Drilling Into Lintel

lnewey6

Active Member
hello i hope someone can guide me in the right direction,i live in a 1940 ex council house and need to put up my projector.The problem is i cant put it on the ceiling,it needs to go on the wall and there is the lintel i have got through 3 drill bits how the hell do you drill through that:(
 

norfbech

Active Member
Just get a decent (Black & Decker are fine) Masonry drill bit to the size you want...stick it on hammer function rather than drill function (if your drill has this option), hold firm and dive in. Start slow until lined up and your bit has entered the lintel at a straight angle then go for it!
I've just drilled 6 into a conctete lintel using the same drill but (14mm for M8 anchor bolts).
 

Kitch

Active Member
Mylo is correct, if you are really having a problem getting through it you will need an SDS hammer drill with a SDS masonary bit.:thumbsup:
 

pyrotenax

Active Member
Also known as a rotary percussion drill :)
 

KelvinS1965

Distinguished Member
Some may frown on this, but I use an SDS bit in my ordinary drill (the type with a chuck that you tighten with your bare hands). Just takes a couple of attempts to get it central in the chuck. I use a 6mm SDS to start the hole then after that I open it up using standard masonery bits upto say 10mm. I have to wall mount equipment as part of my job and some places have walls made of rock( or so it seems) and I can only use my cordless drill (a De Walt one) but it copes fine. TBH when I'm drilling holes at home I tend to use my works cordless one in preference to my DIY Black & Decker mains powered one....
 

gunnerboy

Active Member
Some may frown on this, but I use an SDS bit in my ordinary drill (the type with a chuck that you tighten with your bare hands). Just takes a couple of attempts to get it central in the chuck. I use a 6mm SDS to start the hole then after that I open it up using standard masonery bits upto say 10mm. I have to wall mount equipment as part of my job and some places have walls made of rock( or so it seems) and I can only use my cordless drill (a De Walt one) but it copes fine. TBH when I'm drilling holes at home I tend to use my works cordless one in preference to my DIY Black & Decker mains powered one....

You work for De Walt ?
 

KelvinS1965

Distinguished Member
You work for De Walt ?

No.:rotfl: My work just paid for the DeWalt drill as part of my toolbox. I guess I do sound like an advert...I get like that when I'm impressed with something....see my posts on things I've bought from CPC for example.:D
 

norfbech

Active Member
Ooh heck...I thought I was doing it the professional way (please listen to experts rather than me).
TBH - I've never heard of a SDS drill :confused: ...but it makes sense drilling a starter hole with a thinner bit.
But Inewy...if you can't get hold of a SDS drill/drill bit try a series of masonry drill bits using the method kelvin described. My 6 holes went into what sounds like the same kind of lintel no problem. Make sure you've marked the holes level!!
 

norfbech

Active Member
No.:rotfl: My work just paid for the DeWalt drill as part of my toolbox. I guess I do sound like an advert...I get like that when I'm impressed with something....see my posts on things I've bought from CPC for example.:D

I'm looking for a new drill as it happens...De Walt you say...? Anything to make the drilling process easier is fine in my books....hmm...ebay...
 

Mivan

Standard Member
I use dewalt tools all the time. In fact most of my powertools are dewalt.

I even dropped my 18v dewalt battery drill in a drum of water... still works !!!!

SDS drill makes life a lot easier especially if your burning drills bits out. Even a cheap B&Q one will do the job ok.
 

flying haggis

Active Member
hello i hope someone can guide me in the right direction,i live in a 1940 ex council house and need to put up my projector.The problem is i cant put it on the ceiling,it needs to go on the wall and there is the lintel i have got through 3 drill bits how the hell do you drill through that:(

we are all assuming that it is a concrete lintel that he is trying to drill into, it may be a steel rsj!!!!
 

MarkP80

Active Member
Originally Posted by ZippyCat
IMO you can’t go wrong with any DeWalt tool or accessory.

- Maybe not, but you pay a lot for the privelege. IMHO, for the heavy-use DIYer you can't go far wrong with Ryobi for quality and value.

If you are looking to be doing drilling into masonry, then look for 18v hammer drills. These are pretty heavy, but the weight becomes useful if you are assembling timber frames with long screws.

I've never had any problem going into concrete with an 18v hammer drill, and haven't found it necessary to go SDS for the sizes needed for fixings. The key is having a good quality drill bit. Buy a cheaper one and it will soon fail, but a good one will last for many holes.

Cheers,
MarkP
 

gazzerdaman

Active Member
Stick with Bosch Pro stuff myself, Dewalt stuff is only black and decker in yellow clothes anyway. Good quality tools, but bit pricey IMO
 

Starkiller

Active Member
we are all assuming that it is a concrete lintel that he is trying to drill into, it may be a steel rsj!!!!

This is a good point, some lintals have steel reinforcement.

I was unlucky enough to find one putting a curtain rail up.
end up switching to HSS drill bit, then swaping back to the masonry bit, pain in the @$$. took ages.:suicide:
 

valve90210

Standard Member
I had this problem putting curtain rails up in my flat. Realised that my cordless was never gonna be up to the task so borrowed my Dad's Black and Decker main powered drill. It's never failed to go into anything. But it was having none of it cos it hit the steel.

In the end had to borrow my girlfriends Dad's mega manly drill, it's his works drill, apparently was about £500 worth of drill and bit, and it went into the wall like it was drilling into soft wood was amazed!!!

Valve
 

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