Questions tagged [drill]

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

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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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Need Help finding a drill bit size

I am building a ikea dresser and one of the pieces of wood has the hole drilled in the wrong location. I was going to drill in some new holes but I don't know what size the drill bit should be. the ...
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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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Drilling into wall opposite an ADT control panel — voltage detector going crazy, is this a no-go?

First, I’m very inexperienced. I’m trying to hang a mirror on a wall, but the opposite side of the wall has a newer “smart home” ADT control panel. I figured there’d be some wiring to avoid, but my ...
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Power drill caused lights to flicker

I was cleaning my bathroom due to limestone being everywhere with a corded power drill (with a brush-like drill bit) and suddenly the lights began flickering when I was powering it on. I began to feel ...
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Will this screwdriver set fit into my corded Bosch GSB 450?

I've this drill. My aim is to drive screws using this driver (not really worried about the drill bits, those are just bonus) I've seen numerous videos on YouTube but all use the holder end (screenshot ...
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How do I use a hole cutter drill bit (ø 6.3cm) such that I get an intact wood disk?

I want to cut wooden disks from a wood board. I bought what I thought was the right bit for my drill. However, the bit seems to be solely for the hole, not for the disk, as it comes with a centering ...
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What kind of bathroom tile is this, and what kind of drill bit does it require?

I believe ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most common, but this looks like it might be some kind of polished stone. Will a carbide bit work on this tile, or does it require a diamond-tipped bit?
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How can I attach a draft seal/excluder to a garage door

I believe my question is "how do I drill a steel plate so I can screw something to it" As per a few of my other posts, I'm trying to reduce the gap between my garage door and floor. The ...
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Best tool and approach to cut new hole for airbrick in Victorian stone house wall?

It has been recommended by a building surveyor that will install another airbrick in the external wall of our Victorian house to help with airflow in the sub floor. I have seen multiple examples ...
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Can I safely drill a four inch hole in a brick load bearing wall?

I need to drill a four inch hole in a brick load bearing external wall for a kitchen fan. Is there much risk of affecting the structural integrity of the building? It is a two storey building and the ...
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What type of drill bit should I use for pilot holes?

What type of drill bit should I use for creating pilot holes? Should I use a brad point bit for creating pilot holes or a different type of bit? Does it matter what drill bit I should use or is ...
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How can I drill holes less than 1" from a wall?

I need to drill pilot holes through 1x1 and into a stud, with the 1x1 flush with the wall. I figure the hole has to be no more than 5/8" from the wall. My drill is too wide to drill a ...
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What drill bit for what screw tap?

If I want to drill a hole for use with an M3 (or other metric size) do I need a special lookup table or do I simply use an M3 bit with an M3 tap?
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What screws to use to hang bathroom mirror cabinet?

I have bought a bathroom mirror cabinet which has a mirror on the front door. The door has hinges on its left. There are 4 screw holes on the back near the corners. The box did not come with any ...
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How to avoid drilling wires when boxing in

(UK) We have an ugly fuse box and electricity meter in our hall we want to box in. It's on the wall as you enter, the wall that separates mine and my neighbour's terraced houses. They're 1950 ex ...
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Is it okay not to use a hammer drill with tapcon screws?

I got some tapcon screws to hang a floating shelf in brick. However, reading the directions, I see it says to use a hammer drill for the pilot hole. I don't have one. Is it going to work fine with a ...
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Can I move a light switch from a 3 gang box to a second 3 gang box above it?

new to the forum so sorry if this is a little confusing. I just moved into a newly constructed home. At the front of the house, there are two 3-gang boxes an inch on top of one another. They are all ...
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How to identify the wall type and studs for drilling

I need to anchor an Ikea bookcase and a drawer to the wall, but despite days of Internet research I am not able to identify where I can drill a hole in my wall. I have tried knocking on the wall to ...
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How to fix drill hole in metal desk

I ordered this desk here but one of the sides' holes in one of the legs won't allow any of the screws to screw in. What are my options? It's definitely the screw the directions are saying to use but I ...
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What to do if the wall has too many repairs?

Joint compound fixes the look of the wall, but it is not hard enough to hold another hole, correct? Underneath the compound the support is gone (concrete, wood, etc.) If a wall already had too many ...
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By manually impacting and cooling drill bit in water may one slowly drill concrete and bricks without impact function?

In theory, drilling a hole through concrete, bricks, and ceramic tiles needs a large power impact drill with concrete or ceramic tile bit. I googled, impact prevents drill bits head from wearing out ...
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Safely drilling into a stone fireplace?

I have a stone fireplace in a cabin that I'd like to mount a television screen on. While I’d love to pay someone a reasonable fee to do so, the cabin is in a location where contractors are few and far ...
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Re-drilling into existing hole in plasterboard/breeze block

I live in the UK. I drilled a hole to hang a mirror and it’s slightly off, I’d like to shift it over to a new location, the new location will be half over the old hole. So I’d like to fill the ...
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What type of drill should I get? [closed]

I am moving into my house in a few weeks, and I want to get a general purpose drill for use around the house. I learned that there are different types of drills: power drill, hammer drill, and impact ...
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Drilled too deep into a thin wall, how can I fix that?

I'm very new to this & totally didn't take into consideration how thin the wall was. Now I have a hole running from one side to the other. How can I fix this from the other side? I was mounting an ...
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Drilling into foundation form ties

I am in the midst of waterproofing the interior side of my basement. I have many leftover form ties that I've cut off flush with the concrete. The ties originally looked like this: My waterproofing ...
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Does this look like to much grease built up on the gears in this drill casing?

So I’m mixing cement with my dads Stanley drill (Stanley Industrial 91722 1/2 ALL PURPOSE DRILL MODEL.01 RPM 425 AMPS 4.3 VOLTS 115AC) and have done small batches until today. It seems like I burned ...
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what kind of drill bits are these? Trying to drill through flat side of a fence T-Post

I'm trying to drill through 1/4" hard steel. the thicker bit went through relatively easily one time, but on the second go just spins. the thinner bit did not go far .. i think both need to be ...

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