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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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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 ...
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How long should I recharge my drill's batteries?

I have a Black & Decker EPC128 12V cordless drill. It has two batteries. Since the recharger has no light or indicator on it, I never surely understand whether the battery is partly/fully charged ...
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What does it mean when a drill says it is 3/8", and where do I get bits and extensions for it?

Bought a Ryboi D42 3/8" drill. A bit of confusion first, when it states it's a 3/8" is that saying the diameter or circumference of the drill hole is 3/8"? or something else? This drill is very good ...
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What is the best technique for using a drill to insert screws?

It looks so easy on the DIY programs, but I battle to insert screws using my drill. The screwdriver bit keeps slipping out, and it damages the screw head. Is there a neat trick for this? Should I ...
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How do I drill through steel?

I was trying to drill through my stucco wall and hit a very hard surface that the drill would not go through. I then purchased a titanium drill bit that I was told would drill through steel, which I ...
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What tool will allow me to make a cutout in the middle of a vertical sheet of cardboard?

On low end furniture such as bookcases and entertainment centers, the backs of them are usually sheets of cardboard nailed on. I have a bookcase with a cardboard back already assembled. I would like ...
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How to hang a projector screen from a thin horizontal part of slightly curved ceiling

I have a brick wall in front of which I want to hang a projector screen. Here is an image of a typical projector screen that I am looking to buy: The part of my ceiling near the wall is curved(the ...
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Can I use a toggle bolt if there's no space behind the drywall?

While trying to install a 14lb metal shelf to the wall, I had learned from a previous installation mishap to upgrade from plastic anchors to something stronger. I picked up a few toggle bots (3/16" w ...
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Black and Decker drill bit set with Kobalt drill?

How universal are drills and bit sets? Can I mix and match bit brands with drill brands? For example, would a Black and Decker bit set work with a Kobalt drill? Sorry if it's a stupid question, I'm ...
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What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw?

I am building a project where I am using a hole saw. After drilling through 2, 1" thick boards I have to clear the scrap out of the saw. This is a really slow process and I suspect I am doing it ...
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How to bore a hole from inside the crawlspace?

I need to drop some conduit in my crawlspace and run it under the brick skirting in order to install some conduit. Once outside the skirting, I plan to rent a trencher to do the majority of the run, ...
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how can I drill a 1/2“ diameter, 1/2” deep hole in 3/4" particle board?

I need to drill a couple of holes in the bottom of a kitchen cabinet to fit it with IKEA Akurum legs. I thought of using a 1/2" spade drill bit but its' narrow end - the tip of the spear so to speak - ...