Experts have shared 3 places where you should never drill holes with a cordless drill, impact driver, or other hole-boring power tools.
My news feed just featured an article about 3 places where you shouldn’t put security cameras, with the first two being “ineffective spots” and “behind obstructions.”
That wasn’t a one-off article; I feel that there’s been an over-abundance of news stories and “expert advice” like that. So, to express my frustration at how nonsensical things have become, here’s a satire post to help me vent.
Here is where there would be another paragraph describing to you what a hole is. Because why should a news article answer questions posed in headlines quickly or effectively?
And what about the difference between cordless drills, impact drivers, hammer drills, and rotary hammers? Gosh, the longer we can keep you waiting until the main story points, the better, am I right?
Oh, and let’s not forget a paragraph about why you might want to drill holes in the first place. Let’s delay the main points with an interjection about screws, anchors, wall plugs, and different wall materials such as plywood, drywall, brick or block, and plaster.
This paragraph should mention a social media video or similar external link, talking it up and making it sound interesting. But, at least 50% of the time, there’s no embedded link, image, or video.
Without further delay, here are 3 places where experts say you shouldn’t drill holes!
See Also: How to use a cordless drill, 99% get this WRONG!
Don’t Drill Holes Where They’re not Supposed to go!
Be mindful about what you’re drilling into!
Experts say that you should only drill holes where they’re supposed to go! For instance, if you’re drilling holes to mount a shelf bracket, use the existing holes for guidance. Drilling additional holes can reduce structural integrity or make alignment more difficult.
Are you mounting something to the wall? Then don’t drill holes in the ceiling, that would be highly ineffective!
Avoid Drilling into Body Parts
When drilling holes into workpieces, be mindful of what your drill bit might grab or bore into.
This was meant to be a satire point, because everyone knows you shouldn’t drill into body parts. But in truth, carelessness can lead to injury and harm.
If you’re drilling into a handheld board of wood, ensure that you don’t have fingers behind your hole placement. I have also seen users place boards on their knees or shoes for drilling. Try not to drill into your feet.
In all seriousness, there is a non-zero chance of users drilling into their hands, feet, or other body parts. You can reduce your chances of injury by paying attention to what you’re doing and how you’re holding or supporting a loose workpiece.
Avoid Drilling in Occupied Spaces (without Permission or Barriers)
Drilling into different surfaces can produce metal chips, sawdust, drywall powder, and other such materials. The work can also be noisy.
Diners might want parmesan sprinkled on top of their pasta, not chunks of drywall.
Avoid drilling in spaces while they’re occupied, such as busy restaurants. If you must, cordon the area according to professional or official safety guidelines and regulations.