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

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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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What's behind my basement drywall

I'm attempting to put up some shelves in our basement. The walls are covered in plasterboard which sounds hollow when you knock it, however I couldn't find any studs with the stud finder, and when I ...
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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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What is this type of interior wall?

I don't know much about what I'm doing, and I need help. I'm trying to cut a hole in my wall for a 1 gang low voltage bracket. Do you know what type of wall this is? It's very hard to cut into with a ...
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Should I use hammer mode or the clutch for a garden auger drill attachment?

I recently made this post related to using a Dewalt drill with a gardening auger. We have very rocky ground that is pretty hard to cut into, even with this auger. I just purchased a Dewalt DCD996B ...
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What’s preventing my drill from going though my wall?

I’m trying to drill holes for 3/16 screws in the walls of my room, but the drill is unable to penetrate through some parts of the wall. At first I thought I hit a nail, so I tried making another hole ...
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Why do only some drill bits slip out my drill chuck?

I have an adored drill/driver that has always struggled with some cheap bits I had from another kit. Drilling into wood goes as planned, but then when pulling the bit back out of the wood, the bit ...
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Is it safe to use a drill bit with a half broken tip?

I broke the tip of the masonry drill bit. The tip looks like this now. Half of it is missing, and it seems that the tip itself moved slightly towards the center (since at the bottom, it is parallel to ...
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How can I decommission a copper pipe through a concrete wall?

A previous owner of my house installed a 1/2" copper tube gas line through the basement wall beneath ground level to install a grill, which an owner after him removed, leaving the line buried. I ...
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Drill bit coming loose on a basic rotary/impact/hammer drill

I just received this 21V 350 in-lb impact drill https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B088JYH44C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The 350 in-lb torque rating seemed kinda decent so ...
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Tips for drilling two directly opposite holes in a square steel tube with a step bit and no drill press?

First off, I apologize if this has been asked before, I searched for similar questions before posting but couldn't find one. I want to drill a 10 mm hole straight through a square steel pipe (20 mm ...
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How can I tell if a drill clutch has been damaged?

I have a pretty new, pretty nice Dewalt cordless drill (DCD791). I haven't used it much, but today my wife needed help drilling a giant auger into the ground to make holes for plants. There were lots ...
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How to put a clean hole in concrete block?

I am building a brick wall from concrete blocks. Note that these concrete blocks just provide a facade, don't hold any weight except an additional layer of same bricks above them. The blocks are 4&...
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Potential danger installing longer strike plate screws?

Just changed the locks on my house today, and I noticed that the strike plate screws that came with my new deadbolts are much longer than the existing strike plate screws. I'm using the old screws for ...
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How do I fill the holes in concrete to reattach a curtain rod?

I am very, very new to this DIY thing, so be gentle. A bedroom curtain rod popped out of this concrete wall with a surface material which I don't recognize. The rod holds fairly heavy blackout ...
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Stuck drilling wood frame between floors

Wiring 10 y.o. house with Ethernet. Read this; picked a spot; drilling 1st hole through the floor: This illustrates exactly what I'm trying to do, so only flex-bit (no spade or auger) would work: ...
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How do I release a bit from a jammed keyless drill chuck?

I have a Bosch PSB 650 RE hammer drill, with a keyless chuck: The chuck mechanism involves a button on top which, when pressed, allows the chuck to be tightened or released, rather than just rotating ...
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Safe to mount curtain rod to support beam?

I'm hoping to mount two curtain rods to span a distance of about 14' so I can partition a portion of my finished basement and make it easier to heat. There is a single wooden support beam running the ...
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Can I widen the hole with a drill to straighten the handle?

I messed up the measurements of one of the IKEA kitchen handles. 32mm Vs 29mm to the edge, so 3mm off. Do you think I can drill to widen one hole left 1.5mm and the other hole right by 1.5mm and then ...
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How to drill into wood glue

I tried drilling wood glue because I want to fix the screw there but I couldn't do it. The drill was not drilling a hole in glue and the screw did not fix there. I just want to make a proper hole in ...
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Recommend attachment for a drill/driver for drywall screws

I know there exist special 'screw guns' which are used to install drywall sheets and ensure that the sheets won't be crushed when driving screws. Do there exist special attachments which are installed ...
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Black and decker drill won’t stop spinning

As soon as I plug my drill into the mains it starts spinning slowly but won’t stop completely which isn’t ideal when trying to use it, how can fix it?? Could it just be some dust has got into the ...
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Install door handles on opposite sides of a pocket door

I am new to DIY and bought some custom door handles; I'd like to install them on both sides of a pocket door, but I'm not sure how. I asked the manufacturer for an installation guide, but they haven't ...
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Drilling above laundry, hit something hard

I was drilling into my wall in my laundry closet (contains my washer, dryer, and water heater) to install shelf brackets above my dryer and washer. After using a stud finder, I drilled where I ...
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New Arbor is 'stuck' before first use

I just received my new Arbor in the post for Holesaw cutting. I gave the upper ring a few experimental turns and now it is completely jammed! I've tried holding it in a vice and twisting it in either ...
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Tool to help precision drill 4 holes in a wall?

I need to hang up a mirror and two hangers for cloth. All of them have 4 holes each, so I fear I can't mark and drill the holes exactly in the correct places... So I was wondering if there exist a ...
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Metal Running Horizontally Through Center of 2x4 Bracing?

I am trying to drill a wider hole through horizontal bracing in our wall in order to run some low voltage wire. Using a flexible installer bit, am able to get about 1/2 way through what I think is a ...
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Why does a Keyless chuck sometimes stick?

I noticed that Keyless chucks in cheap drills tend to become stuck often, but I've always wonder why does this happen. Is it due to overtightening the chuck? Are low quality drill bits a factor to ...
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Old drills randomly starts slow and rattling (if at all)

My grandfather gave me two old drills, as he does not use them anymore. The drills are the AEG 800W Powermatic RL (SB2E-801RL) and the SKIL 1473H2. They suffer from the same problem, although the AEG ...
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Why does my stud finder report an AC warning over the entire wall?

I've tired to find AC Power on my wall in my house that is a brick wall and the entire wall is showing as AC Live on the Stud/AC Finder and I also used the Volt Stick on the wall and its also glowing ...
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Are Porter Cable 20v and 20v Max batteries interchangeable?

I have this drill and batteries and am wondering if it would fit a PORTER-CABLE 20V MAX Random Orbital Sander.
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Is it normal for drill bits to slip in a keyless chuck when binding in metal?

I'm trying to drill some 5-10mm holes in 1-1.5mm thick steel. I'm using a DeWalt DCD777 18V cordless drill with Bosch HSS bits (which claim they're made for drilling into metal). Both the drill and ...
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How to choose drill bit for tapping a hole in metal - and what did I do wrong?

I need to drill a hole in metal for a 0-80 screw. So I bought a tap labeled 0-80. Then I looked at this chart: https://homerepairgeek.com/define/tap-drill-chart.html. I think it says to use a #50 ...
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What kind of wall material produces orange dust, and how should I work with it?

I live in a townhome that was constructed in 1890 in the US and remodeled sometime in the past 20 years. Most of the walls are drywall, but the walls that separate my home from the units on either ...
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Drilling precise holes in concrete without bit wandering

I need to mount some 4" house numbers on a concrete wall (drilling 3/16" holes for studs extending from the numbers). Normally when I drill into concrete, it's hard to get a hole in an exact ...

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