Questions tagged [drill]

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

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What is purpose of the slot at the base of my drill's handle?

The photo below shows a drill I own; there is a slot at the base of the handle. Is this simply to hang things from, or does it serve another purpose? Drill is a DeWalt model DWD210G.
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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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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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Why can't I drill into studs more than 1 & 1/2 inches?

I am trying to mount a TV onto an "exterior" wall. I used the quotes because I guess technically it may not be exterior (I live in a townhouse with dividing walls between the houses). Anyway, I've ...
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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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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 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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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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SDS hammer drill torque vs impact drill?

I am looking for a new drill and need some advice on how much torque i need. I've read alot of stuff on the internet and is a bit confused. I got 2 in mind. A Makita HP 2071 and a Metabo UHEV 2860 ...
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why is there a 13 mm limit on hand drilling?

Why are hand drilling tools (corder, cordless, pneumatic etc) limited to 13 mm (1/2 inch) in metal, but not in concrete or wood?
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Vintage Bosch impact drill suddenly lost motor function

I was drilling a hole in the wall with my 1984 vintage Bosch CSB 470-RLE impact drill, when it suddenly gave out. I figured the stone was too hard, increased the power on the potmeter and it worked ...
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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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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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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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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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I want to mount an alarm motion sensor in the corner of a room - what do I need to know?

I have an alarm system that I'm going to fit myself, the motion sensors will be mounted in the corner of the rooms - presumably as the screws are relatively short (maybe a 1 to 1.5 inch long) this is ...
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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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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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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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Wall-mounted Ethernet switch, how to install?

I have a wall-mounted Ethernet switch that is supposed to be mounted partially inside a wall or panel. There is a mounting bracket included that would fit a standard 60mm can, however the switch does ...
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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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Can you convert a metric hole into sae tap?

I tapped an m11 x 1.5 hole in my car frame to mount the hitch... now can {can't} find a matching bolt and i cant go much bigger Ive read that 7/16 is pretty close just wondering possibilities Can you ...
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How to avoid drilling into the drain?

I want to drill a tiny hole from the bathroom into the next room. This wall has a sink and shower attached. On the other wall of the bathroom is a toilet and bath tub. Above the bathroom is another ...
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How could a power drill trigger switch be damaged when used continuously in variable speed range?

I just acquired a DeWalt DCD790 cordless brushless drill/driver, and going through the manual, on page 10 under Speed Trigger Switch, I find the following: NOTE: Continuous use in variable speed ...
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Why is my Bosch drill working intermittently?

My cordless Bosch drill/driver will only work the first time the switch is pressed after attaching the battery. As soon as I release the pressure, it won’t work again until I remove the battery and ...
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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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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 ...