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I know it seems like a basic thing but we have been asked how to use all the settings on a basic power drill. Check out what the Handyguys have to say about how to operate a drill. Speed, torque, clutch and gears are discussed.

Drill Speed

Generally, the larger the bit the slower you want to set the speed.

Drill Torgue

Many drills this is related to speed. The slower the speed, the higher the torque. Higher torque is sometimes good when using your drill for driving screws.

Drill Clutch

The clutch is used when you are driving screws with your drill. You can set the clutch to disengage the rotation of the drill when a certain resistance is encountered. This can be useful to prevent over driving of screws or over tightening.

Drill Gears

These will set the torque and or speed. The term Drill Gears is sometimes used to refer to the modes like drill, drive screws or hammer drill.

Operate a drill

Hopefully this video answered some questions people have had about their drills. Please always refer to your owners manual for specifics regarding your particular drill and observe all safety precautions.

Check out The Handyguys Store – Now that you know how to operate a drill you can purchase your drill through our store and everything is handled by Amazon. Making your purchases this way helps us out quite a bit! Thanks – The Handyguys Brian and Paul.

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The Handyguys received several questions about dog fence collar options in response to our video on installing an invisible electric dog fence. The collar is certainly the most important aspect of the project and will drive the selection of the DIY kit you choose. Watch the video as The Handyguys discuss a few choices. Other options are listed below the video.

Stubborn Dogs

Stubborn dogs require a bit more correction from time to time. There are several dog fence collar options for stubborn dogs.

Long Haired Dogs

Sometimes dogs have very long fur which prevents the contacts on the dog fence collar from working correctly. If you have this situation you will want to find a collar with different size contact points/tips. Use the longer points to ensure the collar works correctly. Most kits have different sized points or you can buy other sized tips separately. if you have a long (very long) haired dog make sure you check the types of tips available for the collar in the fence kit you buy.

Small Dogs

If you have a small dog you will want a small collar. Handyguy Paul’s dog, who starred in the video, uses the Elite Little Dog system from PetSafe.

Large Dogs

Most systems will be fine for large dogs unless they specifically say for small dogs. Here are a few options for large dog electric fence collars.

Sport Dogs

If you have a dog that goes in water you will want to ensure the collar is suitable for use in the water. Most can get wet just fine but if your dog is a swimmer you should check to make sure the collar wont be damaged by the dog taking a dip in the pond or pool. You have several waterproof dog fence collar options.

Innotek UltraSmart Extra Collar Receiver for IUC-4100, IUC-4200, and IUC-5200 Systems

Some collars are even rechargeable, come with multiple tips, will work on large and medium dogs and are waterproof.

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How to store your snow blower for the summer – snow blower storage tips.

STA-BIL 22264 Ethanol Treatment with Performance Improver -10 oz.

Snow Blower Storage The key thing with snow blower storage has to do with the fuel. Almost all fuel now contains ethanol and ethanol is a killer on small engines. Follow these steps for snow blower storage and you will be good to go next winter. Option 1 for snow blower storage The BEST option, run […]

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Gas Can Replacement Spout

gas can replacement spout

The Handyguys found a gas can replacement spout that actually works! Most gas cans come with terrible spouts. This is often because of the nanny state mandates such as C.A.R.B. (California Air Resources Board). The idea is we improve air quality by having a spout on your gas can that automatically closes. The government doesn’t think […]

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How to Remove Carpet Staples video

Remove carpet staples

The Handyguys show you how to remove carpet staples the easy way in this video If you just need to remove one or two staples then really any old method will work. What if you are trying to remove hundreds or even thousands? It can take a long long time. Use the technique that Paul […]

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House Water Pressure Adjustment Video

House Water Pressure

Is your house water pressure too high or too low? It may be simple to adjust it. Watch this video by Handyguy Paul on how to adjust your house water pressure. When your house water pressure is too high it can cause issues with water heater expansion tanks, appliances, toilets and faucets. Water pressure that […]

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Pet Doors Install Video

pet doors install video

Pet doors are easy to install, watch this video to see how to do it. ) In this video the Handyguys install a pet door into a hollow core door. You determine the location, cut the hole and install the door. Yes, it’s that simple, even our camera guy Phil could do it! Phil is […]

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Tape measure selection and calibration video

tape measure

In this Handyguys video we discuss tape measure selection and calibration Tape Measure Selection You have a lot of choices, big and small, long and short, wide and skinny. Wide Tape Measures Wide tapes have a great benefit. The “standout” is how far out can the tape extend before collapsing. Usually the wider the tape […]

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Watch Free TV Video

free tv

Watch free TV, yes really for FREE. If you want the absolutely best quality picture quality you can get it for free. All you need is a basic antenna. What this video to get the details. Free TV Picture Quality One of the best aspects of free tv (other than free) is the HighDef picture […]

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Gas Oven Won’t Light DIY Repair Video

gas oven won't light

Your gas oven won’t light, what do you do? In this Handyguys video we do a fairly simple repair and saved big dollars! What part do I need to fix my gas oven won’t light issue? People call this part many different things such as Hot Surface igniter Burner igniter Igniter Starter The part wasn’t expensive […]

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Duluth Christmas Box – Cold Weather DIY

Duluth Trading Co and The Handyguys

Normally The Handyguys spend this time of year recommending gifts for the handy person in your life. We love to demonstrate tools or other household products and gadgets that fit in the stocking. This year we focus on clothing for the weekend warrior who wants to continue working on their cold weather DIY projects! Duluth Trading […]

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Deck Lighting questions answered

Deck Lighting

Deck Lighting questions answered In this video the Handyguys answer some fan questions about deck lighting. What is best, CFL, LED, Halogen, Incandescent? Does it really matter? What about low voltage? The Handyguys love their low voltage systems. Watch the video to find out what is important in deck lighting.

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How to clean out a Garage

MessyGarage

Below is an article from our friends at Zillow. We know all our fans expect to see video with each post so The Handyguys decided to make a video showing some before and after of our messy, then clean (sort of), garages. Check out the article below and enjoy the video. Tips for Cleaning Out […]

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What bits for Makita Impact Drivers

Makita Gold Impact Driver Bits

Disclosure: Post and giveaway sponsored by Makita, but all opinions are The Handyguys. Please see below for additional disclosure. Impact Drivers Impact drivers are very cool tools. They are perfect for driving screws, a lot of screws. You can also use them for driving lag bolts, tightening or loosening nuts and other jobs around the […]

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What is the Best Dishwasher Detergent video

Best Dishwasher Detergent

In this video the Handyguys discuss dishwasher detergent and why dishes often don’t get clean. We have received a lot of feedback on our video about fixing a dishwasher that wont clean dishes and for many (too many) people the issue is a poor design of the dishwasher. Exacerbating the issue is the fact that most dishwasher […]

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Electric Dog Fence DIY 5 Steps Video

Installing an underground dog fence

Installing an underground electric dog fence is a great 5 step DIY project to protect your pet. 5 Steps to installing an electric dog fence Determine what kit to buy Determine the area you want to confine your pet to Install the hidden cable Install the transmitter Train the dog When selecting your electric dog […]

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Water Heater Maintenance Video

Water Heater, T&P Valve, Expansion Tank

This video outlines a key component to water heater maintenance that is often overlooked, the expansion tank. What does the expansion tank do? The expansion tank will allow expanding water (water expands when it heats) a place to go. Do you need one? You need an expansion tank if you are on a water system […]

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What is the best mouse trap?

Mouse Trap

The Handyguys review a plethora of mouse traps all purchased at our local hardware store. Whether you have mice, voles or rats, there is a trap for you. Why are there so many mouse trap choices? Everyone seems to be trying to build that proverbial better mousetrap! Mouse Trap Types There are two basic choices, to kill […]

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Deere Factory Tour Video

Deere Factory Paint Shop

The Handyguys recently had the opportunity to visit the John Deere factory in Horicon, WI. While there they learned about the company, its manufacturing, its people and its philosophy for doing business. On top of that The Handyguys also saw a bunch of great tractors being made in the USA by a skilled labor force. Watch the […]

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Which sander is right for you?

Bosch Random Orbital Sander

Which sander should you buy? Its better to ask which sander is right for the job you are doing. In this episode The Handyguys discuss which sander is right for the job, the pros and cons of different types of sanders. When deciding which sander to buy you need to identify what project you need it for […]

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Soil pH Test video

Soil PH Test

Handyguy Brian saw an interesting DIY Soil pH Test (pH is a measure of acidity) test described on Facebook. We try it out and also try a commercially available DIY Soil pH Test kit on this episode of The Handyguys Podcast. Here is the graphic from Homesteading / Survivalism on Facebook. You can also just purchase a home soil pH est kit. They […]

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Led Bulbs

LED Bulb

LED bulbs are the next generation of “green” lighting technology. The Handyguys talk about how LED Bulbs compare to CFLs and whether they are really friendly to the environment. What is an LED bulb? LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. LEDs have been around for a long time but only recently have become effective in […]

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How to Unclog a Toilet

Toilet Auger

In the latest episode The Handyguys discuss several ways to unclog a toilet. Yes, you can use a typical plunger if you have a clogged toilet. It works most of the time. What do you do if the plunger fails? Don’t despair, try one of the other techniques discussed in this video. Plungers A plunger […]

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E15 Ethanol Mandate

Ethanol Mandate Corn Pump

The Handyguys talk about ethanol mandates with Institute for Energy Research expert Daniel Simmons. We discuss the negative impacts of ethanol on our vehicles, small engines, the environment and food supplies. Background on Ethanol Mandate The Federal government mandated certain ethanol production increases for 2013 and beyond. That additional production of ethanol additive led the […]

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Hammer Drills: When to use them and why?

Rotary Hammer Drill

A Hammer drill, when equipped with a masonry bit, are designed for drilling into stone, concrete, brick or mortar. When a hammer drill operates it rotates like a normal drill as well as has a forward, hammering, type action. Watch or Listen to The Handyguys discuss when and why to use them. Types of hammer drills You can buy a […]

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Ipe Deck Maintenance

Ipe deck after cleaning & oil

In this episode of The Handyguys podcast The Handyguys discuss Ipe Deck Maintenance, how to clean it and keep it looking awesome. Ipe Deck Maintenance Brian’s Ipe deck looked great when it was complete. Eighteen months later is was looking a bit dirty. The wood was still in perfect condition, no checking, no splits or splinters, […]

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