Right Angled Drills: The Whys and Hows


Every home repair or maintenance task requires the use of tools, and in certain circumstances there are specialist tools that help get the job done more quickly than you would otherwise be able to.

One such tool is the right angle drill, a long thin drill that helps you to engage fasteners securely in awkward or challenging locations throughout the house, such as between joists or in within small cupboards.

Steps in Deploying the Right Angle Drill

Step 1 – Identify Drilling Location and Prepare The Material and Drill

The first step in using a right angle drill is to carry out the right preparations for using it. This includes marking the exact location where the drilling is to take place. Now, due to the nature of where you’re likely to be drilling this could in itself prove to be difficult, so you might need to be creative, for instance using a stubby pencil to mark out hole drilling positions is better if the space is too small to use a regular pen or pencil.

Before attempting any drilling you should obviously select the right size drill bit for the job and fit it to the drill, remember it’s probably not going to be easy to see what you’re doing as you drill, so you need to make your preparations that much more accurate, which includes selecting the right size drill bit. Remember, if in doubt start with a smaller drill bit first and drill a pilot hole, you can always increase the drill bit size if necessary.

Step 2 – Positioning The Drill  

The right angle drill must be firmly held in one hand and aligned to the identified point or position for drilling. Once the drill position and location are ready, press the drill firmly on the selected surface and use the other hand to pull the trigger. Again, although this is straightforward to understand, you should be sure to check and check again that you’re happy with you’re position before you start to drill.

Continue to work the drill bit carefully and slowly into the selected surface until the desired depth is achieved. Holding the drill steady is essential for best results; hence, no fumbling fingers or tired hands should be relied on for this sort of task.

The drill should be slowly withdrawn from the hole and surface until it is totally out before switching off.

Step 3 – Test and Repeat

Test the drilled hole to see if it is large enough to take it the desired screw or dowel both in size and depth; if not, repeat the drilling process carefully while again keeping in mind the required measurements you wish to achieve

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