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Let Aleksandra Zee take you through the ins and outs of using a power drill to ultimately hang perfectly straight curtains.
- Hey guys! I'm Alexandra Z. I'm a woodworker by trade, and this is my show, Tools, Tools, Tools, where I make home improvement easy through step-by-step tutorials. Welcome to my workshop! In this episode, I'm gonna teach you how to hang curtains the right way, starting with a tutorial on a power drill. First off, you can either get an 18-volt or a 12-volt. More voltage means more power. And this drill does not need to be plugged in. It's battery powered. The bigger the battery, the longer the life. This is the forward and reverse button. It's good to know which direction that you're going, whether you're putting in a screw or pulling it out. I've definitely made that mistake plenty of times. On the top of your drill, you will find numbers that rotate around. That is the torque. This will determine how much force goes behind what you're screwing in. Keeping the torque somewhere in the middle is usually sufficient for any kind of home improvement project you're gonna be working on. We've also got the clutch. You can either go pretty quick or pretty slow. It all depends on what you're trying to go into. Drywall, you're gonna want to go real slow so that your whole wall doesn't fall apart. And lastly, we've got the chuck. This is where you can change bits to accommodate for any kind of screw that you're working with. Take it out, switch it, put it back in, make it nice and tight. So let's see how this thing works. It's always good to practice. You don't want to kinda just get going right with your project. You might destroy your wall or break your curtain rods, and that's no good. We've got our drill bits and a handful of screws. The screws that we are working with today are Phillips head, and that's what I've got in my chuck. And you're gonna want to place it nice and center and hold your drill at a 90 degree angle. Make sure we're going in the forward motion, not reverse, 'cause that will do nothing. Nice and slow to get you started. And then once you feel some grip, go ahead and remove your hand, because accidents happen. And go ahead and push it on through! Ta da! And now you have a screw in a piece of wood! Great job. But if you put the screw in the wrong spot, which happens all the time, you're gonna go reverse 90 degree angle and slowly take her out. Remember to go slow, because screws break. So now let's put this thing to work and install some curtain rods. If you've got long hair, you're gonna want to put it up, just in case the drill gets a little too close, and don't forget your safety glasses. So now all we need is a window. All right, first things first. We are going to measure the rod placement to be four inches to the side and four inches above the window so that our window actually looks longer when our drapes are hanging and make sure that there's not too much light getting in through your curtains. And now, we're gonna install the first bracket right on the outside of those marks. Nice and slow in the beginning, and then drive it on in. Okay! And then we're gonna level it before the second screw goes in. There you go. So this one's a little bit easier, 'cause you're not having to hold onto that bracket. If you're working with a window that does not have studs, you're going to want to use an anchor. All right, so sometimes hanging brackets is a balancing act. And holding all the things at one time can be a bit difficult, but if you have an extra hand at home, that is always a plus. All right, last bracket. Safety tip, be very mindful of your fingers. All right, so with these particular brackets, we're just gonna slide this over, which is gonna hold our curtain rod. Look at that! Ooh! Huh . It's stuck. Look how pretty. All right, and the last one. Let this be easy. Ah ha! And my brackets are installed. So now we're going to install the curtain rods and the curtains. This is a two-man job, so you're gonna want to have a friend help you out, so that's why I've got Justin.
- I have things for you.
- Perfect. All right, we're gonna go with left side. That's what we're starting with. So you're gonna thread it through the bracket, and we're going to hang the curtain using the loops on the back. Works pretty well if you have one person holding the rod and the other person threading the curtain. One side down.
- Shall we switch roles?
- Yes, so you
- Uh oh .
- are going to thread the rod this time,
- All right, cool.
- And I'm gonna thread the curtain. So important to remember to try and keep it as level as possible so that you don't rip off your brackets, especially if you went into drywall, 'cause it's not the sturdiest. Put the curtain rods together, and I would usually give the edge of the rod about four to six inches, so we can show the fancy little finials at the end of our curtain rod. And now, we have hung some curtains.
- So, our project is all finished. We've got some beautiful curtains behind us, and a magical living room appeared out of nowhere, which I am okay with. Hey Jack, what do you think? Hey, a high-five? Thanks bud! We'll see you next time on Tools, Tools, Tools!
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