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

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Is it okay to have Sparks inside drill machines?

I am seeing sparks inside my brand new drill machine. It is a 550 Watt Skil 6513 drill machine (not cordless). Attached screenshot: 1) Sparks in red when I switched on 2) Here it sparks (in blue) ...
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Make an hole at the center of a cylinder with a drill press

I have a drill press and I want to do an hole at the center of a cylinder but I don't know how to do...Can anyone help me?
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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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How to drill a hole in a space too small to fit a standard manual or electric drill?

I have a very narrow kitchen cupboard I'd like to make some changes to (add shelves maybe). Almost any change will require drilling holes though, and there's not enough room for a standard electric or ...
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How to drill straight hole in 4x8 beam?

I need to drill a 0.5" hole for a big bolt going through 4x8 beam (used in swing). Now I only have the hand drill and no drill press tool (which could be nice). I only need to make 2 holes and they ...
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When is the reverse function on dedicated drywall screwdrivers useful?

Is there any reason why the reverse function on a drywall screwdriver would be useful in certain situations? On my Milwaukee drywall screwdriver, you have to apply downward pressure to disengage the ...
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Can a non-professional drill holes in a granite countertop?

I recently bought an under-counter kegerator and need to have some holes drilled in the granite countertop for the tap. The template and mount has 1.75" hole in the center (to run the beer lines) and ...
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How NOT to use a power drill. What are common mistakes that should be avoided? [closed]

While I know how to operate a power drill in general (by the manual, so to say), I am wondering which things I should avoid of doing to it, in order to get the best out of the drill. I want to know ...
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Drilling through the exterior wall of a row house - hitting metal?

Working on a 1920s brick two family row house in Brooklyn. Looking to run a cat5 cable through an exterior wall (and back in again at another part of the house, to avoid running the wire through ...
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What are the key differences between a step drill bit and a knockout punch?

Both a step drill bit and a knockout punch seem to be very similar, in that they both make holes in a metal box. The step drill seems to have an advantage, since it can make several size holes using ...
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Can I drill a cast iron enameled shower pan for door installation?

Drill in hand, about to do it! Should there be concern here?
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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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Best way to make a hole in concrete wall

So my house has concrete walls and ceilings. There a few places i would need to remove some large holes like for vents or light fixtures. I was looking at a concrete hole saw which seems to be a good ...
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Special sized towel rack brackets needed - do they exist?

I'm trying to replace my bathroom towel racks, without re-drilling holes in the wall. The previous rack's holes are wider apart than all the standard holes I'm finding in stores, so I'm not finding ...
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Drill hole through rock wall?

I have boulder stone foundation and would like to drill a hole through it for a gas line. How can I do this? The rocks in the foundation tend to be about 12 to 20 inches and diameter and they are ...
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Will neodymium magnets harm my power drill battery?

I glued some magnets onto my power drill battery to use for storing drill bits on - but will the magnets affect the battery life?
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How to hang a TV on a drywall with no studs and no room for toggle bolts?

I am hanging a TV in a narrow wall space that has no studs behind it. I have verified there are no studs behind the drywall by using two different stud finders (a cheaper and a more expensive model). ...
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Are there any restrictions for drilling holes in solid lumber joists regarding how close to the ends of the joist? [duplicate]

I've read to not drill a hole greater than 1/3 the depth of the board (I want to drill a 3/4" hole in a 12" board for wiring, so that won't be an issue) as well as not to do it within two inches of ...
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Drilling into a bathtub

I am trying to install a bath shower door . I need to drill holes into my tub and I am using a Milwaukee Drill with Dewalt titanium drill bit set. I am not sure what sort of bath tub mine is (fiber ...
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How to avoid hidden weak mortar when drilling into plastered wall?

I'm drilling into the inside of an external wall on a Victorian mansion block. I'm trying to hang a heavy bike rack on the wall. My problem is sometimes I drill into a brick which is bomber and ...
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Breaking rock with a rotary hammer

I am in Indonesia. I previously rented a jack hammer, which ended up costing around $175 for a week. The jack hammer appeared to be an old Hitachi H65. We wanted the jack hammer to break limestone ...
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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 to choose correct drill bit size for screw and wallplug?

I need to drill a hole into masonry wall. I've never drilled a hole with a drill bit before and am confused about what size drill bit to use. I have a screw, and I have a wall plug that will go into ...
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How to drill 45mm diameter hole in 90x90mm timber post?

The reason I asking is that with my current equipment: SDS drill bit: SDS drill: I have no chance. The drill bit gets "stuck" as soon as it touches the wood. By stuck i mean it wouldn't move ...
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Should I be worried if grease leaks from inside the new electric drill?

I've just received my newly ordered drilling kit (Skil 6513 550 watts 13 mm Impact Drill). I found some sort of grease or oil around the chuck (on its surface) as soon as I opened the package and ...
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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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how do i attach an onyx ball to a newel post?

we just finished installing our railing and newel post and we have purchased an onyx ball to mount on the top of the post - we knew there must be a way to drill or glue and thought someone might know ...
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How do I tell which drill kit will be useful and suit best for DIY requirements? [closed]

I believe Skil's drill kit works best for electrical and masonry requirements and a smart hand tool kit from Skil for almost all plumbing related issues. These two products make a good combination ...
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What is the name of the tool used to create an initial dent for drilling?

I remember that during my DIY lessons at school, there was a tool used to help with positioning a drill bit. The tool was shaped like a large nail, and it was lightly hammered into the material at the ...
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How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it?

How can I drill a hole in tempered glass without shattering it? Is it even possible? The hole only needs to be around 1/4" in diameter, nothing crazy huge.
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Do i need another drill? [closed]

I have an impact or power drill already, its a bit heavy so I am wondering if I need another drill which is light for the purpose of drilling screw in woodworks I mainly use the power drill to drill a ...
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What kind of drill bit can I use for a small hole on Silestone countertop?

I need to drill 2 small holes on the underside of my Silestone countertop to secure a new dishwasher. What kind of drill bit can I use? AFAIK Silestone is some kind of artificial quartz, but I wonder ...
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How to drill to insert rebar into a large rock (5mx5mx5m)

I am pouring a reinforced concrete beam. It contains rebar. I would like to insert the rebar (horizontally) into this rock: What kind of drill and drill bit and to what depth should I drill to ...
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Can I use old bits for a hand-powered drill in a power drill?

I have some drill bits that as far as I know have only been used in a hand-powered drill. They are at least 15 years old, maximum 40 years. Can I use them in an electric/power drill? If the answer is ...
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How can I mount a security camera on the outside of the house?

I'm tasked with mounting a security camera on the outside of the house and I'm not sure what would be the right way to do this. There are two basic problems: how to mount the thing and how to run the ...
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What drill and screws should I use to attach security bar to a concrete wall

I have a few security bars to attach to my garage window. These are the bars: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291320181452?euid=37bd934e70374116905fb2a20e9f7fad&cp=1 I have the Face Fix Brackets. The ...
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Which batteries are compatible with the DeWalt DW9107?

I have a DeWalt battery charger model# DW9107. Which batteries can I charge in it? It says 14.4volts I have a DeWalt hammer drill model# DCD950B. Will the battery for it, DC9096 work with my ...
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Live wire running through entire apartment wall?

I'm currently renting an apartment and my spouse and I want to hang a metal fixture above the wall where our bed is (in lieu of a headboard...for now at least). Where I want to hang it is 4 feet above ...
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Do I have the right tools for drilling granite?

What I'm doing: taking rounded granite stones and cutting the bottoms flat with an angle grinder and drilling 2-3" the other side for a flower, pen, etc. (3/8") What I'm using: Bosch multi purpose ...
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How to SLIGHTLY widen bored hole in 2x6

I'm making a stand-alone pullup bar and I bored 1 1/4" holes in 2x6's for my 1" galvanized pipe (1 1'4" outside) to slide through. Only the pipe is definitely 1 5/16" (thank you, guy at Lowes) and I ...
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How do I drill holes in Aluminum / Aluminium sheet?

I have some aluminum / aluminium strips that are about 3 mm thick and about 20 mm wide. I need to drill some holes in them. The holes will be 3.5 mm. What type of drill bit do I need? What speed ...
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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 big a hole do I have to drill in concrete to embed rebar in it?

I have a concrete patio that I'd like to use as the foundation for a CMU wall. I'd like the CMUs to be tied into the patio slab with rebar. I get that the gist is to drill a hole in the slab, put ...
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Is it possible to use a drill press as a milling machine with the proper bit?

Assuming one has the proper bit - is there a good reason not to mill material (aluminum say) on a drill press by moving the material around? Seemingly they do more or less the same (rotary motion)
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How do I know if my power drill needs to rotate clockwise or counter clockwise to drill forward?

This maybe a dumb question but I simply want to make sure I got it right because the manual seems to be defective. I already got one of my drill bits ruined. So, could anyone show me both pictures of ...
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Questions about drill features

I'm planning to buy a corded drill but after shopping I have some questions about features. I'm not a contractor, just a DIY'er. I'll be drilling holes from the smallest size to several inches in ...
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How can I drill my wall if it contains flint?

I live in an old victorian house. Some of the walls seem to have pebbles inside then you get so far and there is flint, the drill won't go any further. Its a nightmare putting anything on the wall! ...
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Drilling under a vent

I'm about to drill through dry wall to place in screws to hang a coat rack on. I noticed that there is a vent directly up on one of the places I have to drill on (picture shown and drill area marked w/...
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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 can I determine if a mirror is tempered glass or not?

I have a full wall vanity mirror (70" x 42") in my bathroom wall. I need to drill some holes through it in order to install a vanity light. I realized that if the mirror is made from tempered glass it ...