How To Drill Into a Wall

A Proper Guide of How to Drill Into a Wall

If you’re reading this, you will most likely have an interest in drills, and here we will outline how to drill into a wall.

No matter the type of walls you have in your home, whether that be hollow plasterboard or a brick/concrete wall, there are hassle-free ways to drill through them with ease and excellent performance.

Learning how to drill into a wall is a beneficial way to prevent paying out for professionals, which will save you cash and enhance your DIY skills, all while giving you an accomplished feeling inside.

Throughout, we will explore how you drill a wall with a power drill in the most convenient, effective, and most comfortable way, and we hope after reading, you have new-found confidence to tackle your walls at home.

How To Drill Into a Wall
Wall Composition

Understand Your Wall

There is a range of tools and equipment you will need for successful drilling.

This includes a power drill, screwdrivers, piper detector, drill bits, wall plug, step ladder, and bradawls.

Before commencing the drilling of a wall, you much understand your wall.

If you’re living in a very old home, your wall is most likely built from lath and plaster, whereas modern house walls are often constructed from drywall.

It is essential to distinguish the wall type because lath and plaster walls tend to be much harder, thicker, and brittle. Therefore, the type of drilling bits you need to acquire depends on the texture of the wall.

Understand Your Wall

Lath and Plaster

It is a traditional building process used to finish mainly walls and ceilings.

It is a combination of narrow strips of wood (laths), which are nailed horizontally across the wall studs, with a plaster coating for both protection and sturdiness.

This wall construction is only applicable if your home was built before drywall began to replace the process in Canada and the United States in the 1950s.


This wall type is a panel made of calcium sulfate dihydrate (gypsum). Gypsum plasterboard or drywall enables a quick installation, which is favored by manufacturers and consumers alike.

If your home is moderately new, then your walls are most likely built from drywall.

Identify the Area

Fix Your Position

It is essential to fix your position before drilling into the wall, as you don’t just want to start making holes in your wall, which will result in a professional being sent to fix it, which will mean added expense.

Fix Your Position

It is important to confirm your position is fixed.

Before making the position, make sure you do not drill on the electric wires or pipes. If you do not know where these elements lie, check the attic and basement to have an idea where they run up and down.

If you’re still confused about the location, then you can get a cordless inspection camera, which lets you see the inside wall cavities, wires, and pipes.

When making sure, the third step is putting a pencil mark and draw a colored circle on the surface, where you will drill the hole. If you plan the hole to be placed on a higher surface you need a step ladder to reach a range of positions.

If needed, bring the stepladder over, and make your mark. If you don’t have a colored pencil or stepladder you can use a tape to mark the position and bring over a tool or a strong chair to use that as a ladder alternative.

Choose Your Decoration

Decide What You Need to Hang on the Wall

The size and weight of what we hang on our walls vary, you could be hanging up a heavyweight piece of art or a lightweight photo of your puppy. It is wise to have an understanding of what you’re working with before placement.

Decide What You Need to Hang on the Wall

Rightfully decide what you need to hang on the wall; if the item is too heavy and needs bigger studs, then never use nails, use a screw instead.

Now change your power drill’s bit according to your mounting needs. After making it fasten properly (Check the other articles of “How to use Power Drill” and “How To Insert A Drill Bit” for the detail instruction), start your drilling.

There are many types of bits available, so using the right kind of bit is very important. If you use the wrong kind of drill bit, all your efforts will go down the drain.

After changing the power drill bit, start working your marked position. Always remember to push the drill slowly and steadily.

If you push very hard, you may end up damaging your wall or drilling the wrong size of a hole.


The Process of Hammering

When it comes to hammering, it is important to remember it isn’t the size of the hammer that matters, it is the technique used to hammer which will create the best results.

If this is your first attempt at drilling and hammering walls, it is best to go slow and steady rather than making a mess of your wall.

The Process of Hammering

When you are finished with drilling, use a hammer to fix the wall plug into the hole properly.

During the hammering process, be extra cautious. This is because it is easy to accidentally hammer your fingertip, which causes inconvenience to your job and will require medical attention.

It is best to hammer very lightly for the best results.

Safety First


After you are finished with the wall plug, you will then insert the stud into it, and your project will be complete.

That said, you should always put your safety first, and here is our list of ways to prevent dangers to your job.

Below is how to drill into a wall safely:

  • Use hand gloves for performing the whole task.
  • Use a very steady and firm step ladder or tool for using to reach your target
  • Having a second person nearby can give you a helping hand and have a cautious eye to prevent any potential accidents
  • Check your drill bit carefully; top to bottom with extra caution
  • If the drill bit is old and is rusted, it is best to avoid using it, as it could cause breakage to the tool or even the wall
  • Double-check your power drill before applying on the wall, push the forward and rewind button a couple of times when you insert your bits into the chuck. If it is steady enough, you can start your work!
  • Keep multiple screws, wall plugs, and a bradawl. Though keeping a bradawl is not necessary, as using the right type of drill bit will perform better, but for being on the safer side, it is okay to keep it, in case if you need it.
  • Use cloth or paper on the floor so the dust doesn’t result in a dirty floor/room
  • Always always always wear safety goggles, this will prevent dust from entering your eyes and causing health issues


There you have it; you have now read our guide on how to drill into a wall.

We hope after reading you currently feel confident to drill through a wall from home without hiring professionals or asking a family friend, for the one-hundredth time.

That said, the above rules and tips are not from the bible, so don’t take our steps as gospel. There are many ways and plenty of tools out there to drill through a wall, and it is all about finding one that best works for you.

However, by following the tutorial above, we have no doubt you will get the job done without any issues along the road.

Be ambitious with jobs from home, but if your job requires specific skills, do not risk it and hire a professional technician to check it out.

Thank you for reading, and if you have any feedback, please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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