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How to Drill into Your Wall

Drilling into your wall while knowing where the studs are and not hitting any wires may seem daunting, but it's simple if you follow these steps.


  • 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!
  • FACT: In 2009, drywall imported from China that was used to build American homes was found to contain contaminants that can form corrosive sulfuric acid.

You Will Need

  • Drill bits
  • Pencil
  • Hammer
  • Countersink
  • Drill
  • Anchor
  • Hook or screw
  • Stud finder with a live wire detector (optional)
  • Heavy-duty tape (optional)

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