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Drill tips for masonry or brick walls

07 Dec 2012

When you drill a hole into masonry or brick walls, you need to make sure you get it right the first time, or you will end up with holes that need to be filled in. Drilling a hole can be easy if you have the right tools and supplies.

What drill do I need?

You have to be careful when drilling holes in brick walls or masonry, as one mistake will make you have to fill in the hole and try again, which can be a messy affair.

Drilling into masonry or brick is easy if you have the right drill. The recommended drill is the   Bosch Compact 500V drill.    

It may be small in size but don't let appearances fool you, it's just as powerful as its big brother. Designed especially for women, the Bosch Compact drill is lightweight and easy to use.

With the right drill in hand, the next item you will need is a masonry bit.

Masonry drill bit

Make the job a whole lot easier by using the right drill bit. If you buy Alpen drill bits, drilling a hole into masonry, brick and concrete is like a hot knife cutting through butter.

Detect before you drill

If you don't yet own an   electronic detector   you need to invest in one. Even one hole drilled in the wrong place can cost a fortune to repair. The detectors locate metals and cables in the wall, so that you can drill safely.

Now that the tool side is sorted, you will need a few supplies before you can finish drilling the hole.

Nylon wall plugs

If you dont have an electronic detector, you should nvest in one, as these little gadgets locate metals and cables in the walls.

Whatever you are hanging on the wall will need to be secure. Nylon wall plugs, as opposed to plastic wall plugs, are tough and will safely secure anything you hang. The weight of the item you are hanging will depend on the size of the wall plug you need. The lighter the object, the smaller the wall plug and screws will be.


If you are using Fischer wall plugs, you will need to use the same diameter screw. For example, a wall plug of 6mm diameter requires a 6mm diameter screw. If you look at the Fischer packaging - and on the wall plug itself - it will tell you exactly what you need to know. Depending on the length of the wall plug, you will need a screw that is slightly longer.

Now you know exactly what you need to drill a hole into a masonry or brick wall to hang an item.

Let's drill a hole...

Make sure you take the correct measurements and mark the exact spot where you need to drill. The last thing you need are holes to fill up because you drilled them in the wrong place.

Pop on a pair of safety glasses and set the drill on "hammer' function.

Hold the drill level because if you hold it skew, the hole will be skew as well.

Drill the hole and blow away excess dust, and then stick the wall plugs in. And there you have it, the perfect spot for a picture.

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