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I need to drill a through hole in a brick wall. Is there a method to start from both sides of the wall and meet in the wall?

I wish to do this because:

  1. The wall is slightly thicker than the length of my drill bit. (Of course I could just go and by a longer bit.)
  2. I want to avoid the "exit wound" effect.
  • How big of a hole? – mmathis Jan 22 '18 at 14:21
  • Diameter of 10mm. – Old Geezer Jan 22 '18 at 15:05
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The professional tool that allows you to align your hole and drill from both sides of a solid material like brick accurately is called a Transpointer (e.x. Hilti PX10). Unfortunately they're usually around $1000, so that's probably not an option.

Drill your 10mm hole to a depth within 25mm of the face of the brick so that you don't blow out the other side, put a stack of neodymium button magnets (less than 10mm in diameter) into the hole, and then use one of the neodymium magnets on the other side of the hole to find the center blindly. If your hole depth is close enough to the surface, the magnet will either repel or be attracted to the center of the stack of magnets in the wall depending on which pole (North or South) you put nearest the wall.

Now you know exactly where the hole is and can drill the last 25mm from the blind side and prevent a blowout.

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Start with a small bit and measure from the same brick to get the center on both sides then drill in, starting with a smaller bit and good measurements I usually connect but am slightly angled (I guess I never hold the bit quite square) now that the 2 holes are connected open up with the correct size bit. I have done this on concrete block , brick and stone, some as thick as 2'.

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One approach would be to go get a smaller bit of sufficient length. Drill through, then come in from each side with the larger bit.

That way you avoid the surface damage, plus a smaller bit will be cheaper for you.

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