Best Tools for Home Improvement


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A reamer is a drill bit that is used to shape or enlarge holes. Now, there are many different kinds of reamers. There are the adjustable hand reamers, the straight reamer, the machine reamer, the rose reamer, the shell reamer, the tapered reamer, the Morris taper reamer and the combination reamer.

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Best Tools for Home Improvement

  1. 1. Best Tools forHome Improvement As with all tools, the more versatile youcan make it, the better of an investment it will become.
  2. 2. Table of Contents Reamers the Value of Precision 3 Annular CutterThe New Wave of Home Improvement 9
  3. 3. ReamersThe Value of Precision
  4. 4. A reamer is a drill bit that is used to shape orenlarge holes. Now, there are many different kindsof reamers. There are the adjustable hand reamers,the straight reamer, the machine reamer, the rosereamer, the shell reamer, the tapered reamer, theMorris taper reamer and the combination reamer.The most popular reamers are the hand reamer andthe tapered reamer. Choosing the correct reamercan make any job a success or a complete failure.Also, it can take a lot more time to complete aproject if you do not have the proper tools and intoday’s economy time is money.
  5. 5. So how do you know which reamer is best foryour project? First of all you need to make sure youhave the proper equipment at your disposal tooperate a reamer. A reamer will be extremelysuccessful when using either a lathe or a drillingmachine otherwise known as a drill press.Secondly, all reaming jobs must be preceded bydrilling a hole to begin with a little smaller thanthe size needed. By smaller it is recommended thatthe allowance is no more than 0.13 of a millimeter.The allowance is the difference between the holedrilled in the first place and the desired diameter ofthe hole upon completion of the project. If youhave an allowance greater than 0.13 of a millimeter
  6. 6. it can severely damage the reamer to the point thatit could never be used again. Okay, now that you have your hole predrilledin the material you are working with, which typeof reamer should you use? Well, if all you want todo is clean up the burrs from the hole and make itlook neat and clean, you can use a tapered handreamer for this. However, if your hole has to beprecise, you may want to consider using a taperedmachine reamer constructed for precision. Thesereamers can get a hole within 0.02 of a millimeter.Also some jobs require that the cylinder walls of a
  7. 7. hole have a smooth surface finish. This is neededfor many precise engineering applications. Reamers can be used on a variety of materialsvarying from plastics to cast iron to aluminum. Ifyou are working with metal or plastic, reamers arethe perfect tool for precision. However, if you wereworking with concrete or stone a reamer is not agood choice for materials of this nature. Instead ofruining a good and expensive reamer, use masonrydrill bits. Usually holes in concrete or stone do nothave to be as precise with an allowance of less than0.2 of a millimeter. Masonry drill bits will get thehole close enough for concrete and stone.
  8. 8. As you can see, reamers are a wonderful toolfor projects that require precision. However, aswith anything, they have their limits as to thematerial best suited for use. You cannot go wrongusing masonry drill bits when it comes to concrete,stone or tile.
  9. 9. Annular Cutter The New Wave ofHome Improvement
  10. 10. Whether you want to drill a hole in metal,wood or stone, it seems that old fashioned drill bitsjust don’t cut it any longer. With the advent ofmore advanced tools like the annular cutter, theshelf life of traditional drill bits seems to belimited. Certainly, when it comes to drillingnormal sized holes in rock or creating large holes insolid metal, there are far better types of machineryon the market than what your father has in his toolbox. As modern consumers, we demand more ofthe equipment we use for home improvementprojects. Holes no longer crack or have dimplessurrounding the surface area when the new waveof home improvement tools is put to use.
  11. 11. Drilling a large hole in a door to put in adoorknob is an age old DIY job. One method ofachieving this hole was to drill several holes besideeach other. Eventually, the holes would combine tocreate something resembling a space for adoorknob to be placed. This process took sometime and required great patience. Of course, theabove scenario really involves amateur DIYenthusiasts but even they can benefit from thepower and convenience of an annular cutter.Instead of having to bore primer holes beforegetting to work with the big drill bit, this type ofcutter allows you to go straight through the metal.You will only have to use it once to cut the perfect
  12. 12. hole. All you need to do is ensure that the surfacebeing drilled is clean and free of all debris. Mostcutters are magnetic nowadays so the bottom of themagnet must also be thoroughly cleaned. Thecutting edges of the cutter are located right at theedge which allows the surface speed of the tool toremain constant during the cut. Instead of havingto force your way through the material like youwould with a normal drill bit, the cutter smoothlysaws through the metal, never pausing throughoutthe job unless you elect to stop and clean the cutter.
  13. 13. Masonry drill bits are the weapon of choicewhen it comes to dealing with stone and concrete.They are a major improvement over older drill bitswhich had a pronounced habit of either breakingunder extreme pressure or chipping the rock. Thesetypes of drill bits work best when paired withrotary hammer drills because they operate a pistonwhich hammers the drill bit into the hole. Incontrast, regular hammer action drills tend tovibrate. If the material is extremely hard andpressure is put on the drill bit, it could crack.Rotary drills are more expensive but as theypenetrate hard material more easily than theirregular hammer counterpart, it is certainly worth
  14. 14. paying a little extra. If traditional equipment is not up to thestandards we now have, items like masonry drillbits are here to save the day. Consumersunderstand the importance of longevity andperformance and this realization has encouragedmanufacturers to produce superior quality goods.
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