I’m trying to drill a hole into the concrete ceiling in my apartment to first insert a hook, then hang the lamp through. The lamp is a plug-in btw.

Just wondering what are the necessary tools and precautions I should consider?! The lamp is 20lbs, Should I be worried that the ceiling will break?! Where should I drill (if that even matters for a 20lbs weight)? What hooks should I use? Etc., etc.

Thank you so much for helping!!!

  • are you allowed to drill into the ceiling in your apartment?
    – jsotola
    Oct 27, 2021 at 16:07

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You're going to need a hammer action drill, masonry drill bit, and a masonry anchor bolts hook (search for expansion hook and concrete or ask at a hardware store). 20lb isn't that much but given it's going to be overhead I'd probably over do the connection.

It's going to be a pig to drill upwards into concrete but if you have a good drill and new drill bit it's doable.

You probably want glasses and a mask as drilling into the ceiling is going to create a lot of dust that will fall onto you.

  • Part of the question involves hardware. You might mention what you're recommending.
    – isherwood
    May 30, 2021 at 14:09
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    I've used lag shields and lag hooks for similar projects. Get an old clear Tupperware cover or cut a tennis ball in half and drill a hole in the center. Place the cover or half ball over the starter hole and continue to drill, letting the cover or ball catch the dust.
    – JACK
    May 30, 2021 at 16:25
  • Or have a helper with a vacuum get the dust as you drill. May 30, 2021 at 17:54
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    @JACK that's a great idea! I'll have to keep that in mind.
    – FreeMan
    Oct 27, 2021 at 16:04
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    @FreeMan I cut a basketball in half for when using a 5 or 6" hole saw for recessed lights... Glad you like it.
    – JACK
    Oct 27, 2021 at 16:23

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