Doubts in Drilling

I’d almost forgotten that years ago, I bought a coat hanger and shelf and left it miserably in the back of a cupboard because I was afraid of drilling holes in my walls. It’s now happily at its place, above the shoes.

Half-Drilled
Click on the photo to see all the entertaining notes.

Our regular drilling program was however interrupted earlier this evening by loud nasty noises coming from inside the wall, accompanied by little progress in the drilling itself. What’s in there? Not too sure. The other side of the wall belongs to the neighbours, too. Nasty noises, stalled hole-making progress, and somewhat past seven pm (higher likelyhood that neighbours or old ladies might become grumpy and start banging on door) — all that means that shelf number three will have to wait until Friday, probably.

In the meantime, if anybody has suggestions or bright ideas about the nasty noise and seemingly hard thing in the wall, I’m all ears.

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6 Responses to Doubts in Drilling

  1. habi says:

    metal? > potentially very dangerous!

  2. Woot! A blog entry I can actually read!🙂

    As for drilling: I just got around to hanging up some framed art we’ve had for three years. I feel your pain.

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  4. Marie-Aude says:

    Ben avant de trouer, il faut passer un truc marrant qui fait bip-bip au dessus des tuyaux et des fils électriques.
    Si ça ne fait pas bip-bip, t’es tombée sur l’armature du béton. Si tu peux décaler le trou de 5 cm… sinon mèche spéciale + patience.

  5. Peter says:

    Some time has passed and your shelves are now up, without problems, it seems. So these comments are mainly for others!
    But Marie-Aude is spot on about the dangers and the machine to check (e.g. from Hornbach).
    The hard item in the wall could be a steel reinforcing rod or a pebble of the concrete. Best to try to look to see what type of drill to use.
    But as a general rule electric conduit goes vertically up (occasionally down) from light switches on the wall. Power socket wiring goes vertically down.
    Radiator pipes are rarely embedded in walls, only traversing them. Hot and cold water pipes are usually in hollow walls, but beware drilling into the back of bathroom walls!
    Knock the wall with your fist to hear how solid it is (in CH, solid=concrete=requires hammer drill, hollow sound=non-structural=softer=maybe needs special wallplugs for screws into plasterboard walls)
    Love your blog – read about you in TdG last week.

  6. Steph says:

    Thanks for the info (will come in handy next time I drill) and for the compliments!🙂

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