Augers range in size and use from small models for drilling holes into wood to large motorized augers for industrial construction. All augers serve the same basic purpose–to bore a hole into a specific surface. Hand augers are typically used for digging holes for posts, or making holes in ice for ice-fishing. These hand-held augers are used widely by ice fishermen due to their lightweight design and easy portability. Using any hand-held auger incorporates the same technique on any surface to properly drill a hole.
Sharpen the blades of the auger with any suitable sharpening tool such as a rotary tool with a sharpening bit, or a hand-held metal file. This will ensure that the blades are sharp and the auger can cut through any tough debris that may be in the way as you drill.
Clear the drilling area of large rocks or surface debris. This will help the auger dig in easily at the surface contact point.
Grab the top of the auger with one hand and press down firmly. Apply as much downward pressure as possible and hold the auger vertically straight.
Crank the side handle of the auger in a clockwise motion as you apply downward pressure on the top handle. You will begin to break through the surface and start your hole.
Crank the auger counter-clockwise and pull on the top handle to resurface the auger or reset your position. Continue performing steps 4 and 5 until you reach your desired depth and the hole is clear.