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Attention, homeowners: Don't pay another repairman until you check out this video series on simple repairs you can make yourself.
You Will Need
- Drill bits
- Hook or screw
- Stud finder with a live wire detector (optional)
- Heavy-duty tape (optional)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!