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    Any drilling tips?

    I'm going to do an epic drilling job in a few minutes, with practically zero experience. I know the basics of it (dig hole into wall first, hold drill firmly and push into hole until required depth is reached, avoid dropping drill on foot), but I was wondering if anyone had any pointers I should take note of before starting. It's a new 8mm drillbit attachment (tyvm Woolworths) going into a brick wall, if that makes any difference.

    Cheers

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    Hmmm.. I always mark the depth of how far I need to drill by marking the bit with a piece of electrical tape (measured against the rawl plug)

    Don't razz the drill; I always feather the trigger on the way in and keep it depressed on the way out.

    If you're unsure you have the correct size bit, go one smaller then try the rawl plug in the wall.

    Yes this is what you do, I assume you have a masonary drill and you are using it with a hammer drill? If so Look at the area that you are going to drill and avoid drilling above power points and light switches then start slowly and keep removing the drill bit to pull out the debris as this is what burns the drill bit out. A good tip is to put a bit of tape round the bit as to the depth of the hole required. Good luck and if you want any more advice PM me and i am sure i can help:)

    Make sure you dont hit any electrical cables....consequences can be electrifying :w00t:

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    StevenA2000_uk;3968811

    Make sure you dont hit any electrical cables....consequences can be … Make sure you dont hit any electrical cables....consequences can be electrifying :w00t:


    no go for the electrical cables or gas main or water pipes, then we can have a thread all about " what do I do I have just drilled through the gas pipe and blown myself up " :w00t:

    Get your self a small plastic bag, put a piece of sellotape/masking tape along the top edge.(only one edge)
    place below where you want to drill, all the dust goes in the bag not on the floor.
    HTH :thumbsup:

    I keep the drill at shoulder level......so if up high stand on a fixed stool/ladder

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    ensure the drill is plugged in to the mains.. or that if its cordless that you have enough power for the job in hand

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    Coat the "drill spike" - that's the sharp bit at the end that spins round - in butter, this wil help it slide in the wall easier.

    Always wear a hat. Wall shrapnel can leave the wall-brick at over 800MPH and will singe your perm quite badly.

    Lock all children/pets in a cupboard.

    Ensure that the drill is pugged in to what we call a "socket." This will mean that when you press the "whizzy trigger" that the "drill spike" spins at full speed. If it's a rechargeable drill with no cable-wire, make sure you charge it for at least 7 days before using.

    Never try to drill trhough glass.

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    make sure you have the correct drill for the correct job, so no trying to drill through metal with a wood drill.

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    make sure you have you hair in a net so that you dont get your mullet wrapped around the wizzy bit thing at the end.. painfulll

    dog_cop;3968942

    make sure you have the correct drill for the correct job, so no trying to … make sure you have the correct drill for the correct job, so no trying to drill through metal with a wood drill.



    For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the same.

    tape an open envelope underneath to catch the dust, or pay a child to stand next to you with the hoover running.



    oooh, not applicable here but when you need to drill into tiles, put some masking tape and mark with an x where you need to drill, the bit wont slide all over then..

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    thesaint;3968987

    For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the … For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the same.


    odd that as I looked at the wood drills and the metal drills and there is a real spike on the end of the wood drills and not on the metal drills , or are black and decker selling me some duff stuff:x

    thesaint;3968987

    For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the … For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the same.


    HSS drills will do wood but not as well:)

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    mikebike;3969039

    HSS drills will do wood but not as well:)


    http://www.jamestowndistributors.com/userportal/woeimages/00005701.jpg see this is what I mean the spikey bit on the end which its say on the box is a wood drill :?

    http://www.tool-up.co.uk/img/fs/22633.jpgand none on the metal drill ...mmm odd

    dog_cop;3968942

    make sure you have the correct drill for the correct job, so no trying to … make sure you have the correct drill for the correct job, so no trying to drill through metal with a wood drill.



    thesaint;3968987

    For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the … For those that don't know, wood drills and metal drills are one and the same.



    I'd like to see you try drilling through metal with this! :lol:

    http://blog.simslearningconnections.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/old-hand-drill-small.jpg

    dog_cop;3969050

    see this is what I mean the spikey bit on the end which its say on the … see this is what I mean the spikey bit on the end which its say on the box is a wood drilland none on the metal drill ...mmm odd



    they are drill Bits........this is a drill

    http://i331.photobucket.com/albums/l473/unclemilt62/For%20Sale/Colemanincase.jpg

    I believe Sainty was being pedantic ;-)

    Always step off on the left foot, and listen VERY carefully to the drill instructor's words of command. (By the right, QUICK MARCH!)

    dog_cop;3968908

    ensure the drill is plugged in to the mains.. or that if its cordless … ensure the drill is plugged in to the mains.. or that if its cordless that you have enough power for the job in hand



    a rule I always adhere to

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    bitseylango;3969215

    they are drill Bits........this is a drill :)I believe Sainty was being … they are drill Bits........this is a drill :)I believe Sainty was being pedantic ;-)




    ooooh get you , you only know what it is as your OM told you what it is , you thought it was some new fangled food mixer :w00t:

    Tungsten carbide - that's a drill tip.

    dog_cop;3969240

    ooooh get you , you only know as your OM told you what it is , you … ooooh get you , you only know as your OM told you what it is , you thought it was some new fangled food mixer :w00t:



    im the only one in this house who knows how to use one of them, I have a cordless and a hammerdrill all of my very own and no.....they arnt pink :roll:
    Need any shelves putting up or light fittings changing?

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    bitseylango;3969266

    im the only one in this house who knows how to use one of them, I have a … im the only one in this house who knows how to use one of them, I have a cordless and a hammerdrill all of my very own and no.....they arnt pink :roll:Need any shelves putting up or light fittings changing?


    and it has those special industrial attachment for those "JOBS" in and around the bedroom :whistling:

    Original Poster

    Superb stuff. Thanks very much, everyone. You're all great. Rep'd all round.

    Now, wish me luck. :thumbsup:

    dog_cop;3969275

    and it has those special industrial attachment for those "JOBS" in and … and it has those special industrial attachment for those "JOBS" in and around the bedroom :whistling:



    you know me so well :oops:

    dxx;3969279

    Superb stuff. Thanks very much, everyone. You're all great. Rep'd all … Superb stuff. Thanks very much, everyone. You're all great. Rep'd all round. Now, wish me luck. :thumbsup:



    I see everybody is jumping in here to wish you good luck...lol....:lol:

    Good Luck! :-D

    dog_cop;3969021

    odd that as I looked at the wood drills and the metal drills and there is … odd that as I looked at the wood drills and the metal drills and there is a real spike on the end of the wood drills and not on the metal drills , or are black and decker selling me some duff stuff:x



    Sorry was in a rush (school run), most people have the regular "black" drill bits that are for wood and metal(Not that many people have cause to drill through metal). Specialist drill bits may only be good for one material.

    There are even masonry bits that you shouldn't use on a hammer setting.

    If that's your photo in your avatar, dxx, I am sure many, many fellas would willingly perform any drilling you need . . . :whistling:

    Otherwise, good luck! It's been said before, but very important - make quite sure there are no hidden power cables, gas pipes etc under the surface.
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