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How to drill into Concrete

Concrete is a very dense material with a lot of aggregate and can be difficult to drill into, especially without the proper equipment. If you are going to be working on a project that involves drilling Concrete, we recommend the following tools and follow these steps to drill through Concrete successfully.

Step one) Have the proper tools and understand them.

An average drill will do just fine if you are drilling one or two simple holes. However, if you are taking on a larger-scale project, such as drilling into Concrete, you will want to use a more advanced drill. We recommend An SDS drill on the "hammer" setting and a good-quality Carbide tipped bit. Carbide tip bits have flutes along the shank to help draw out the residual cement dust and keep the bit from overheating. The hammer drill will require minimal pressure as the bit will do most of the work for you. If you feel that you need to "lean" into the tool, you could either have the wrong bit or the bit can be worn out. And remember always to wear eye protection when drilling into Concrete.

Step two) Mark the surface.

You will want to measure and mark the spot you want to drill into. You will also want to ensure that no infrastructure, such as water pipes, electrical wiring, or ductwork, could be damaged while drilling.

Step three) Drill a guide hole

Before officially starting your project, you will want to drill a guide hole. This hole should be drilled at the slowest speed of your drill and only needs to be 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep.

Step four) Start to drill

Once you start drilling the guide hole, it will be easier to control your drill. You should operate your drill with a steady, light, but firm touch, never forcing it. Once you feel more confident, you can increase the drill speed. Keeping a firm grip, you will drill the Concrete until the hole is complete.

Step Five) Final step

Once you have drilled the hole to the necessary depth, blow all of the Concrete dust out of the hole with compressed air and vacuum whatever has fallen to the ground.

Repeat these procedures for any other holes you may require.