We have talked a great deal about which drills and drivers are perfect for you. If you have not read our previous blogs, then get some sound knowledge about the must-haves drills and drivers. Having the right type of drills and drivers for your home repair work is crucial yet not enough. You must have the right accessories to cater to different types of drilling, driving, and hammering needs of your work. To help you find out which drillbits and accessories are important, we have a list of top 12 must-have drill, driver, and screwdriver accessories.
1. Twist Drill Bit
Drill bits are cutting tools that can create holers or remove material, of a circular cross-section. When you have drillers and drivers, you need several types of drill bits either for drilling holes. Drill bits vary in shapes, drilling tip, size, and purpose.
A twist drill bit is the most common type and general-purpose drill bit. Your drill set is incomplete without twist drill bits. Twist drill bits are handy for light work that involves drilling through wood, plastic or light metal.
2. Plug Cutter
You cannot drill for plugholes with any drill bits other than plug cutter. Plug cutter comes in sizes of 6, 8 and 10 mm. To make wood plugs, you need to install plug cutters into a drill or drill press. Plug cutter drills accurate holes to create wood plugs for concealing recessed fasteners. The protruding edges of a plug cutter have a sharp metal blade in between that makes concentric hole leaving a tiny cylindrical wood cork in between. The wood cork then fits perfectly in the hole for, creating concealed pug holes.
3. Step Drill Bit
Step drill bits have pointed a bit like the tip of a pencil. You need step drill bits to drill a quarter-inch of holes into a thin metal surface. Other drill bits for creating small holes can tear through the thin metal surfaces. Step drill bits can also drill through wood. These drill bits allow you to use a single bit of drill with different diameters. You can make use of step bits for clearing away waste materials when using other drill bits to drill holes.
4. Tile Drill Bit
For house repair works, you will need to make holes in ceramic tiles. Drilling through tile is a very difficult and risky task unless you use a tile drill bit on your drill. Tile drill bits have a carbide tip to drill into few types of tiles. With tile drill bits, you have lesser chances of making chips and cracks into the tile. However, you have to be very careful and follow the instruction of using a tile drill bit as per packaging.
5. Hex-Drill Bit for Impact Drivers
Impact drivers are a favorite of professionals and homeowners for heavy-duty applications. Impact drivers are powerful drivers that can drill holes and drive and fasten tough screws, which regular drills cannot. Impact drivers require hexagonal-shaped drill bits for all the drilling and driving. Hex-shanked bits have better fitting than round-shanked drill bits.
6. Hex Bolts
These large bolts have a hex-shaped head. Hex bolt is useful to fasten wood to wood or metal to wood. Hex bolts have a high tendency to spin as you tighten it, so you need a wrench to hold it in place. Hex bolts are of plain steel or stainless steel material.
7. Wood Screws
Wood screws come with threaded shafts to attach wood to wood. Wood screws with fewer threads per inches are best for fastening softwoods like pine and spruce. Fine threaded wood screws should be in use for working on hardwoods. Wood screws have either round-heads or flat-heads. You can find wood screws of brass, stainless steel, plain steel or weather-resistant steel.
8. Sheet Metal Screws
Sheet metal screws attaché two sheet metal surfaces. They also join sheet metal with another surface like tubing. Sheet metals screws have either round, flat, or hexagonal head. What makes sheet metal screws from other screws is that they are thread-cutting screws. The tip cuts the threads of metal into which you drive it. Unlike wood screw, partially covered in threads, fine threads cover this one fully. Sheet metals crews that work best are that of aluminum and weather-resistant material.
9. Machine Screws
These crews are a simpler type of screws that are a hybrid of a bolt and a screw. Machine screws fasten metal to metal and plastic to metal. You are most probably going to need these for attaching the light fixture to an electrical box. You will need to turn your machine screw into a hole with taped or cut matching threads. If the machine screw is not able to make a hole then you will need a nut.
10. Socket Screws
Socket screws work where you need strong screws and bolts when the access is limited. Socket screws have a cylindrical head to receive an Allen wrench for driving them into surfaces. You would need a socket screw to attach metal to metal tightly for a safer connection. Socket screws are in common use with surfaces where there is frequent the dissembling and reassembling as socket screws are easy to fasten and drive.
11. Lag Bolts
Lag bolts or lag screws are larger in diameter than other screws and bolts. The large diameter allows the lag bolt to penetrate deeply in wood surfaces. This creates very strong connections with little chances of the loosening of screws after the tightening. Lag bolts are common for building or fixing docks, decks, and wood retaining walls. Lag bolts usually have a corrosive-resistant coating to avoid corrosion with pressure-treated exterior wood. You will usually find lag bolts coated in stainless steel or zinc.
12. Carriage Bolts
Carriage bolt also has a large diameter that comes with nuts and washers to adhere two pieces of wood to each other. Carriage bolt has an extension in cube shape, making the nut turning and tightening easier and prevents the tampering. You do not need a wrench for holding the bolt.
Once the nut tightens, the fastening of the nut is not easy as its head is round and old fashioned. The typical shape of the head makes it very hard for you to grab it with plier or wrench for fastening. Carriage bolts are very common for joints and security fixing like hinges and locks.
For house repair works, you must have the right types of the drill, drivers, nut screws, and other accessories for all the drilling and driving work. Here were the top 12 accessories that complete your tool kit.