Before drilling in to any walls in your home, take the time to find out if there are any pipes, electrical wires or cables hidden behind them. There are a variety of ways you can determine if – or where – any of these elements are located.
If you’re unsure, start by looking in your basement or attic to see where things run up or down through the framing. Your local hardware store will have a variety of tools designed to help you locate framing studs behind your walls.
Pre-drilling a hole is always a good idea, since a pilot hole will guide a nail or screw more easily, straighter and more accurately. When boring between studs, never drill a hole deeper than 1 . inches – which is the thickness of drywall.
Carefully probe into the hole before proceeding to make sure you’re not hitting any buried pipes or wires and always be sure to use the right drill bit for the material you are drilling into.
Drilling in to walls is sometimes necessary, so be sure to take the right precautions to do it safely.