How to Drill into Concrete Wall at Home – Step by Step Guide

Those paintings and shelves wouldn’t put themselves up there; someone would have to do it, you have probably gotten a drill to suit your DIY projects needs.  

If your home project is to bore a hole in your concrete wall, maybe to put some decorations up on your wall, one thing you would have to know is that concrete walls are harder and tougher than other brick or cement wall, so one question you would be asking is; 

How do you drill into concrete walls in your home?

Knowing how to drill is a handy and valuable skill, all you need is the right technique, and you would save yourself of the time and money you would spend on trying to getting someone else to do the job.

We would give some step by step guides that would give you enough detail on how you can easily get over this job quicker than you can imagine.

How to drill into a concrete wall at home

Make a plan

Before you begin the drilling process, there are some things you should consider, and the first one is the size of the hole you are planning to drill. Most holes you are trying to create may be to hold a bolt or probably something else on the wall, so you have to ensure that the hole matches the item you intend to put through it.

To make sure you have an accurate hole, you must measure the length and width of the item you are putting through it, the result of your measurement is what would determine the size and also the length of the drill bit you would use.

You should know that if the hole is smaller than the item you are trying to fit through it, you would have a problem. For accuracy, you should plan for the width of the hole you are drilling to have a slightly larger size than the item, and also you should use a smaller bit to initiate the drilling process.

Select your tool

Since you are drilling through a concrete wall, you have to know that the kind of drill you are using should be able to match the density. We recommend you use a drill with high power to make sure you get a perfect result, if yours is not strong enough then it is better you rent one.

According to the plans you have made above, you should already know the length size of the bit to use, so you can now attach it to your power drill. If you don’t have one.

Mark the drilling spot

Before pushing your drill into the wall, you have to observe some safety precautions like checking to make sure you are not drilling through electrical wires, plumbing pipes or important structures behind the concrete surface to avoid dangerous occurrences or damages.

When you are sure that your surface is safe, you can mark it using a pencil; you should also make sure that the depth of the hole is considered.

If your drill features a stop bar, you can use it to set the exact depth you want to go, and if your drill lacks a stop bar, you can wrap tapes around the drill bit so you can know when to stop.

Saftey first

While you are working on a drill, your safety is crucial, so you should have your safety gears which should include the dust mask (buy on, gloves and most importantly an eye goggle to prevent the flying concrete particles from getting to the eyes.

Apart from the protective tools, you must be sure that you are familiar with the instruction manual of the power tool before using it, it would help you work safely.

Drill your hole

Now that you have marked the drilling spot and you have taken all the necessary precaution, if you want to drill a large hole, begin by fitting a smaller bit on your tool, then drill a small or medium hole before you change your bit to the appropriate size.

But when you are about to drill, you should ensure you plant your feet firmly on the ground with your shoulders apart. Then with your hands, hold the drill securely like you would handle a handgun, if your drill doesn’t have an auxiliary handle, then brace the back of the drill with your other hand.

Drilling through concrete would always create a vibrating recoil force, so make sure you lean in and place the drill bit perpendicular to the concrete wall.

Maintain your bit

No matter how powerful your drill is, one of the things that can happen is that while you are boring a hole through a concrete wall is a heated bit, it is caused by the constant friction between your wall and the tool.

It is advisable to keep a bucket of water close by, so while the heat is created you can apply water to cool it, and you should also make sure you don’t get the drill itself wet.

Another thing is that concrete walls would have Peebles and stones in it, so while you are drilling and you encounter a hard force, put down your drill and use a hammer to break through it, so your drill bit remains intact.

Sometimes your drill bit might get stuck in the wall, when this happens you should reverse the bit and if it still wouldn’t come out, you might have to dig through the concrete wall, but it is better to avoid a situation like this.

After the drilling process, blow off the dust from the drilled hole, so you can thread your screw or the item through the concrete wall and seal the excessive spaces with a putty.


Not only for hanging paintings knowledge on how to use your drills holes into concretes in your wall would also assist your electrical works when you need to install your wall lights.

If you follow the simple guidelines we have given you, then it would be unnecessary to hire any specialists to carry out this project because all you have to do is go through these simple processes, and you can safely get the job done.

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