Buying a Cordless Drill

Cordless Drills

If your thinking of buying a cordless drill for some of your projects around the home, then I hope the information here will help you out.Cordless drills

Choosing a Drill

Cordless drills are probably a must for the home owner. When buying one go for the lithium ion battery type as they provide more power and are much easier to work with.

I prefer the lighter drills if you happen to be using one for any length of time, and its always better to have two batteries. Just no fun when your screwing on a sheet of drywall and the battery dies, then having to wait half an hour for a recharge.

Popular Drills

Some of the better drills are Makita, Dewalt, Milwaukee,Porter Cable, Hitachi, Ryobi, and there is many more.

Having used a Makita eighteen volt lithium ion during the syrup season for tapping I can say this is one drill I would highly recommend. I found it very easy and comfortable to handle and not to heavy.

The newer brushless model eighteen volt LXT Makita is designed  to run longer , with more power and speed plus a longer life before maintenance.

I have not tried out any of the newer model drills yet, but from my experience with the older drills I would rate Makita as my number one choice to use around the home for repairs and most jobs.Makita cordless drill

Dewalt Drills

The dewalt line of cordless drills are also excellent quality as I have had the opportunity to use them a few times.

With the dewalt if the last three numbers for the model end in a zero then the model is a drill driver, and if it ends in a five then it is a combination drill with the hammer function to use for drilling concrete.

As an example DCD780 and DCD995. The seven eighty just being drill driver on the low end of dewalt drills, and the nine ninety five being both hammer and drill on the top end.

The seven ninety five is the first of dewalts brushless motors and id designed to last longer and have less heat.

The seven eighty, seven eighty five, and seven ninety five are for general purpose work, like putting screws in and lighter drilling.

And the nine eighty, nine eighty five, and nine ninety five are dewalts heavy duty drills for harder drilling jobs.Dewalt drills

Milwaukee Cordless Drills

The Milwaukee cordless eighteen volt drills are also good quality if your looking for one to buy.

There four pole motor features rare earth magnets instead of brushes providing more power, cooler running, and a longer life span, plus lighter to handle.

There M eighteen brushless combo drill weights in at three point nine pounds with the battery installed, so is light enough for overhead work and tight places.Milwaukee

Porter Cable Cordless Drills

Another model you might consider for around the home is Porter Cable. There twenty volt PCC601 lithium ion half inch drill sells for around a hundred dollars. So if your searching for a less expensive model give it a try.Cordless Porter Cable


The makers of Hitachi cordless also make a brushless drill. There DS18DBL eighteen volt lithium ion which has fifty percent more running time, increased power and durability and essentially no maintenance.

If interested in a cordless drill for around the home  you might wont to check one of these out.Cordless Hitachi

Shopping For Drills

There are many excellent cordless drills on the market today, so is best to shop around to find one that suits your liking.

Listed above are just a few , there is also Bosch, Ryobi, Craftsman, Rockwell, Mastercraft and many more. The price will vary depending on size and quality, so best to do some home work before purchasing.

Mastercraft Drills

At the moment I have two twenty volt lithium ion mastercraft drills, and have been using them for about three years now. Reason I purchased them was the price, on sale for about eighty dollars at Canadian Tire.

I figured for the price that if they didn’t last then I would not be losing very much. But after three years they are still running perfect, and I have put them through a lot of work from drywall to roofs.

Also having one strapped to your belt all day on a roof makes you appreciate the weight of one pound twelve ounces without the battery.Mastercraft


Many of the different  brands of cordless drills also offer the ability for there batteries to fit other cordless tools in that same brand, an example being Makita. Other makes also do the same.Makita 18 volt battery

Speed and Clutches

with the older corded drills they usually had only one speed and no clutch. You would get full torque with each press of the trigger.

These days most brands provide a clutch on there cordless drills, which is used to prevent to much torque when driving screws or other smaller things.

There is almost always a two speed setting, a low and high range. The slower for driving larger bits, as when your drilling to install a door knob, or even mixing paint. The higher speed for drilling smaller holes and other things. The chuck on most of these drills is tightened and loosened by hand.


The Lithium ion battery pack can be charged at any time for the mastercraft  drills, so there is no waiting for it to totally run out of juice.

A fully discharged battery will take about sixty to one hundred twenty minutes for a recharge depending on the battery. If the battery is left on the charger it will not overcharge, so that’s something handy also.Batteries

The Better Cordless Drills

I hope the above information will give you some ideas  on cordless drills, and which will the best for your needs.

With so many on the market today it might even be helpful to try out a few of your neighbours before making a purchase.cordless drills

I wish you the best of luck on your drill shopping and any comments are appreciated.


House Painting Ideas

Preparing For Paint

Spring time again and we can get busy with some outside painting. It is time for a few house painting ideas for your house, and most likely you will have to do some scraping and sanding before you can think about painting.House Painting Ideas

Scraping And Sanding

When doing the paint scraping I usually use a scraper with the changeable blades, and often you can file a new sharp edge on them once they wear down. The blades cost about two dollars at hardware stores and if kept sharp can last a long time. Also have a sponge sanding pad with you to go over where you have scraped, as it will smooth out any rough scraping spots.Paint Scrapers

Keeping Area Clean as you Scrape

Laying some old blankets or plastic canvas on the ground where you are removing the old paint will keep the place a lot cleaner. I usually have a garbage bag with me and dump the blankets with paint chips in this as I work around the house.Blankets

Cleaning after Scraping

Once you have all the scraping and sanding finished, make sure all the dust is cleaned up. an old paint brush works well for cleaning around windows and other tight places. A shop vacuum works great for any places you can reach, such as window sills or parts of doors.Cleaning after Scraping

Primer Paint

Now is the time to put some primer paint onto all the places that have been scraped or you think need the primer. If the old paint is in good shape in places then it is not necessary to go over with the primer, but that choice is up to you. Just trying to save you a little money as paint and the time to put it on can be expensive.

Top Coat

After you have primed all the places that need it, then it is time for the top coat of paint. When buying your top coat always pick the best there is on the market, otherwise you will end up scraping and painting every couple years and that’s just no fun. Start top coats working from the higher parts of your house to the lower.Top Coat

Two Coats Preferred

I personally recommend two top coats for the reason that it will last longer and cover so much better. Many people do only the one coat because of the time and money involved. But if you wont your house to look really good and last longer then go for the two top coats, the choice is yours.

House Painting Ideas




Trim Around the House

Sometimes the trim on a house is a different color and usually is done last. If on the higher parts of the house there happens to be trim to paint I will often do this as I go along painting the walls, as your ladder is already set up and this can save you some time.Trim

Painting Metal

If you have any tin to paint, as in some cases the sides of a garage then also a scraper and wire brush will take care of any lose paint. Most paints used for metal are oil based, so I don’t bother washing the brush but just store it in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out. Once the painting is finished the brush gets tossed. If the brush cost eight or ten dollars then the turpentine or paint thinner plus the time for the cleaning is just not worth it.

Trellis for Flowers

If you have any trellis to paint I would suggest a two inch brush, because it is a very pokey job and a time consumer. Usually start at the top once again and work your way down, and also spread a few blankets around to catch any paint that can spatter. Do one side at a time, or if you have a helper it would be good with one on each side. Best two coats as there always seems to be places that get missed on the first round.Trellis

Clean Up

Once your paint job is finished I will take a shop vacuum and go over any verandas or walk ways to pick up the paint chips that get blown around. Just a good general clean up and you can call it a job well done and you have a better looking home.Finished

I hope a few of these house painting ideas will help you out on your projects around the home.

Best of luck with things and any comments always appreciated.



Spring Cleanup Tips

Yahoo, Survived Another Winter

Spring again and some spring cleanup tips for outside and around the home. Winter can leave a lot of branches scattered around the yards, along with last years leaves and whatever else.spring cleanup tips

Wheelbarrow and Rakes

Usually a good rake and wheelbarrow work very well for this cleanup. This is also a time to prune off any dead branches from trees or hedges that you might have. Last winters heavy snows broke off many branches in this area, winters pruning I guess.spring cleanup tips


Most of the leaves you rake up can be dumped into a compost bin if you have one.
Or you can put them on the garden and worked them into the soil with a garden tiller. Try to get the leaves that do not have too many evergreen cones or seeds in them, or you might be  pulling more weeds from the garden then you wonted to.leaves


If you have a stone or brick patio or walkway is a good time to check it for damage from ice and heaving. You might need to level some places and fill in the cracks with sand or stone dust or what ever was originally used.walkway

Fences and Pools

If you have any wooden fences then is a good time to check for any thing loose or broken or if it needs new paint. Another thing to check is a pool deck if you have one. The level of it will often move during winter, and it also might need a new look with stain or something that was used before. Just wait until temperatures are above ten Celsius, fifty Fahrenheit before beginning to paint.


You can also clean the leaves out of your flower beds if you think it wont snow again. Even add a few tulip bulbs or daffodils that will give some color in early spring. If you have an extra space plant some wild flowers to give the honey bees a helping hand.flowerbed

Cement Foundations

Also check your exterior foundation of the house as sometimes ice will cause the cement to come loose or cracks form. These can be easily repaired with some Portland cement using a three part sand to one part Portland cement or two sand to one cement. And you can add a bonding agent which is a form of glue and sold at most hardware stores. If you have small cracks then wet them and go over with a sponge and cement mix and the will fill in nicely.

Fruit Trees

If you have any fruit bearing trees such as apple or plum  or blueberry plants, its a good time to cut out any dead branches and do some pruning on them.fruit trees


This is also a good time for cleaning windows, just to give you a better view of your cleanup outside. Best to do the outside of windows first and I use a product called windex which seems to work well. Paper towels or newspapers for wiping are recommended. If the windows are vinyl then you have to be careful with the newspaper as the print will come off on the vinyl and not look so good.window


If your house has siding then a pressure washer works well for cleaning this Starting at the top and working your way down and you should be left with a cleaner look to the place.


Another place to clean is any outdoor lights, as these usually fill up with bugs. Give them a good wash with dish soap and water then reinstall them. Might even help you to see better at night.


You also might wont to check the roof for loose shingles or if you have a tin roof have a look at the screws which can come loose. If it needs going over best to hire some one that’s good at that job.roof


You may also wont to put up a few bird houses to keep the birds around for the summer, and also the mosquito population down a little. Check for any standing still water in an old pail or whatever, and empty them  as this is a good place for mosquitoes to raise a family.bird house

So anyway spring is a good time to do a cleanup around the place to keep things goind smoothly.

Best of luck with all your projects and leave a comment if you like, its always appreciated.