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How to drill into a wall

How to drill into a wall

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Even if you’ve owned your home for a while and are a bit of a cleaning maniac, you might not have had to drill any holes into your walls before. We’ve got a simple, easy to follow guide to show you how to drill a hole in a wall.

What you’ll need

There are only a few things you’ll need to drill a hole into a wall, and then you’re good to go. You’ll need:

  • Electric drill
  • Drill bits
  • Stud detector
  • Safety goggles and mask
  • Screws and wall plugs
  • Ladder (optional)

A step-by-step guide

  1. Measure out where you want to drill your hole using a pencil. Filling holes isn’t too hard, but getting the wall as smooth as before you drilled into it is challenging. Do your best to pinpoint exactly where you want to drill. Avoid drilling around electrical outlets. Use a stud detector if drilling into drywall.
  2. Choose the right drill bit. This is essential since concrete and wood drill bits act entirely differently.
  3. To prevent you from drilling a hole that is too deep, use a bit of tape on your drill bit to mark how far in you want to drill your hole.
  4. To protect yourself and work safely, it’s a good idea to wear safety goggles and a mask. Dust and other debris can come loose when drilling.
  5. Get your drill and place it over the marked point. Squeeze the drill trigger, and your drill will start rotating slowly. Speed up as much as you need to drill your hole.
  6. Stop drilling once you reach the marking on your drill bit.
  7. Slowly pull the drill bit out of the hole. Most modern drills have a setting that reverses the drilling direction to enable a smooth release.

That’s it! You’ve drilled a hole in the wall.

After this, you may have dust and debris on your clothes. Pop them into a wash, and make you don’t get the dust all over the house. 

Things to watch out for

One of the reasons people are hesitant to drill a hole in the wall is because it is hard to know what is behind your wall. Using a stud finder can help you avoid electrical cables, pipes and show you the location of metal and plastic in your wall.  To be on the safe side, turn off water and gas in your home before drilling.

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