A tool used for creating holes in surfaces, such as for mounting objects on walls.

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Is this likely to be plasterboard and what to look out for when drilling a hole?

I'm fitting curtain tracks in a loft conversion in a Victorian townhouse (London). I was surprised to see the outside of the wall seems to be just a piece of wood i.e. no brick. The wall is hollow ...
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DIY machinist drilling problem

I have a metal part of a bandsaw that had a machine screw head break off. I drilled a hole and used an extraction bit and it also broke off. Due to poorly executed attempts to drill again (so I can ...
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how to find out if wall is plaster, wood or drywall?

I want to install blinds in my kitchen. However, I can't figure out if the wall is wood or plaster. I need to know this before starting to drill because the holding mechanism for the blinds, it ...
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What is the name for a drill bit that makes conical holes?

What is the drill bit on the far left hand side of the machine in the first picture? I believe it cuts holes shaped liked those in the second picture, which is something I'm trying to achieve. Is it ...
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how to drill through two different materials

I installed blinds in my kitchen. I put the screws into the wall. The wall was plaster and inside it was a thin metal sheet. The screws were 1/8 inches. So I drilled two holes of 1/8 inches through ...
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Drilling “misting” pin holes in PVC

I built raised gardens this year and added cheap DIY PVC irrigation. I used a 1/16" drill bit and drilled several holes in 1/2" PVC pipe. The 1/16" drill bit was the smallest I had but the holes ...
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How can I install a recessed light container in an abnormally thick ceiling?

We are in the middle of our home remodeling and we have just noticed that our ceiling seems to be a bit thicker than what the maximum our recessed lights allow for. As shown within the picture link ...
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How can I center a drill bit so that it drills absolutely straight down rather than perhaps a little off to the side?

In Googling "drill bit guide" came across this and other tools like it: Something like this seems perfect for being able to drill a straight hole through wood. However, I can't seem to find ...
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Is there a way to drill a 1“-diameter hole through 1/8”-thick steel using a standard cordless power drill?

I am trying to reinforce a custom door I am building. Because it's made only of two layers of MDF, it is not as rigid as I want it to be and shows signs of bowing. Since it's going to be a ...
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How to drill a groove to the side of a plywood board?

I want to drive a cable up a cupboard. The shelves are too long to simply put the cable behind them, so I want to create an indentation in the removable shelves. I do not own a drill press, and I do ...
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How do I remove a drill bit that is stuck due to an overtightened chuck?

I recently bought a Bosch PSB 500 RE power drill and already I kinda screwed up the machine. The chuck is keyless, consisting of two parts which I'll refer to as the head and the base. You would ...
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How to choose the correct all purpose screw driver or drill

I am a widow and starting out in the world of DIY. I tried replacing several broken trellis panel fencing last year. I bought a 7.2V Bosch drill and used 3in screws to hold the panels onto the ...
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When would one use an impact driver versus a regular drill?

Or vice-versa. As best as I can tell, the impact driver is very good for most any type of screw going through wood. When would you use a drill (with screw bit) instead?
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Should I buy a drill or an electric screwdriver?

I wanted to buy a drill, but some friends suggest I buy an electric screwdriver instead. They say you can use an electric screwdriver more than a drill, but I'm still unsure which to buy. I think a ...
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Why does my drill stop and start working when it feels like it?

I have a makita drill that still works but sometimes stops working then starts working again. Any ideas what it could be?
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Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?

I just bought my first impact driver and I was wondering am I suppose to still pre-drill holes with a bit with my regular drill before using the impact driver when going through woods? I use to ...
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Can my rotary hammer act as a hammer drill?

The concrete around my window is incredibly hard, too hard for my non-hammer drill. Somebody at Homebase advised me to buy this rotary hammer, which comes with special bits of 6, 8 and 10mm. He said ...
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How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface?

How do I drill a hole flush (or nearly flush) against another surface? (eg. in a tight corner; a 90 degree angle.) The power drill bit is offset a little by design, and I don't want to drill at an ...
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Can you charge Bosch 18V batteries from your car?

I'm trying to find out if Bosch or someone else makes a charger for their 18V cordless tools that can charge from the cigarette lighter (actually from a solar panel that has a 12V cigarette lighter ...
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How do I use the rubber strap with my drill's chuck key?

The instructions are rather obtuse on the matter, so what do I do with this rubber strap that, I believe, is intended to keep the chuck key with my drill? How do I apply it? Is the slot at the ...
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What is purpose of the slot at the base of my drill's handle?

The photo below shows a drill I own; there is a slot at the base of the handle. Is this simply to hang things from, or does it serve another purpose? Drill is a DeWalt model DWD210G.
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Alternative equipment(s) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic beside using a small drill

Are there other alternatives beside a small drill (shown below) to drill a few holes on a 0.5 cm plastic? (Looking for something that is inexpensive, save energy, portable and can drill a decent hole ...
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bit holder v.s. hex bit socket v.s. nut driver

I have a novice question. What are the differences among bit holder v.s. hex bit socket v.s. nut driver? They all look similar. Can I use them interchangeably?
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If a Drill's Clutch doesn't properly align the gears, can it cause the Chuck to loosen?

So I was using my hammer drill to drill into some masonry when I ended up hitting the clutch to a lower setting. When this happened, the trigger remained pulled for a moment, but the bit nor the chuck ...
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What's the name for this very thin metal sanding disk for use in a drill?

I have a sanding disc that attaches to my drill, and i'm struggling to find a replacement. Does anyone know what it's officially called? I reckon it's about 180 grit. It's about 127mm external ...
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Corded vs Cordless Drill [duplicate]

I have the intension of buying a Drill, At shops, I see the corded and cordless Types, Although the cordless drill is more handy and portable, I always have a little doubt about that it's ...
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Cannot drill far enough to mount curtain pole

Trying to mount a curtain pole above my window, and I cannot drill far enough in to get a rawlplug plus screw into the wall. I can drill ~0.75in deep but no further. I have considered getting a ...
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How can I drill a straight hole without a drill press?

I'm making some pull up bars with 1 1/8" diameter holes and have some questions about how I should drill the holes: Right now I'm planning on using spade bits. A drill press is not practical in this ...
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How to safely install drywall anchors near wiring

I need to hang a rack on a pantry wall, the other side of which has a light-switch. The rack will be holding quite a bit of weight (well-distributed, and close to the wall, though), and I need to ...
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What type of Drill should I go for?

I am planning to build a new Computer table and a book shelf by myself. I will require a drill machine that can drill a hole into wood and that can also drive a screw into this hole (using the drill, ...
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Can you use a power drill with the exchangeable screwdriver bits on a manual screwdriver?

If not, what is the difference between a screwdriver bit that is designed for a power tool versus the ones that come with a multi-bit screw driver set like these: ...
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How can I align 2 holes 1.5m apart?

I need to drill 2 holes in a concrete wall, about 1.5m apart and I need the line between them to be as horizontal as possible. I have a level, not that big, and few other basic tools. How can I ...
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How to drill steel with large bit outside the drill press

I need to drill a 12 mm hole in a steel piece 5mm thick, but the whole piece doesn't fit on my drill press. Can this be done anyhow? In my previous experience drilling holes this big with a hand ...
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When pre-drilling for screws, how do you determine the correct bit diameter?

Suppose I want to pre-drill for, say, a 5/16 screw. How do I determine the correct drill bit diameter?
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How to drill white Macabus

How to drill 3/8" holes in White Macabus. I've tried masonry bits and a diamond tipped hollow bit,to no avail,I got one hole 3/4 of the way thru until it went dull
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Drill getting stuck about two inches into stud

I'm trying to mount my flat screen. I found a stud using a stud finder and can definitely feel that I'm drilling into the stud but about 1.5-2 inches in, the bit gets stuck. I proceeded with ...
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How to safely use an installer bit between floors?

I have a finished two-story house which has two interior walls vertically stacked. I'd like to run ethernet from the top floor to the bottom, by: cutting out a square for a wall plate on the top ...
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How to drill Stainless Steel?

I'm doing a Half-pipe / skate ramp. I have to drill holes in a stainless tube but I wasn't able to with HSS Drill tips last night (I've followed youtube video tutorials). The stainless tube is this ...
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Do I need a corded drill to mix thinset?

I've been looking at tearing out my fiberglass shower, installing Kerdi, and re-tiling the whole thing. During my research into this project, I've come across quite a few forums that have members ...
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Why does my drill bit destroy the screw head?

I have a craftsman drill which I use for drilling. When I use a screwdriver head to fix screws in drywall or wood, it keeps on destroying the head of the screw. So much so that the screw head is ...
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Can I drill/rivet into my Fridge?

I would like to attach a clasp/latch to the side of my fridge/freezer, so that I can tell when it is closed at a glance, and to make closing it a concious effort. The fridge is from some time in the ...
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How to drill and remove inside from precious stone through small hole? [closed]

My friend's trying to drill fist sized precious stone through tiny hole and remove inside.We want to keep outer side intact. He's going to fill and keep oriental medicine inside. But we can't figure ...
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Gold-standard drill make? [closed]

Craftsman:wrenches as BLANK:power drills What is the gold-standard power drill make? For general purposes/light carpentry.
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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How can I bore deep straight holes through wood?

I wish to bore a 12mm hole in a 9x2 vertically. How do I keep the bore hole straight through 9 inches?
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What can I use to drill dowel holes down the end of a long piece of wood?

More of a DIY than Improvement question, but here goes anyway. We're building a shoe box with slatted sides and base and were thinking of joining the slats to the corner uprights with dowel (excuse ...
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How can I repair my hammer drill?

I have been using my bosch drill to power a small wood turning lathe. Now the drill is always in hammer drill mode even though it is not switched to hammer drill. I opened the drill up but it looks ...
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Can buffing and sanding attachments be used with a fixed speed powerdrill?

Have wondered about this possibility. I've seen some 'As seen on TV' ads where they sell all-in-one DIY power-tool kits which can act as a drill (reversible), power screw in/unscrew, hammer, buffing, ...
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What size drill motor should I buy?

Looking to buy a non-professional (occasional home DIY use) multi-purpose power-drill like the 'Skil' range by Bosche (although I am open to other brand / makes that fit my budget). I have an option ...
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How can I drill through very hard porcelain tile?

I've read multiple instructions on mounting a shower rod in bathroom tile, however I've spent much longer than the internet suggests it should take to drill through my tile. I drilled for about 50 ...