Drill baby drill. Or give up, hire a contractor. Whatever.
September 22, 2012 4:33 PM Subscribe
Can you take a guess why I'm having trouble drilling? Surprisingly long!
posted by A Terrible Llama to home & garden (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been doing, not hugely successfully, a lot of drilling lately. Maybe my drilling always had a 50% success rate, and I just never noticed because in total I wasn't doing much of it, but now I am and I'm seeing my failure rate.
I have a Ryobi something, a Dewalt something, and some old little Black and Decker thing. Mainly I use the Ryobi. I use it on full charges.
Typically, I can drill a little and then hit a point where I can't go further. A typical thing is trying to hang braces for shelves. Whether I drill for a pilot hole or use the screwdriver bit to drive a Phillips head screw into the wall, it will go for a bit (let's say an inch) and then slip and start stripping the screw and I'm left with half of it hanging out and a thhhpt thhhpt thhhpt sound as it strips the screw.
I use a magnet-based stud finder, which seems to work pretty great. I don't think I'm drilling into nails behind the wall (over and over?)
I'm not doing anything weird, I swear. I'm not trying to stick a thumbtack into a brick. The house was built in 87 and I think it's pretty much just normal, all-purpose, vanilla walls. The screws do tend to be longish (1.5" to 2") and sold as 'wood screws' but I've used a lot of different types in desperate attempts.
I have a variety of screw drill bits, a bunch of #2s that I just bought new in hopes of fixing this problem, a #3, both the snubby indentations and the sharpish indentations and yet here I am. I have played around with speeds and torque which I don't fully understand. Which, uh, might be a clue.
I do pilot holes. Last week, I was trying to drill some pilot holes and kept getting the bit stuck when I reversed. I had to ease it out with pliers.
I am a woman, but I am not Tyrannosaurus Rex--I don't think strength is the issue. My hands are kind of small but overall, lack of strength isn't something I'm struggling with in other areas of my life.
What the hell is wrong with my drill habits? Can you help me up my game and develop a better understanding of how this works?