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How do you drill into brick?

If you’re attempting a DIY home improvement job and you need to drill into a brick wall, we’re here to help.

How do you drill through brick… in 8 steps

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll be a master at drilling into brick in no time:

  1. Check the wall for wires and pipes by passing a detector over the patch of wall you want to drill into to avoid drilling into electrical wiring or pipework.
  2. Mark the point(s) on the wall with a pencil to show where you want to drill.
  3. Make sure you have the right masonry drill bit (the one with a wide, arrow-shaped head) of the same size as the rawlplug you’re going to use – it can be slightly larger than the rawlplug but only slightly, otherwise the rawlplug won’t fit securely into the wall.
  4. Press the drill bit into the wall and make a small indentation before starting to drill (this will help the drill enter the brick without slipping across the wall).
  5. Drill the hole into the brick by holding the drill straight and, starting slowly, push the drill towards the wall until you’ve gone the depth of the rawlplug.
  6. Remove any brick dust created by the drilling and clean up any dust that’s fallen onto surfaces or the floor beneath.
  7. Insert the rawlplug into the newly created hole in the brickwork and push it into place (hammer it in gently, if needed).
  8. Fix the screw into the rawlplug using a screwdriver.

Hey, presto, job done. You have now successfully drilled a hole into brick.

What’s the best way of cutting a hole in a brick wall?

When it comes to cutting a hole in a brick wall, you’ll need to take a different approach than simply drilling a hole into a brick – and there are a few approaches you can take:

  1. Use a circular saw with a masonry blade – this will let you cut through brick and mortar and create lovely clean lines for your hole. But be warned; you’ll have to deal with a lot of dust and debris in the process.
  2. Remove entire bricks by hand using a masonry chisel – by chiselling out the mortar around a brick in a wall; you’ll be able to carefully remove a whole brick to create a hole in the wall.
  3. For round holes, use a diamond-coated hole saw with a masonry core drill bit – as the name suggests, a hole saw can be an ideal tool to cut a hole into a brick wall, as long as you use an appropriate masonry drill attachment.

Not sure you want to drill into brick or start cutting a hole in a brick wall yourself? Save yourself the hassle by hiring an experienced local handyman to do the job for you. Find out how much that might cost by reading our guide to handyman prices.

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