In the ideal world you would want to use a hammer drill, but if you have a regular drill, then the only thing you can do is make sure to have the right drill bits attached to the chuck. The only thing that will get through concrete is a good quality masonry bit.
Accordingly, can you use a hammer drill for regular drilling?
A hammer drill can and usually should be used for drilling into a hard surface like brick or concrete, i.e., masonry. Some hammer drills do have a feature which allows the user to turn it back into a regular drill. In contrast, an impact driver is used mainly for driving in fasteners like screws and nails.
Installing Tapcon Screws into Brick
- Drill a hole into the brick or the mortar joint using a hammer drill with a carbide drill bit that meets ANSI standards and is the correct diameter of the tapcon being installed.
- Drill hole a minimum of 1/2” deeper into the brick or mortar joint than the tapcon screw will penetrate.
An insert of tungsten carbide is brazed into the steel to provide the cutting edges. Masonry bits typically are used with a hammer drill, which hammers the bit into the material being drilled as it rotates; the hammering breaks up the masonry at the drill bit tip, and the rotating flutes carry away the dust.
Make sure you drill into a mortar joint -- one of the white lines in between the brick. Do not drill directly into the brick! Not only would that be difficult, but you would risk cracking the brick. A masonry drill bit is designed for brick and concrete and is identifiable by a triangular-shaped tip.
The traditional way of fixing to masonry is to use screws, but you cannot screw directly into a brick wall, a block wall, or stone, so you need to drill a hole, and then provide a material that can be screwed into, but will also hold the screw firmly in place.
It is a type of anchor that, for example, allows screws to be fitted into masonry walls. There are many forms of wall plug, but the most common principle is to use a tapered tube of soft material, such as plastic. This is inserted loosely into a drilled hole, then a screw is tightened into the centre.
Screw Gauge, Metric, Size, Clearance Holes, Pilot Holes & Wall Plugs
|Gauge||Metric equiv.||Masonry plug size|
|3||2.5mm||Yellow (5mm hole)|
|4||3.0mm||Yellow (5mm hole)|
|6||3.5mm||Red (6mm hole)|
|8||4.0mm||Red (6mm hole) or Brown (7mm hole)|
|To Tap This Size Screw Or Bolt:||Use This Drill Bit:||(Closest Fractional:)|
Use a bit 1/64” smaller than the target hole size for softwoods. Use a bit exactly the same size as the hole when working on other materials. If you're not sure which to select, choose a drill bit 1/64” larger than the hole you wish to create. This will account for variables such a wood density and screw type.
Cobalt (HSCO) is considered an upgrade from HSS because it includes 5-8% Cobalt blended into the base material. This is a great option for drilling into harder steel as well as stainless steel grades. Carbide (Carb) is the hardest and most brittle of the drill bit materials.
First, drill a pilot hole through both boards. Pilot holes guarantee that your screw won't break off and your wood won't crack. For most hardwoods, the pilot hole should be at least as large as the screw's minor diameter. If the screw has deep threads, or the wood is very hard, the pilot hole should be another 1/64-in.
A pilot hole is either a small hole drilled into a material to guide a larger drill to the appropriate location and ease the job of the larger drill, to allow for the insertion of another hole making tool, such as a knockout punch, that will produce the final size hole, or, in wood or plastic, to locate, guide, and
Predrill holes for screws with countersink bits to avoid splitting the wood or snapping the screw. Wood screws are better than drywall screws for woodworking projects. Drywall screws are made of hardened, brittle steel, and the shaft will often snap during installation, especially if they're screwed into hardwoods.
Coarse drywall screws feature coarse threads to secure gypsum board to studs. Fine drywall screws feature smaller heads and are used to secure drywall to metal studs. Self-drilling and pan-head screws can be used with metal studs or frames. Trim-head screws are used to attach wood trim over gypsum boards.
It was a difference in screws. Read on. A countersink on a wood screw (right) is tapered at 80º-82º in the U.S. (90° in the U.K.), while the countersink on a typical drywall screw (left) is slightly concave or of a “bugle” design. After the head and recess is formed, screws are cut to length, then threads are added.
On framed cabinets, drill holes for 1 ¼-inch drywall screws in the recesses for the hinges to hide them. Drill and countersink two pilot holes through each of the mounting rails, centering the holes over the studs. (On some wall cabinets, the mounting rails are inside the cabinet.
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