DIY: How does a drill depth ruler work?

WeegyAVLover

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Hey All...

I have had a few drills over the years & all of them have come with what I think is called a depth ruler (or maybe gauge).

They usually have a slot on the drill that they fit into.

However I am not sure how they work?

Do you use the by drilling a hole & then manually putting it in the hole to check the depth?

Or is there away of using them while drilling the hole?

I tend to just measure the depth I need on the drill bit & then wrap some electrical tape round that point.

Apologies if this is a dumb question?
 

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I think they're meant more as a "stop", If you want to drill to a depth of 2" you adjust the guide to 2" shorter than the drill bit so that it contacts the wall, timber etc when you've reached that depth.
 

Wahreo

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Measure how deep you want the bit to go and whack some insulation tape around the drill bit itself.

I've had dozens of drills that come with a drill mounted depth stop and they go straight in the bin.
 
I also wrap coloured electrical tape (or even masking tape) around the drill bit to use as an eye-line for depth limiting purposes. I've never bothered either with rulers or the depth guide which usually comes with the drill.
 

aVdub

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I also use a bit of tape, or chalk if I've got some.
 

WeegyAVLover

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I use the tape approach as well but always wondered if they were easy to use and I was just missing something. I have to say none of the descriptions I have seen on here have made me think they are better than the tape approach.

Thanks for the responses
 

Mr Incredible

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I use the depth gauge and find it easy to use and get right. I just hold the drill bit to the wall and then "insert" the rawlplug between the wall and the bar-stop on the gauge and adjust the length accordingly. Simples.
 

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I use the depth gauge and find it easy to use and get right. I just hold the drill bit to the wall and then "insert" the rawlplug between the wall and the bar-stop on the gauge and adjust the length accordingly. Simples.

I find them easy to use as well, especially if there's repetition :)
 

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