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How To Drill Into Your Wall

Watch more Home Repair & DIY videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn to drill into your wall without causing damage to wires and missing studs -- use this guide. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Select a drill bit Select the right drill bit for the job. If you're drilling into sheetrock or plasterboard, you can use a drywall bit; use a masonry bit for brick, block, stone, quarry tiles, or concrete; use a spur point bit to drill through wood; and use a tile bit for ceramic tile or glass. Step 2: Be careful of electric wires Avoid drilling above or below light switches or electrical outlets. If you have a light switch or outlet on the second floor, don't drill below it on the first floor -- the wiring likely goes down and through the first floor. Tip You can use a stud finder with a live wire detector as a secondary measure. Step 3: Watch out for plumbing Be careful drilling into a bathroom wall -- or into any walls that are shared with a bathroom. You risk hitting and damaging your pipes; this also applies to areas around radiators. Step 4: Mark your spot Use a pencil to mark the place on your wall where you want to drill and, using a hammer and countersink, make an indentation where the hole will be. Tip If you're drilling into ceramic or glass, make an X with heavy-duty tape over the surface before you drill. This will prevent cracks and chips. Step 5: Insert the drill bit Place the tip of your drill bit into the indentation and gently squeeze the drill's trigger, making sure to keep the bit straight. Step 6: Increase drill speed, finish hole Slowly increase the bit speed as you apply pressure. When you've achieved your desired depth, slow the bit down, but don't stop it. Keep pressing the trigger and slowly pull the bit from the hole. Step 7: Insert anchor Insert an anchor into the hole if you need to, and then screw in your hook or screw. You are now ready to hang decorations on your walls! Did You Know? In 2009, drywall imported from China that was used to build American homes was found to contain contaminants that can form corrosive sulfuric acid.
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