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

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What's the minimum distance between holes in a concrete wall?

I'm fixing a pull-ups bar to a concrete wall. I need to drill some 15/32'' holes, but I have the feeling that two holes in the metallic frame are too close to each other. They are less than an inch ...
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Tricks for fitting a 7/16" bit into a 3/8" drill?

I have a 3/8 hand-held drill and that's pretty much all I need for my projects. But now I have a project where I have to insert large dowels, and they will need a 7/16" hole. I don't have that ...
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Drill hole size for a given screw size in tile

I need to install a grab bar in a ceramic-tiled shower. I plan on drilling through the tile and screwing into studs (no anchors) with stainless steel screws. I know I need to use a carbide or diamond ...
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Unable to drill through second story subfloor

I have squeaky floors on my second story. I bought one of those repair kits with the tool that helps find the joists through carpet. Wherever I drill, no matter which room or what distance I move ...
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How to cut a 1 5/8 hole in plexiglass with a hole saw and not break the plexi

I'm making a router base plate to accommodate a larger round over bit. I need to cut a large hole through the plexi for bit clearance and I don't want to break or crack the plexiglass.
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How to make a Ø25cm notch, 20mm thick, 10cm deep, in the ground?

Strange need isn't it? It is to seal no bottom pots in the soil, like in the following photo but without the bottoms: I have imagined this solution, with no soldering: Main parts: 1x 1m steel rod ...
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Where does one acquire lost parts from toolboxes or toolsets? [closed]

I purchased a Durabuilt toolbox many years ago, but some of the tools from the box have gone missing (ie. a vice grip and a screwdriver). I'm trying to buy those missing parts. So that when I take ...
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Appropriate mirror type (self-adhesive/drill-based) for outside of wardrobe door

I'd like to fix mirrors on the outside of each of this wardrobe's four wooden doors: Easiest would be to use self-sticking square mirrors such as this one. But several reviewers report having had ...
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What hard thing am I hitting in my brick wall?

I'm drilling several 2.5cm deep holes (all horizontally about half a meter from the roof) to install some large IKEA Pax cabinets into an internal single-brick wall. I'm drilling into a wall with a ...
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Can't drill hole deep enough in concrete

I need to anchor a shed to cement or concrete with ⅜" x 3" anchor bolts.  I have a Bosch "long life in concrete" ⅜" bit.  The drill motor is medium-size but was able to get ...
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Drilling hole through layered wood and metal

I want to drill a hole (about 12mm diameter) through the floor of a shipping container. From the inside of the container, the wooden (probably plywood) floor is visible, and from the outside there is ...
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Dewalt Power Drill DEWALT DCD708B, how to change drill bit

I have a Dewalt Power Drill DEWALT DCD708B ATOMIC. Instruction manual here. What is the proper way to change a drill bit? I see many online videos, where they remove the battery, open the chuck hole ...
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Choosing pilot hole size for brick

I'm new to drilling but I've read up as much as I can. I need to drill some 8mm holes in brick (not the mortar) for 8mm rawlplugs. I'll be using a 550W Bosch corded hammer drill and I have a set of ...
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How can I mount something heavy on a wall that's too hard to drill more than 1/2 inch

I am trying to mount a wooden trellis on my living room wall. The house was built in 1890 and later remodeled. Most interior walls are standard drywall with studs, but the exterior walls seem to be ...
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Can I drill a hole in a reinforced concreete with an impact driller?

I am wondering wether I can drill in reinforced concrete 5-6mm(1/4”) diameter wholes and 30-40mm depth with my Bosch GSB-1080-LI-2, which is almost the same like GSB-120-LI?
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Hit metal while drilling - what did I hit?

While attempting to hang a coat rack in my basement on an exterior wall, my drill hit some metal. I know that there are water pipes in the area, so I want to make sure that I am not going to cause ...
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Can/Should I use Impact Driver to drill screws on brick walls?

I have been trying to find this answers, before I can buy the tool. I have had some bad experience with corded tools, and would like to go for a cordless/brushless drill/driver. Not interested in any ...
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What to do when drilling into steel has no effect? [closed]

I read a few online articles on drilling into metals. The advice is mostly the same: Predrill a smaller hole. Drill slowly — low rpm. No need for fancy equipment — any drill bit specialized for metal ...
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Drill bit stuck behind chuck

I am a first timer user of a drill and didn't use the proper drill bits. I removed the chuck and put the drill bit where the chuck is located and now the drill bit is obviously stuck. Any suggestions ...
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Is a standard 3-mode (Hammer, Drill, Screw) Combi Drill always capable of alternating direction?

I am trying to get myself a brushless+cordless Combi Drill to replace my nightmare Terratek corded drill and support my home DIY package. I don't need advice for drill, as I know it's not the right ...
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What is the grease or lubricant at the end of my new rotary hammer drill tool?

Recently purchased a rotary hammer drill and some kind of grease or lubricate was at the bit end (opening) of my tool. I'm wondering what kind of grease is this? I was watching a few videos and ...
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Drilling conical holes into Metal (Lathe)

I need to make a hole that is 11.5mm wide at the bottom, 12.2mm wide at the top and 34mm deep into a metal cylinder. The dimensions may vary. I have a lathe. I was thinking of getting a 11.5mm drill ...
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Hit metal while installing lamp hook

I was trying to install a small ceiling hook for my lamp frame. Trying to just screw it in manually didn't work - the material of the ceiling is really soft and the hook doesn't hold. I tried to drill ...
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Filling large hole to screw/drill into again

I have a radiator which was not on properly. I tries tightening the screws but the original plaster just gave way. I filled it with 2 products (polycell and ronseal) which both claimed they could take ...
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I need a drill for driving ground rods [closed]

I'm absolutely tired of renting here. I need a drill for driving ground rods and soil is moderately hard one I wanted to know how big/heavy drill I need for ground rods. 10-13 amps, and around 12-15 ...
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How do I remove a chuck that got stuck during removal?

I was in the process of removing a keyless chuck on a cordless drill. I removed the screw from the chuck first and for some unknown reason managed to close the teeth on the chuck without inserting an ...
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Why did this aluminum bar 'splash' when I tried to drill a hole?

I need to make a couple of 3mm holes in this 0.75" 6063-T52 Aluminum Square Bar. I grabbed a 3mm drill bit, and consulted this chart. My drill press only goes up to 3200, so I set it to that ...
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"Safe" to drill into a wall with an electrical consumer unit on the other side?

I want to add shelving to a wall. On the other side of this wall is the electrical consumer unit for my premises. I have one of these non-contact detector pens:¹ I won't be drilling further than ...
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How to drill through wall without hitting boiler on the other side

I need to drill a hole through from my living room to my garage to put an ethernet run between them. I can only drill through from the living room in one spot due to the positioning of the electrical ...
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Whats a good method for hanging heavy curtains in a timbre frame wall?

I've moved into a timber frame house. I have read a bit about plasterboard and using the right plugs and fixings but am still unsure. The curtains are blackout so have a bit of weight to them. The ...
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How can I drill my own electrical knockout?

I would like to drill a regular (I think 3/8") knockout on a metal appliance housing. It is not tabbed like on a metal handy box. Which drill bit should I use?
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Hammer Drill on Stone Slab

I have a concrete wall with stone slabs on top, I want to drill into the stone slabs to attach a fence, they are around 2 inches thick, can I use a hammer drill or will this crack the stone?
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What amperage rotary hammer drill is needed to drill through poured concrete?

I need to drill 3/8" diameter holes, at a 45 degree angle, into my poured foundation basement walls to inject polyurethane, in order to prevent shrinkage cracks from leaking ground water. There ...
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Is 6 holes in ceramic tiles the life of a drill bit?

I have always been unwilling to drill into ceramic tiles for fear of cracking them. But tomorrow, I am having a tile wall demolished, so I figured today I would get some drilling practice in while the ...
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Do I need an impact driver for driving concrete screws?

I'll shortly need to bolt some shelving and a power rack down into my garages concrete floor. I'm planning on using concrete screws so that I can remove them later if I want to move anything around. I'...
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Type of drill that can make quick work of pre-drilling red-heads / concrete screws

I have a 17 pound hammer drill with a rotary attachment rated at 7.5Joules. That's plenty of impact energy but it is actually a bit soft on the rotary torque. It basically is meant to demolish ...
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Wall anchors stuck halfway in stucco

I'm trying to install the a security camera outdoor on stucco. I used the drill to drill a hole until it hits something and cannot go further. Then I put the wall anchor into the hole and found that I ...
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Foundation vent grates

2 part question here. My house has these vents in the foundation: There are several of these around the house. They're about 18"x10". I want to block them off so mice and small animals can'...
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Drilling out steel screws

What technique do I need to use for drilling out a steel screw? Might be stainless, not sure. I'm using a Milwaukee M18Fuel hand drill and Milwaukee cobalt bits. It's a powerful drill. I've made a ...
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Which Cordless Drill Setting should I use for Self Drilling Screws

I need to use self drilling screws shown below to attach something to a piece of metal. First time user of a cordless drill with so many settings. Do I use the drill setting at low speeds or the ...
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What does the Length Dimension of a Rotary Hammer Really Mean

So I see an advertisement for an SDS Max rotary hammer that is "1 1/4 in" , and another (that is apparently more powerful?) at "1 9/16 in", and yet another at "2 in". ...
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How can I tell if my tile is ceramic or porcelain?

I need to drill into some tile. How can I tell if it's ceramic or porcelain? I want to use the correct drill bit.
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Drilling through the center stud - Can't identify what material is it?

I'd need to drill through the center stud above my fireplace to mount a tv. The stud is beside a power outlet. There is brick veneer in the front and the stud is in the very end but I also see one ...
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Removing screws from concrete

My house's basement has wood shelves that are firmly attached to the basement's concrete walls. I need to remove these shelves (because of molding issues) but my drill is not strong enough to detach ...
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Where can I drill onto exterior walls of the house and detached garage for installing the heavier patio string lights

I am a new home owner and not really aware if I would cause long term damage by drilling any where I feel like. So I am seeking help from the forum. Highly appreciate all the help ! The lights will be ...
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Drilling steady holes horizontally on ceramic

I need to drill holes in the bathroom ceramic tiles to hang some accessories. I am using a cordless drill, which is actually an electric gun-shaped screwdriver claiming to act as a drill. It has no ...
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Is my electric impact drill useless?

** I am not seeking a product review, but right/wrong choice for my drill machine** Hello, I have a Terratek 500w impact drill (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00H3KYLQY/ref=...
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Drilling in a corner right next to a wall

Background In the kitchen I have an 80cm wide recess that perfectly fit with my 80cm wide x 72cm tall cupboards I got as a gift when moving in. One of the cupboards stands on the floor in the recess ...
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How to add handles to glass Justis doors?

We just bought a condo - the kitchen has the Ikea Rubik horizontal pull-up glass doors (now known as the Justis glass doors). With me being on the shorter side, it's hard for me to open without using ...
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Hanging a 20lbs lamp from a concrete ceiling, what to be aware of?

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 ...
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