How Technology Has Advanced DIY

There is no doubt that technology has made DIY easier. The same effort that we once had to put into a job can now be achieved more easily with power tools. The job can also be completed more quickly. This article will explore just how things have changed so that we can see for ourselves the benefits of using power tools as opposed to just trying to tackle the job in an old-fashioned way.


Driving in Screws

Power tools have provided a means to now drive in a screw at speed and with the option to reverse the action at a similar speed. Also, cordless options have meant that we do not need to have any trailing cables that could potentially be hazardous.

It was in 1961 that Black & Decker brought out the first cordless power tool and DIY enthusiasts everywhere have taken advantage of the fact since then. No longer do we need to end up with a strained wrist or have to struggle driving a screw into a hardwood.



In 1978, Makita would create the first cordless drill by introducing its 601D. They were still a novelty as late as the 1980s.

The advantage of a cordless drill is that it allows a worker to drill a hole quickly and with ease without needing to worry about where there is a plug or tripping over a trailing extension lead when the job is far away from a power socket.

In terms of drilling, something that is both compact and lightweight will reduce the stress on the hand and make it easier to keep the drill bit straight. Apart from being able to accommodate drill bits for different materials, as with a conventional drill, with a power drill, you can also make holes using different speeds depending on the hardness of the material you are drilling into. The best results are achieved by starting slowing until a pilot hole is formed and then speeding up to drive the drill in for the required depth of the hole. Depth guides fitted help with that.



A router is considered a wonderful and versatile power tool to own because it is portable and capable of a range of jobs that involves both the cutting and shaping of wood. It can also be used on metal, plastic, and laminates. It is known that most woodworkers consider this tool the one that they would not want to be without.



The term jigsaw derives from a special saw that was invented in the 1880s that cut jigsaws. The power tool nowadays is used to cut holes and shapes in wood that would be difficult to achieve with any other device. You would, for instance, need to drill a lot of holes to form a shape in the middle of a piece of wood without such a tool.

It was Albert Kaufmann, a worker at Swiss company Scintilla AG who invented the electric jigsaw. His inspiration came from seeing his wife’s sewing machine in action. That is the speed at which the needle moved up and down.

The jigsaw has become a very versatile tool that can be used to cut straight lengths of wood or shaped pieces with curves.



It is very satisfying to use a chisel to carve a piece of wood. By having the piece of wood move around the process is made easier and quicker and all sorts of regular shapes can be created, such as bowls and rounded table legs. The lathes used to be powered by the foot and a piece of string but these days motors power the piece of wood and turn it around on its spindle. A better cut can be achieved because it is turning around at a faster speed than it would manually. This means that less finishing and sanding of the wood is required after it comes off the lathe. Smoothness is everything in a finished product that is made from wood. Particularly if you want to keep it natural and do not want to varnish or paint it.


To conclude, power tools have made it easier no matter what tool we are working with and whether we are into DIY or a professional tradesman. There is nothing to stop anyone from using the old method to drive screws in, we can still buy the screwdrivers, but there is no need to have to. It might rather depend on how many screws you have to drive in. Anything that makes the job easier and faster cannot be ignored.