Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated July 21, 2021)
Next time you are asked to drill a hole or need to for a personal project, you may wonder how to drill the hole to a desired depth. Before beginning your project there are a variety of tools you may need. Necessary tools for drilling include: drilling bits, a measuring tape or ruler, a pencil or was marking tool, a center punch, a rubber band, goggles and a clamp. All these items can be found at your local hardware store and grocery store.
Before beginning your big project, make sure that you are drilling in the proper place. Be confident about the placement of frames and the like prior to beginning your project. If you are hanging an item, check to make sure that you are not near electrical wiring or a cement wall. Knock on the wall you wish to drill into and listen for a slightly hollow sound. If you are concerned about hitting electrical wires you may speak to a contractor or a home improvement guru.
Drilling a hole to a desired depth is dependent on the length of your drill bit. When selecting the drill bit you intend to use for your particular project, keep in mind its length. The length of your drill bit will be the size, or depth, of your drilled hole. With a wax writing utensil or a pencil, mark the spot you intend to drill your hole. Using a center punch or nail, lightly tap an indent in the middle of your mark with a hammer. Having an indent will help you to secure the drill bit in the right place when you begin drilling.
When drilling a hole into small items use a clamp to properly secure or fasten the item you are drilling or hanging in front of your marked area. By using a clamp, you reduce your risk of injury. If you do not use a clamp, you run the risk of the item falling during installation. You may now begin drilling. If you are drilling for the first time, or feel nervous about your project, you may want to use a smaller drill bit to make an initial hole. Small drilling bits are easier to use and handle and can help you drill to the right depth. If you start with a large drill bit you may be frustrated when you find that you do not want your hole that deep. If you wish to continue drilling the hole deeper, select the next size drill bit until you reach your desired depth. By applying a light pressure, you reduce your risk of losing control of the drill and drilling too deeply.
Another great method for drilling a hole to the desired depth is to use a rubber band. Place a rubber band on the drill bit to mark the depth of the hole you wish to make. Advance the bit slowly as you drill, and stop drilling when the rubber band has reached the surface. Be sure that you use both hands, one to steady the drill and regulate the speed of advancement, and the other to keep the drill working.
When you are done, admire your final project!
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