I spent a great deal of time researching how to drill into concrete walls in order to hang curtains in my basement. It seems that everybody has their opinions on the best way to do but most of them require a hammer drill. Well I wasn't about to invest that kind of cash for six holes. Even renting one seemed like overkill. Well I'm happy to report that using a new 1/8" masonry bit in my $50 corded DeWalt worked like butter. Unfortunately I do not own an extension cord so I was only able to drill one hole with it. I have a cordless Ridgid compact 18v li ion drill that I was hesitant to use since the owner's manual does not mention using that drill for masonry. Well it definitely took longer and there was a decent amount of vibration in the drill but it sure got the job done. I also allowed the bit a decent amount of time between drilling to cool down which I highly recommend. Safety goggles are a definite necessity as well. Bottom line: don't be nervous drilling into concrete as long as you have a decent masonry bit (multiple of the same size if you don't want the downtime between holes). A hammer drill is not a necessity.
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