Drilling into concrete without a hammer drill can be done, but it will not be an easy task. Ideally, to drill into concrete you would want to use a hammer drill, but unfortunately we don’t all live in an ideal world. So we do what we can with what we’ve. If all you have on hand is your standard drill, here’s how to drill into concrete without a hammer drill.
First thing to know is that the only thing that will get through concrete is a good masonry drill bit. These drill bits are designed to drill holes into concrete. If you try to use a regular drill bit that’s designed for softer materials, such as wood or metal, you can kiss your drill bit good bye. The concrete will wear that bit down in a matter of seconds and all you’ll have left is a stubby piece of metal stick out of the chuck of your drill.
Drill Bits For Drilling Holes Into Concrete
As mentioned above, you want to be sure to use good quality masonry drill bits to drill into concrete. An example of good quality and durable masonry drill bits for concrete drilling are the DEWALT DW5207 7-Piece Premium Percussion Masonry Drill Bit Set. By investing in a set of different size drill bits like these, it gives you more flexibility in choosing different hole sizes for your project.
Masonry drill bits are designed to work with a hammer drill. That means the drill bit, in addition to turning, simultaneously hammers away at the concrete. Since we’re not using a hammer drill, the only thing we have working in our favor is the turning action of the drill bit. Have Water Close By
Be sure to have water nearby while you are drilling your hole into the concrete. Without the hammering action of the hammer drill, the masonry drill bit will get very hot. This is from all the friction that’s created by going round and round against the concrete material. As you drill into the concrete, add water to the drill site frequently to prevent the bit from getting too hot too fast. By doing this, you’ll protect your drill bit from being destroyed, and it will last you much longer.
While drilling into the concrete, be sure to lift the drill bit out of the hole regularly. By doing this, you are removing the dust and other material from out of the hole. This allows the masonry drill bit to work more efficiently and create less friction.
While drilling holes into concrete without using a hammer drill, you may be tempted to apply your own hammering action with the drill to help the process. Don’t do this. We’re not using hammer drills for this project, so we don’t want to treat our drill like it’s a hammer drill. By applying your own hammering action to the drill site with your non-hammer drill, you’re taking great risk at not only damaging your drill, but you may also damage the drill bit.
Instead, frequently lift the drill bit out of the hole and remove the material, as stated in the Do section of this project.
6 Tips For Drilling Into Concrete Without a Hammer Drill
1. When drilling it is important to constantly be lifting the drill out of the hole to let the debris clear the flutes.
2. If your project requires larger holes, start with a small size masonry drill bit then slowly expand the size of the hole by using increasingly larger sized drillbits. This will be much easier than starting the project with the larger bit.
3. If you come across a hard spot, which is probably stone in the concrete, use a large nail with a hammer to smash the pieces that are blocking your progress.
4. Never buy cheap drill bits to do any job. They will not last and you’ll end up paying more money in the long run.
5. Concrete, brick or mortar are very strong materials. Concrete is even harder and more difficult to get through than normal cement, mortar or brick.
6. If all else fails, you can rent a hammer drill for your project. They are fairly inexpensive to rent, and may even come with a set of masonry drill bits.
Have you tried to drill a hole in concrete without using a hammer drill? If so, or if you have any additional tips you’d like to share, leave a comment below. Let us know! How’d it go for you? What did you learn to help make the process easier for the next go around?