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Drilling Tips

Sealing Holes in Walls

When redecorating, you may end up removing or shifting a painting or picture. This will leave a lot of ugly holes in your walls. You can fill up these holes with white cement. Just mix a little white cement with a portion of your leftover paint and use a paintbrush to fill up the section. This also saves you the trouble of repainting later.

Putting Up Picture Frames

You may want to spruce up your home with a few pictures or paintings, or maybe even put up a shelf. Always be careful not to drill into an electrical connection - i.e.: the area above or behind switch boards. When drilling in kitchens and bathrooms, be sure not to drill in the areas around water outlets.

Use a pencil to mark out the point where you want to drill. If you are mounting a stand, then use a ruler to make sure both points are in line.

Next fix a concrete drill bit onto the machine. The drill bit you use should be the same size as the screw to be fixed in. For a normal painting or picture, a size 5 or 6 drill bit should do.

Next, place the tip of the drill bit on the marked point and turn on the machine. Keep your hand steady and be sure to start off slow else the drill machine will slip from your hand.

Once you have created a small groove, gradually increase the speed of the drill. Continue to drill to a depth that is just about right for the length of the screw used. Remember to use a longer screw to support heavy objects.

After this, place a raul plug inside the hole, so the screw stays in place. You get wooden and plastic raul plugs use the plastic ones. They are more reliable.

Place the screw in the hole and use a screwdriver to fix it firmly. Depending on the type of screw head, use either a flat or a crosshead screwdriver.

Concrete Drill Bit

You can tell a concrete drill bit by its t-shaped edge. It is used when drilling into walls. If you are drilling into wood or tiles, use a regular drill bit.

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