Tools are important to every professional and amateur handyman. Unfortunately, tools break and get lost, and sometimes you’re in urgent need of a tool that you don’t have at hand for one reason or another.
Here at Fantastic Handyman, we’ve made a series of helpful articles about what you can use if you don’t happen to have a certain tool available:
We are continuing the series with another essential tool every handyman should have in their tool box.
What Can You Use if You Don’t Have a Drill
The main function of a drill is to make holes for bolts in hard surfaces. The other function is to ease the stress of screwing bolts instead of using a manual screwdriver. It does come in handy when you have to screw a multitude of bolts.
So with this said, you can easily replace the second function by using a common screwdriver, as tedious as it can be. For drilling a hole, however, you need something different.
Method #1: For drilling holes into plastic
- Heat a sharp piece of copper;
- Place over the plastic surface, where you wish to drill a hole;
- Let it melt the plastic into the shape of a hole.
The trick is to have the ideal size copper piece, but you can easily find it in your local hardware store.
Method #2: Make your own bow drill
- Use two wooden sticks – tie a strong piece of string on both ends of one to serve as a bow, and the other should have a sharp end on one side and a handle on the other.
- Scrape out a small hole in the wood, where you wish to drill your hole.
- Place the pointy end of your second stick there and apply pressure.
- Wrap the string (bow) around the drill bit.
- Drill into the wood by pushing on the handhold and moving the bow.
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Method #3: Brace and bit
If you happen to own a tool called a brace, and if you’re in need of drilling larger holes, this is your solution. Simply apply pressure at the top of the brace and rotate the u-shaped bit.
Method #4: Self-drilling screws
You can save yourself a lot of trouble if you simply get your hands on self-drilling screws. Look in your local hardware store and just use a normal screwdriver.
These are the four most commonly used replacements of your drill tool. More handy tips on tool replacements are coming up, so standby.
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