The cordless drill is one of the most useful tools for all of those little jobs around the house. Because it doesn’t need to be plugged in it can be used in hard to reach places or outside, and modern battery packs mean you’re not plugging it in every five minutes to recharge it. However, if all you use your cordless drill for is DIY then you could be missing out.
Don’t worry, we’re not recommending that you chuck the kitchen mixer in the bin and start to make cakes using your drill instead. But if you’ve ever struggled to mix up a pot of paint which has been sitting in the garage for a couple of years, your cordless drill will do the job far better than an old stick.
Most DIY stores sell special “mixing bits” which are designed to attach to nearly all models of cordless drill. These will mix up your paint, glue or other liquids far more efficiently – just remember to use your drill on the slowest setting to avoid paint being splattered everywhere when you turn the drill on. You can also get special mixing attachments which allow you to mix mortar or grout.
Flat Pack Furniture
If you own a cordless electric screwdriver already, then it’s probably not worth spending the extra on the special flathead and Phillips screwdriver bits to convert your cordless drill. If you are struggling with manual screwdrivers, spending a few pounds on special drill bits can transform the way you do small repairs around the house and put together larger items like flat pack furniture. These sorts of drill bits often cost less than buying a decent set of screwdrivers, and are definitely well worth the investment.
Remember also that you can just put your drill into reverse and remove any screws which you have put in the wrong place.
Cleaning Burned Pans
We’ve all had disasters in the kitchen which have left our best saucepans burned, and however much you scrub at them it can be impossible to get them clean. You can use the wire wool or light sanding attachment on your cordless drill to make short work of this, as long as you are careful and work with the drill on the slowest setting.
Your drill can also be used to remove rust from pans, leaving them looking as good as new. Take your time start off slowly and keep the drill moving around the surface of the pan so that you are not making the pan thinner in one area. Always make sure you clean your pans thoroughly before you use them again and remember that this cleaning method only works on solid metal pans, don’t try it on anything with a non-stick coating.
It’s not going to save you money, but you can use your cordless drill in a standard pepper grinder to grind up peppercorns much more quickly than you could by hand. Just unscrew the top of the pepper grinder and fit the drill carefully onto the shaft inside. Slowly squeeze the handle to start the drill working and catch the pepper as it falls out of the bottom of the grinder. It goes without saying that this method of grinding pepper isn’t really something which you should let the children attempt.
There are some projects which you can get the children involved in, although it’s never wise to set them loose with power tools. Paper plates work well for this project, and begin by attaching them to the centre of the drill. As the drill moves, the plate will rotate slowly. Get an adult to use the drill, and allow the kids to use crayons, coloured pencils or felt tip pens to decorate the plates as they rotate. Hold the pen in the same place as the plate spins to make circles, or use a selection of different colours to make a striped pattern.
Paper plates are so cheap to buy that you can allow the kids to experiment with lots of different ideas. Once the plates have been decorated, they can be used in lots of different types of artwork and collage – search online for inspiration.