I need some guidance in this DIY wizardry. I've always had trouble drilling the ceiling in my house, but now I'm having the same trouble with a wall. I've relegated myself to avoid drilling at all costs but I want to know what am I doing wrong.

I've already used the hammer action of my drill, but with the same result.

I can drill very easily for a few millimeters, and then I can't get past that. Here are some photos of my latest failures along with the drill and the bit I'm using. The tools are very old, they belonged to my father, so I wonder if that's the problem.

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    What is the construction of your house? Plaster over wood studs? Poured concrete? Nov 26, 2016 at 17:34
  • Does it feel like the drill has any percussive action when you're drilling? It wouldn't be too dramatic... much like a strong buzzing. (I'm wondering if your drill isn't getting into hammer mode properly.) Nov 26, 2016 at 18:19
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    OK admit it . . . your 'house' is the jail house. You are trying to get us to participate in a jailbreak! Or is this some unusual architect design concrete house? Where is it? Nov 26, 2016 at 20:59
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    I hate to suggest this, but are you sure the drill is turning the right direction? It should be rotating clockwise as you're holding it against the wall.
    – Mark
    Nov 26, 2016 at 21:08
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    You might need a machine with more hammering energy.
    – Gunnish
    Nov 26, 2016 at 21:31

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Are you sure your not using a masonry drill bit? It will drill through the drywall, but you will have a tough time if you hit wood behind it.

  • Apparently I am using masonry bits. I'll try with general purpose ones next.
    – Smig
    Nov 27, 2016 at 17:27
  • It's hard to see, but I don't think there's wood back there. A general purpose drill bit would just grind itself dull on stone. Nov 27, 2016 at 20:53

Your photos show a masonry drill bit. General purpose drill bits look like these. enter image description here

I cannot tell what material the wall is made of from your photos. One looks likely to be sheetrock (gypsum board), but the other is uncertain.

A masonry bit eventually will grind through sheetrock, but is highly ineffective on wood—probably igniting it with enough persistence. (However, the masonry bit will do great in concrete.)

  • I'm going to get some general purpose bits this week and see if it makes a difference.
    – Smig
    Nov 27, 2016 at 17:26

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