Whether you are working for a construction company, or you own one yourself, or you have Do-It-Yourself Projects, your collection of tools will never be complete without a drill and a set of concrete bits. If you are looking to find out what is important to know about concrete drill its, then you have come to the right place.
First of all, do you know what a concrete drill bit is?
…or a bit, for that matter? Well, plainly, it is the grooved steel attachment that is connected with a standard tool to bore holes into wood, stone, concrete, or any other type of masonry. Now that we have that covered, what are the applications of a bit? Well, the applications are endless. As the time and need arises, light installations, hanging up of shelves, and other Do – It – Yourself projects may come. What type drill bit do you need to buy? Well, there is a plethora of choices to pick from. I would suggest though that you purchase one with a carbide tip since it is fashioned to last longer than an ordinary wood bit. In fact, a concrete drill bit is otherwise known as a carbide tip bit.
The proper way of choosing which type of drill bit has to start with assessing the material that needs to be drilled. It all depends on the density of the material. There are so many types of drill bits out there; to name a few, wood bits, concrete or carbide tip bits, twist bits, screwdriver bits, spur point bits, bullet point bits, tile bits, countersink bits, flat wood bits, and many more. The goal here is to not damage the drill and the bit, and to have a completely clean bored hole. I would assume that most of the readers here are interested in Do – It – Yourself projects and that you all plan to do some house redecorating so I would recommend a concrete drill bit to do the job. Another wise decision is the combination of drill and bit. Since we have already assumed that this is for your DIY project at home, then it is fair to assume, again, that the material that will be drilled will either be stone or concrete. A good drill to pair with your carbide tip would be a hammer drill. This type of drill will pound on the concrete drill bit like a hammer as the drill turns.
Since we have gotten past through the hard intellectual part, that is choosing and purchasing the right drill bit type and the right drill, here comes the physically hard part; the actual drilling. Before that, if you plan on doing this Do – It – Yourself project of yours as a one – time deal then there are a lot of equipment for rent out there in the market. Purchasing one of your own and a set of bits is quite expensive and if you plan on using them just once in your life then I would suggest renting one, that way you can save on expenses.
Now comes the drilling itself…
“How to” or “DIY” tutorials are all over the internet but I will give you a brief overview of what to do as a first time driller. The first step was choosing the right bit, in this case we have chosen the concrete drill bit. The next one is choosing the right type. Points to consider that are important when purchasing or renting a drill are power, variable speed, hand grip, and last, but most important of all, will be a hammering function (remember we talked about a good hammer drill to go with yours). The next thing that would be wise to do, as with any other electronic gadget, would be to know your machine. You do not need to know all the bits and pieces but it would be smart to know all the knobs and buttons of your machine. The do’s and don’ts and all the things in between are important so that you would know how to operate and troubleshoot your device. The next step would be to start the hands on experience. Setting the depth is next on the list and a lot of drills have that outlined in their instruction manuals. But just to be on the safe side, measure the bit from its tip to the pre – planned depth that you have in mind. Depending on the width of your wall and the type of project you have planned, this will then dictate the depth of your hole. Next would be handling, the proper grip. I know that it is a power tool and with that comes a great feeling of manliness. But it is dangerous; and I should say, stupid; to hold a hammer drill with one hand. A drill will always consist of a two – handed grip, one for stability and control and the other is for the trigger mechanism. If the drill does not have two grips then just firmly place your other hand at the back of the drill where it can help by applying pressure on the drill.
Are you ready for the next step?
X marks the spot! Put a small “X” mark or a dot or something that would accurately mark the spot where you are going to drill. Then here comes the tricky part, the actual drilling. You need to bore a small hole that is deep enough to guide the concrete drill bit all the way through. To do this, you can adjust the variable speed on the drill itself or do short bursts by taking your hand off the trigger when it starts to spin really fast. In this way, you can control the speed and depth of the hole being drilled. The next step is probably the best step in this whole series, and that would be to DRILL! Since you have made a guide, just start drilling. Apply pressure to it, but not too much, to make sure that you have a good clean hole.
Concrete drill dits are the best companio to hammer drills when it comes to Do – It – Yourself projects. Have fun choosing and drilling!