Not positive if you’ll actually use a powered impact driver too often if you get one? Or perhaps you have got one already but are not working too much with it. Check out these ten ways in which to use your impact driver to get some work done in no time! Construct a deck Save yourself some time and energy when you construct a deck - use a battery powered impact driver . You may set the screws in no time, and regardless of the fastener type you won’t strip the screw heads. Get yourself one with a light weight li-ion battery and your arm won’t be sore the next day! Boring… There’s nothing like curing boredom than making stuff round the house. Like saw dust. Or a hole. A huge hole. Bore some big holes using some huge torque.
If you would like to quickly rough out some massive holes with that auger bit, and you aren’t near a wall plug for your plain drill, use an impact driver to blast through and still have battery power left over. Since the power is not provided simply by the motor, even difficult jobs will not affect a battery as fast as a regular drill.
Change those tires You may probably need at least an 18v model; however if the grease monkey who tightened your wheels wasn’t a wise guy you almost certainly have enough power to take off those lug nuts in no time.
If they’re too tight or rusty or otherwise too tight, use a long bar to loosen them, then switch to your impact driver to make short work of the rest. Then lube everything up, and tighten them right back on.
Another tip: for those of you without a real floor jack, speed up the small scissors-jack that comes with the vehicle and use the impact driver instead of the small lug wrench.
Rock and roll Yes, you’ll be able to put up wall board with a powered impact driver. In fact, the low weight and small size make it straightforward to use and not as tiring, too. Be careful not to become too carried away! Some powered drivers are too powerful to control with a light touch. If you think you may have that problem just grab a drywall screw adapter and go to work.
Pre-drilled holes With a chuck-adapter or a collection of hex-shafted drill bits, you’ll be able to remodel your driver into a drill. Quickly drill out holes near the perimeters or ends of the workpiece. Although the impact driver has the strength to sink a screw al by itself, this will prevent splitting and cracking.
Do not lag behind Driving lag bolts is where these tools show off their power. A cordless drill just doesn’t have the facility to seat long lags while not killing the batteries. You’ll still want to drill a pilot hole to stop the wood from cracking, but luckily you have already got the tool for that job, too…
Make sure you have an impact-rated socket or you might be on the lookout for a replacement set before too long.
What is so screwy? Driving screws, in fact! This is why most individuals obtain a powered driver to begin with. Quick speed, high power, no cam out, easy to handle… should we continue? Yes, you will now have to be concerned with tearing the heads off of a number of the weaker screws. It’s a small price to pay!
If you have ever attempted to put a 4” polymer-coated exterior screw into treated wood, over your head, with a drill, and only got half way before it started to strip… you understand what we mean.
Don’t be dim Many of the recent drivers include a bright LED in the front. This permits you to work in the rear of the cupboard below the sink with ease.
Get one like the Makita with ‘Afterglow’ and you can even see for ten seconds after letting go of the trigger switch - that should be long enough to get to that mini-fridge in the garage without being caught!
Nut job. We’ve already discussed a little about lug nuts, but there are tons of nuts out there. And they all need to be tightened. Or loosened.
Anyway, the point is that with a nut-driver attachment, or with a socket adapter and socket set, you’ll rapidly finish any nut-twisting activities with minimal effort.
Break it down So you’ve already engineered a deck, but now you have got to remove the existing deck first. There’s nothing worse than fifteen year old rusty looking screws that are half-buried in wood. You can tell by looking that they don’t wish to turn. And you know from experience that a drill can end up stripping half of them, if you are lucky.
On the other hand, battery powered impact drivers have the torque to free them without stripping those heads - that you already knew if you were being attentive.
Begin off easy if you are coping with rusty looking fasteners - an excessive amount of power, too fast, and you’ll rip the top off leaving the rest of the screw buried within the wood. And then you have another sort of problem.