Choose the Right Drilling Tool for the Right Project

If you are not skilled at drilling holes, it can bring your project to a screeching halt if you don’t have the right tools or “know how.” Let Friedman’s Home Improvement help you explore how to drill different types of holes in different materials.

  1. Get a standard drill bit set and determine which size bit you will need to drill your hole.
  2. Create a pilot hole with a pilot drill bit. This is a simple and standard hole.
  3. Use a drill bit that’s a slightly smaller circumference than the screw you’ll be using.
  4. Spade bits are labeled by the size of the hole they make.
  5. Speed bore bits are similar to spade bits but have an auger to help remove debris.
  6. For drilling precise holes with flat bottoms, use a Forstner bit, which is great for countersunk cabinet hinges or concealing the hole with a plug.
  7. For drilling larger holes in wood, use a hole saw.
  8. For drilling through brick or cement, use a masonry bit. Be patient as the drill cuts through the material, or you may damage the bit.
  9. Use a tile bit for drilling through tile.

Come on in to Friedman’s Home Improvement for the right drilling tool for the right project.  If you’re not sure what drill bits are necessary for your specific project, or if you have questions about what drilling tools you should include in your tool kit, ask any of our knowledgeable staff of XpertAdvisors™, trained in all areas of home improvement throughout the store. Visit us any time either at Friedman’s Home Improvement online, or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.


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