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

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Power tripped whilst drilling a wall. Restores ok, but is it safe?

Extremely stupid of me I know, but I was hanging a wall clock in the kitchen in a hurry using a corded drill plugged into a socket directly below the clock. I was drilling slowly through the brick ...
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How to drill holes in 3/8" thick steel plates?

I had to drill some 1/2" holes in 3/8" steel plates. In addition to taking something like 15 min per hole, a brand new drill bit lasts maybe two holes and it is trash. What is the best way to drill ...
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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?

Before drilling a wall (drywall at the surface; not sure what's beneath) separating the bathroom from the corridor, I took a multimeter with a non-contact voltage (NCV) detector to check that the ...
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Burning Rubber Smell From Drill Press Belts

After 20+ years my drill press finally ate a belt. Before the belt failed there was a burning rubber smell. Now after replacing both belts, the smell is still there. I don't see anything obvious and ...
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Why are corded Drills so different from cordless drills?

Typically the difference between the wired and wireless tool should be the wire or lack there off. However the the corded and cordless drills are both quite different from each other in typical design ...
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Install level on cordless drill

I would like to add a level to my cordless drill. I saw this and thought it would work if I added it to the back of my drill. I thought I would position the drill in the right position and then ...
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Slightly extending an opening in plywood

I'm trying to fit a slightly larger trash can into an opening in thick (about 1") plywood (see photo). Basically, I need to shave off some material in the corners to make the new can fit. Question is,...
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size of screw, wall plug and drill bit for shelf upright with 7mm hole

I have a shelf upright that has 7mm sunken holes, like this one here: https://www.twinslotshelving.co.uk/shelving-uprights/1m-white-upright I'm just unsure about the size of the things I need for ...
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Installing IKEA Lillangen high cabinet (with feet)

I need to install a Lillangen high cabinet that has feet on the floor but as it's tall it needs to be secured with four screws. There is a stud I can use but I am scared of not screwing right into the ...
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Drill bit sizing for pilot hole

The directions call for the pilot hole to be drilled with a 5/16, but I don't have one. What’s the next size or closest to a 5/16 drill bit?
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I have a jcb corded drill that seems to have suddenly stopped working

The drill is in pretty good condition and worked when used last a few months ago. It is now not working when pressing the trigger. It will randomly have a bust of power and start then when the trigger ...
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Brick drilling in close distance to another hole?

I am about to install a samll kids coat hanger, however it seems I will need to drill another hole about 1 cm from the existing one (brick wall). Is it at all possible or should I look for another ...
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Can I drill into a wall's baseboard?

I need to run coaxial cable to another room and the original hole near the bottom of the wall got covered by a taller baseboard. Is it ok to drill through the baseboard? There's still a hole on the ...
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Hanging a ceiling lamp from reinforced concrete; what tool do I need to avoid rebar?

I'm trying to hang a ceiling lamp from what appears to be a reinforced concrete ceiling. My anchors require a 40 mm deep hole, but I don't succeed in drilling more than about 35 mm deep with my ...
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While drilling into kitchen wall, hit a wire - any advice?

While fixing the extractor hood yesterday, I accidently hit a wire when drilling and exposed the copper. The wires are too tight to get some kind of a box in there and putting an electrical tape may ...
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How to stop bricks pushing out while drilling?

I need to add an extractor fan to our utility room so I started drilling a hole using a core drill bit from the inside to outside. Its a standard UK brick cavity wall, so brick > insulation > brick. I ...
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Drill bit stuck in Hilti TE52

Drill bit was left in the chuck and has gone rusty so unable to remove. Have tried WD40 with grip and hammer but no luck. Any suggestions? Cheers
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tapping a hole - how close does the drill bit have to be

I want to tap a hole in a surface that I think is steel. According to the chart I need a 6.8mm drill bit but screwfix doesn't sell a 6.8mm hss drill bit. Can you use a 7mm instead? For future ...
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Masonry drill bits

I have used 2 different brand of masonry bits. I can not even drill one hole before it becomes dull. I used both a regular drill and a hammer drill. Is that normal? Andy
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How/why is a driver better at screws than a combi drill?

The first decent power tool I bought was a DeWalt combi drill. It's good but I know contractors always have dedicated tools and it seems other than convenience switching bits, a driver is just better ...
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safe distance for re-drilling nail holes

I drilled at wrong place inside the window frame when installing blinds, about 1/2 inch off, is it safe to drill a new hole 1/2 inch away from the old one? edit: Please see picture, it's another ...
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Drilling in concrete and hitting something hard - what are my options?

I drilling somewhat deep holes (inch and a half) into concrete and I'm hitting something hard in two out of my four holes. I'm fairly sure it's not metal I'm hitting and I'm wondering how to proceed. ...
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How to remove an old bosch drill chuck?

I've got an old Bosch corded hammer drill, model PSB 500. It's not the "RE" (reversible) model. The chuck is a traditional one with the jaws and the key to loosen and tighten the bits. Since this ...
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What are the best practice in drilling anchor screw holes in right locations?

I am setting up several stations side by side that look like this: For each station I have to install a mirror that has two hooks behind it and look like this: Those hooks are supposed to hang on ...
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Is this a drill bit for concrete?

What kind of drill bit is this? Can it be used to drill a hole in concrete? EDIT: after the accepted answer provided me with some details I found out what it is. Details here, on page 5. And the ...
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Remove broken setscrew in an already damaged hole?

Trying to remove a broken setscrew on part of my stove. Top photo is the current state, the second photo is another part showing an intact screw for comparison. I already tried to drill out the screw ...
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Don't bore/notch in middle third of a joist… span or member?

Suppose I have a continuous joist supported somewhere in the middle. For ease let's say it's a 24 foot continuous joist, and there's a bearer right in the middle at the 12 foot mark. Here's a picture ...
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What are the grooves on the shank of my 16" masonry drill bits for?

I had to purchase a new 16" masonry drill bit for a project I am working on and it has the below grooves on the shank. I am curious why, but also want to know if there is a special drill that it is ...
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Drilling: what's underneath my subfloor?

I have a squeaky floor and I'm trying to use a kit to screw the subfloor to the joists. However, while drilling to find the joists I can go down less than an inch before the drill stops going down ...
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Makita DDF483 sub compact drill chuck removal

I really over worked my little drill about a year ago and hurt the gearbox. Now it's time to replace it (the gearbox). Is it possible for the chuck to be a left hand thread? The screw inside the chuck ...
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Solving subfloor squeaks

I am planning to remove carpet in a living room and dining room area of my house and replace it with floating laminate flooring. There are some spots in my current floor that squeak so I was planning ...
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how to drill aligned holes in steel pipe?

I need to accurately drill multiple holes in steel pipe (1.25-2" diameter, 65-100 mil wall thickness, about 10ft long). I need to drill a half-dozen or so evenly-spaced aligned pairs of holes all ...
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What kind of drill bit is this?

This is a drill bit I got in a kit that included brad point bits, masonry bits and regular drill bits, all without instructions or labels. At first, I thought the ridges were meant to make screw ...
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Cordless drill or impact driver for household projects? [closed]

Which tool would be best suited for various around the house jobs? I already own a cheap cordless drill and the battery frequently dies. I need to know which tool is best for hanging light fixtures, ...
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How do I sharpen my circle cutter

I have a circle cutter that I inherited from my father. The directions are long gone. It's bogging down and I'm sure sharpening it would help but it's kind of unclear which is the cutting edge. ...
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Can a large hole be reliably drilled in a table _by hand_?

The Ikea Fixa 5-piece hole saw set can be used to drill a hole in a tabletop. I intend to use the smallest in this set. The table is too big and even though the monitor arm is quite long, it is not ...
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How to fit a screw into a drilled big hole on wall?

I am fitting a window blind on a wall. The wall is made of plaster board as far as I have known. I have drilled a hole on wall bigger than the screw size. The drilled hole on the wall has a diameter ...
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Detecting concealed PVC water pipe with ultrasonic sensor

I'm planning to install some glass shelves in one corner of my washroom. The problem is, there are some plumbing pipes snaking around underneath the ceramic tiles and I risk punching holes while ...
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Seal a 1in drilled hole in concrete block

I need to drill a 1 inch hole in a basement foundation block wall to pass a 1/2 emt conduit through. How do I seal the gap afterwards to pass inspection, prevent mice, insects, rain and drafts. ...
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How to cut a door wrapped in sheet metal

In my kitchen I have a dumb waiter; the door is 1" thick solid wood wrapped in 1/16" sheet metal. I removed the old door knob (that's the hole in the photo) to make room for a flush pull. I need to ...
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Trouble drilling into outside facing wall above window to hang curtain rod

I have an outside facing wall on the second story of my home. I'm trying to drill above a window to put a support for a curtain rod. I can easily drill about 1/5 of an inch but then the drill just ...
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How to choose hole sizes when building a sorting sieve?

I'm planning to build a sorting sieve out of a set of plastic containers with holes drilled in the bottom. The container with the largest holes will be on top and the one with the smallest holes ...
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Is my Milwaukee drill defective?

I have a Milwaukee M12 Fuel hammer drill I purchased in July. Last week I was drilling holes through studs with a brand new 5/8” auger bit and the drill was constantly stopping due to overload ...
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What's the purpose of 5.5mm concrete drill bits?

In (continental) Europe, all the plugs I've seen are either 5 or 6mm. So what's the point of 5.5mm drill bits, most commonly found in SDS-plus version? Is it to drill in crappy material and/or with a ...
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How do I drill through a metal screw in my cabinet doors?

I'm in the process of adding hardware to my bathroom vanity and as I have gone to drill the holes in the doors, I am hitting metal. It's hard to see what it is, but I believe it's a screw or a piece ...
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What size chuck key do I need for my Black & Decker DNJ62 drill?

I have been given an ancient Black and Decker DNJ62 power drill from my father (who knows even less about DIY than I - which is saying something). Unfortunately he has lost the chuck key for it, ...
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Is it normal for a hammer drill bit to wobble?

Last year I bought a Makita HR2470 for home use from German Amazon, because it had many positive reviews. Since then many negative ones appeared saying that the drill bit wobbles. There is also a user ...
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Mounting heavy shelves to brick wall

I've an aluminium shelf that's 150cm wide, it came with 8 of these 10x50 plastic plugs and 6x60 universal screws. I've drilled into my masonry wall with a 60mm deep with a masonry bit and installed ...
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How to mount a floating shelf on ridged ceramic tile

My bathroom is tiled with an extremely ridged ceramic tile and I would like to mount a floating shelf on the wall. Since the tile is ridged, the tiler is reluctant to drill holes in it for fear of ...
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How tight should a screw be screwed in? [closed]

Might sound as a simple question, but I am still confused. As a new learning DIYer, I want to know in more detail on which application how much a screw should be tighten. For example, if I want to ...