety tips so the job gets done without a hitch.
Kit yourself out in protective gear
Kit yourself out in protective gear: Yep, drilling does require some protective gear unless you want to get injured. Firstly, and most importantly, is wearing some protective goggles. When you’re drilling into any surface, be it wood or concrete, dust and flakes of debris are going to shoot out as you break through with the drill. Those pieces can quite easily get into your eyes, so it’s important to keep them protected. Equally you may want to use a breathing mask so you’re not breathing any of it in.
You can wear gloves if you wish, but only if they are form fitting. Baggy gloves may get caught in the drill, so don’t wear them if this is the case. In fact baggy clothing in general should be avoided.
Ear defenders aren’t a necessity (unless you’re using a hammer drill), but as drills can get pretty loud and you’re usually fairly close up to the drilling in question you may want to protect your ears anyway (especially if you do a lot of regular drilling).
If drilling walls:- Check walls before drilling: If you’re drilling into a wall then it is extremely important that you check for live electrical wires, water pipes and studwork before you drill. You want to get hold of an electrical detector that will detect wires behind walls. For finding studs you need a stud detector, although there are 3 in 1 detectors available that will detect metal, studs and wiring.
If drilling into something loose:- Secure your drill target: If you’re drilling into something like a loose piece of wood then be sure to clamp it down or secure it with a vice, otherwise it may slip and end up ruined.
Properly set the drill bit: Make sure you’ve properly inserted the drill bit into the chuck and it isn’t loose. If the drill bit is loose while drilling then it may slip and ruin that straight hole you were aiming for.
Never touch the drill bit just after drilling: This area of the drill is obviously going to be doing the drilling, meaning it can get really hot. If you need to change it give it about 10 minutes to cool down first.
Use the charger that came with the cordless drill: Don’t be tempted to use a charger that didn’t come with cordless drill, even if the same company has made it. Each charger is specifically designed for that drill; you can damage the charger or battery if you use a charger that wasn’t made for that drill.
Inspect you drill regularly: Make sure all the components, including the charger, are working fine and nothing is loose or broken. If something is wrong then do not use the drill until it has been effectively repaired, otherwise get yourself a new drill.
Keep all children away from the work area: In fact, keep anyone who isn’t helping and isn’t wearing protective gear away from where you are drilling. This is common sense to be honest.
Take a look at the following video for a visual guide on drill safety: