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I need to put some blinds up- have I got the right gear?
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The drill I have form over 35 years ago still works but was for light diy - used it on may projects and then as per my post me and one of the kids bought a cheap sds drill with a few bits think it was 30 quid. TBH, it did not make a great dela of a difference it the drill bits that count and knowing when you have made contact with metal so you dont bust your bit.
When drilling through metal, or timber the bit is important, but when drilling through hard masonry a decent SDS drill is needed. The action of a masonry drill bit is different to a metal or wood drill. It needs to break up the material as it cuts through. The drills that cut through masonry without breaking are diamond core and much slower.
In my old house I was putting full weight on hammer mode to drill a 10mm hole and it was just ridiculous.
Got some of the Bosch professional blue (literally, the shaft is smurf blue striped) drills, man it was like a knife through butter.
At which point my Dad did admit the bit I had borrowed from him (along with his drill probably!), was about 20 years old and done all sorts.
Just to add, I tend to use my stud finder thingy before drilling into any walls, just incase there is some cable or pipes - sometimes you get some odd results, but often it can be useful.
In my old house there were two wall lights, my guess was the cable would run down the wall and under the floor. The stud finder thingy told me one was wired to another or something, as there looked to be a live cable across the middle of the wall.. Hung my mirror a bit higher!