Questions tagged [drill]

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

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Why can't I drive this Tapcon into concrete?

I'm trying to drive a 2 1/2" long 3/16" diameter Tapcon into a 50 year-old concrete slab/subfloor to attach a new toilet flange. The instructions on the case of Tapcons said to drill a hole ...
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How big a hole do I have to drill in concrete to embed rebar in it?

I have a concrete patio that I'd like to use as the foundation for a CMU wall. I'd like the CMUs to be tied into the patio slab with rebar. I get that the gist is to drill a hole in the slab, put ...
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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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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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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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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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Broken drill bit is stuck in DeWalt drill

I know this may be a common issue. I have searched the internet and so far i am not able to get this broken drill bit freed from my DeWalt drill . My idea is trying to hammer this bit down but it ...
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How to enlarge lock hole (small mailbox)?

Hi, Had to break my apartment mailbox lock open after the key broke. Been looking and no where seems to have a lock that small. How can I enlarge the current hole? I am far from a hands on guy, ...
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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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What hard material is behind the plaster on interior walls in my 1920s apartment?

I moved into an old (c. 1920s) rental apartment building in the northeastern US (Philadelphia) and would like to hang pictures and secure some furniture. I tried putting nails in several places ...
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Can't drill into exterior walls for screw anchors. Why not?

I'm trying to install an outdoor motion triggered light. I'm trying to drill holes for anchor inserts and I can drill through past about 1/2" in some places. Please see the picture. You'll see a ...
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hammer drill not making any progress

Aiming to put some bike hooks into a plaster on brick wall - We've acquired a hammer drill and have been practicing on a spare brick and a backyard cement wall but the drill is just barely / not ...
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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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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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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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Placement of a 5" hole in foundation

I have some concerns over where to place a 5" hole for a pellet stove chimney. The stove is in our basement, and I'd like to have the chimney exit through the exposed part of the foundation. I have ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Looking for drill bit tapered to match pencil sharpener

I saw this once years ago, but can't find it now. It's a drill bit that drills a conical hole whose taper matches the cone left by a pencil sharpener. The idea is that you can repair stripped screw ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Door sweep install, why can't I make a hole in my metal door?

I have a drafty door and attempted to install a door sweep like this. When I try to drill holes for the screws, nothing happens. I mean, I started with my power drill and a general purpose bit, but ...
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How can I fill a hole in wood so that it can be redrilled? [duplicate]

The original strike plate for the deadbolt is mounted with 2 screws on top and 2 screws on bottom. I'm replacing the whole deadbolt and the new strike plate only has 1 screw on top and 1 screw on ...
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Should I get a keyed chuck for cordless drill?

I am thinking of getting a Milwaukee M18 fuel drill/ driver combo. The drill is insane with 750in-lbf of torque. It comes with a hand tighten chuck though. My other Milwaukee corded screwdriver has ...
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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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Is it bad to leave batteries in my cordless tools?

I have a set of Dewalt cordless tools with both 18V NiCad and 20V LiIon batteries (I also have an adapter that lets me use the 20V batteries in the 18V tools). The tools are only a few years old, and ...
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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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Should I lubricate the motor in my power drill?

I have a power drill that looks like the picture below. I've had it for years, but recently I noticed that it squeaks when I use it (I only really hear the squeaking while it's winding down, when it's ...
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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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