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

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wall anchor didn't go all the way in - hit a white plastic?

Pretty new with everything about drilling stuff into the wall, so forgive me. I tried to use a recommended wall anchor (click the link for more info), and unfortunately, about halfway through, the ...
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Best way to drill square tubing (Without drill press)

When drilling all the way through square tubing, I often snap my drill bits. If it’s not possible to drill from the other side, is it better to drill a slightly bigger hole first followed by a smaller ...
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Mounting Screws in Stucco

Does anyone here have experience putting mounting screws into stucco? I want to mount a light plastic box to the exterior of my home to protect a coax junction. My house's exterior is stucco. The ...
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Trying to decide between these two types of masonry bits

I'm undecided if I need an SDS Max vs Plus for masonry drill bits. I've heard that drilling with SDS Plus can take a while with larger diameter bits. Anyone ever drill larger than 1" with an SDS Plus ...
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How to further disassemble cordless drill/driver chuck?

I've completely disassembled cordless drill/driver Black&Decker EGBL188 H1 10mm, except this chuck, as seen in the pictures. I've tried pulling out the plastic piece: I've put the chuck facing up ...
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Avoiding dust scattering when you drill

When I drill into concrete, stone or similar materials - a lot of dust gets scattered. I realize this might sound like a newbie/trivial question, but - how can I avoid this? Both dust getting on me, ...
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How to find a right screw for a hole

I want to hang some stuff on my wall so here it comes to the part where I need to get screws/anchors. Saying I have a hole in a piece that I would like to attach(a picture attached), how can I ...
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Hanging a shelf using 3 wall-mounting brackets: How to align the drill holes?

Each bracket has 3 holes (two at the top, one at the bottom) and I'd like to align them to give me a proper horizontal (w.r.t. gravity) alignment. What's a reliable way to tell me where to drill? I ...
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Drilling a vertical hole in fence post

I have an old fence with round metal post that are concreted in and in good condition but I want to replace them with timber posts. To avoid digging everything up I would like to cut the metal post ...
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Will a hammer drill also fix screws?

I’ve just purchased my first home and have many improvements to make but seem to have way too many useless tools cluttering the garage and as they are outdated I’m looking to replace them for a multi ...
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Screw doesn't grip

I have just purchased 3/16 x 2-3/4" philips head tapcons and the recommended 5/32" drill bit. I drilled the holes using hammer-drill with ease and plenty deep as recommended. Attempting to drive the ...
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SDS drill vs normal drill when drilling through external wall into joists behind

When drilling into the ceiling void from outside, does an SDS drill with SDS wood arbor bit make drilling through the thick joists easier? It certainly did make drilling the brick wall much easier ...
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Door bore hole too large for new door knob kits

I've bought replacement door knobs that look like they need a small 1" bore, and screw directly onto the wood. Unfortunately my door has the larger 2" bores and the door knobs screw into each other. ...
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Using Forstner bits instead of hole saws

I have been having problems using hole saws when removing the plug of material after use. Looking at What is the right way to clear the drilled plug out of a hole saw? it is still awkward and I have ...
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Hanging exercise equipment on cinderblock wall

I live in a townhouse and am separated from my neighbors by a cinderblock wall. In my garage it is pretty exposed. I would like to hang a kayak, punching bag and pull up bar off of the wall. Kayak ...
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Milwaukee M18 hammer drill: whining noise, doesn't break when releasing trigger and seems to run hot

The title pretty much sums it up. I've had it for about 4 years. Best tool I own by far. Heavily used, but I always try and take care of it. I few months ago I noticed that it doesn't seem to ...
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Is it possible to use a milling machine *bit* in a drill press?

Reverse of "Is it possible to use a drill press as a milling machine with the proper bit?". I'd think it would, but I imagine a CNC mill might be taking off less "material per unit time" than a drill ...
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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 ...