I'm currently attempting to install a curtain rail in my bedroom, but my drill is getting stuck at 2cm deep.

There were previous holes there, but they were too big so I filled them and tried drilling slightly above and below them, they were at least 3.5cm deep.

Im in the UK and this is on the ground floor above a window.

Previous holes marked in red my two attempts and the previous holes marked red

This seems to be rotated 90 anticlockwise , but it's in the top corner of the room some more context as to where they are

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    What type of drill are you using? A masonry drill probably will have issues, but a HSS drill should be fine. Spanning the window opening on a lot of UK houses is a steel lintel - you're probably bouncing off that.
    – PeteCon
    Oct 20 '16 at 15:20
  • @PeteCon I tried HSS, my bit got discoloured and I smell burning. I then tried a more powerful hammer drill, turns out it was just very hard brick Oct 20 '16 at 17:14
  • Glad you found a solution. Would you add this as an answer, so future searchers can find it? Oct 20 '16 at 20:56

The problem was that I was using a cordless hammer drill which wasn't powerful enough to get through the material behind the plasterboard. I managed when I used a more powerful (1KW) drill.

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