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Which is why we are so keen on drill-free storage solutions. Shelves, bins, and hooks that hold themselves in place with clips, magnets, or non-damaging adhesives are our favorites, because they ask so little yet give so much. This year we found a lot of these renter-friendly options, and they all impressed us with the ways they helped us reimagine typical organizing approaches and create storage spaces where there were none. Browse our favorite drill-free decluttering solutions and see what sticks out to you!

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Not having to deal with drills is great, but not having to deal with adhesives either is even better. These metal baskets slide right onto shelves in your pantry, cupboards, or storage closet to give you extra space to hold small items. Any time you can use your existing shelves to create more shelves, we say go for it!

Put the corner areas of your shower to use with these compact but powerful bins. Tamara found that they hold up to 10 lbs. of toiletries, so these will hold enough products for any bathing routine. If you want a shower storage situation that stays out of your way, definitely choose these.

Bathrooms are one of the trickiest places to add wall storage because no one wants to drill into tile, but this ingenious caddy takes advantage of that very constraint. Slap this on a wall, mirror, or somewhere in your shower for an extra place to hold toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving razors, and anything else you don't have room for around your sink.

To gain even more insight on drills, I spoke with Timothy Dahl, former editor at Popular Mechanics and founder and editor of the home-improvement site Charles + Hudson and the family DIY site Built by Kids. Dahl has written about tools since 2002 and has run Charles + Hudson since 2005. I also spoke with Wirecutter senior editor Harry Sawyers, who previously worked at This Old House magazine and Popular Mechanics. Harry has written about tools since 2005, including putting together a 12-volt drill test for Gizmodo.

A screwdriver can handle household tasks such as tightening cabinet hinges, putting up hooks, or swapping out the batteries in a toy, but once you get beyond that level, a drill can make life a lot easier. Putting up baby gates or assembling knockdown furniture, for example, is just way easier with a drill. Then, once you get to full-on DIY projects like replacing a rotted deck board or fixing a sagging gutter, a drill is essential.

Brushless motor: Compared with a traditional brushed motor, brushless motors allow for a smaller tool with better battery life and more power. Once an expensive outlier in the industry, brushless tools are now coming down in price, and there is no question that companies are trending toward brushless. We anticipate that major manufacturers will be making moves to discontinue their brushed lines in the future. Even brands traditionally associated with homeowner-grade tools, such as Ryobi and Skil, now offer brushless drills.

For our structured tests, we sunk 3-inch screws into doubled-up 2-by-10 lumber (a total of 3 inches thick). We did this on a fully charged battery until the battery was empty. This test simulated the process of framing, as if someone were building a tree house or a partition wall. To prevent the drills from overheating, we rested them after every 14 screws.

For these tests, we set the drills to the faster of the two speeds and switched over to the slower speed (with higher torque) when a drill stopped being effective. With a drill in the lower gear, we were usually able to continue on for a bit until the battery was completely drained. For the drilling test, the 12-volt models usually could handle drilling only a few holes before we switched over to the lower gear with the higher torque needed for the difficult task.

The DeWalt 12-volt drill stands out for its ergonomic design. The handle appears to be designed with every contour of a hand in mind. Even the slightest details are accounted for, such as the little depression where the forefinger knuckle rubs against the drill body. The handle tapers nicely, allowing the pinky finger to find purchase, and the trigger and forward/reverse control are well positioned for quick use. We tested the drill in both small and large hands, and everyone thought it was extremely comfortable to hold.

The one slight negative we found with the DeWalt DCD701F2 kit is that taking the battery off the tool is a little counterintuitive. On most drills, a sliding tab releases the battery, but on the DeWalt 12-volt, you need to press the tab in toward the drill. On other models, like the 20-volt DeWalt DCD791D2, the tab slides away from the tool, making it easier to grab, unlatch, and pull off. This is truly a minor point, though, and once we got used to the tab on the 12-volt DeWalt, we had no issues.

If you need a drill that can consistently and quickly perform more aggressive work, such as driving long screws and drilling large holes, get the DeWalt DCD791D2 20V Max XR Li-Ion Brushless Compact Drill/Driver Kit.

The Ridgid R8701K 18-Volt Sub-Compact Drill/Driver was a previous pick. Ridgid upgraded the drill to the Ridgid R87012 18-Volt Brushless SubCompact Cordless Drill Driver Kit, which we now recommend. The new version has more power and is smaller.

They found that the best predictors of oxygen penetration to the igneous basement are a low sediment accumulation rate and a relatively thin sediment layer. Sediment accumulates at just a few inches to feet per million years in the regions where the core samples were collected.

As oil and gas development pushes into deeper waters off the U.S. coast, federal officials want to tighten rules for when energy firms must look for archaeological sites before drilling. A proposal released this week would require that oil and gas companies survey any area where they plan to disturb the sea floor, not just places where data or models suggest there is a shipwreck or other cultural site.

The draft rule from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) could have its greatest impact in the Gulf of Mexico. More than 600 shipwrecks or possible shipwrecks have been found there, most by energy companies as part of existing permitting requirements, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 2011, for example, oil and gas operators working off Louisiana spotted a shipwreck that NOAA scientists and other scholars identified last year as the 207-year-old whaling ship Industry, whose crew included descendants of enslaved people and Native Americans.

I have always taken lockdown drills seriously. During the first weeks of a new semester, we discuss with students how to handle drills and where to go. But since this drill happened so early in the school year, a lot of students did not follow procedure. Some went to locations on campus where they thought they could seek refuge, which left them vulnerable. It was clear we needed to make procedures more clear.

Moreover, we found that very few schools put their procedures online. This is undoubtedly due to safety concerns, but complicated our challenge of determining what information should be presented in the tutorial.

The school was practicing a lockdown drill, something that New York state mandates all public schools practice at least four times annually. In 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, the Syracuse City School District gave CNN rare access to attend some of these lockdown drills.

Across the United States, lockdown drills have become nearly as commonplace in schools as fire drills. While school shootings have been documented as early as 1927, after the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, these drills draw attention each time another tragic school shooting shakes the core of the country.

Those numbers -- along with each time a mass shooting event made headlines in the United States -- have put pressure on law enforcement and school officials to prevent the next massacre, and many have turned to lockdown drills.

Data shows that school shootings also happen in the United States more than other major industrialized nations. A CNN analysis published in 2018 found that, since 2009, the United States had about 57 times as many school shootings as Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy France and the United Kingdom combined.

More than 95% of public schools in the United States had drilled students on a lockdown procedure before the coronavirus pandemic. As schools reopen during the pandemic, they continue to run these drills, although many have been modified for social distancing.

In July, Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter and Florida Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy announced that the House Appropriations Committee approved $1 million for independent experts to publish a study on the potential mental health effects of active shooter drills in elementary and secondary schools -- an effort that Perlmutter and Murphy spearheaded.

There is a specific drill protocol that Schildkraut points to as what schools should be doing. But she told CNN that she has since temporarily modified the drills to incorporate social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The results, though limited to that one school district, showed that perceptions of feeling prepared for an emergency were rated higher among the students after the drills compared with before. The results also showed that students were less likely to report feeling safe at school or in various parts of the building after the drills. The researchers conducted a survey in November 2018, about a week after students completed unscheduled lockdown drills. The students completed another drill in March 2019 and were surveyed again in April 2019.

Schildkraut said that the students in Syracuse often shared their thoughts or concerns with her as she conducted her research on lockdown drills in their district. She said that some students have asked her whether the lockdown drills could help potential shooters devise a mass attack. Based on her own research, Peterson said that 91% of the time school shooters are current or former students of the school. 041b061a72


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