Drill Bit Hack

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1 Minute

If you don't have a drill bit at hand and need something urgently, then here's a hack I learnt recently while installing guttering!

You can find my original post here:


It won't be the quickest way to drill a pilot hole, but sometimes, it's quicker than a trip to the shops!

First, grab a straight nail - slimmer than your screw and make sure it isn't an oval shaped nail. Then hack saw off the nail head.

This should take about a minute. It's a little fiddly without a clamps, but it can be done.

Now fix it in your combi drill and tighten as you would do a normal drill bit.

Now create your pilot hole as normal. Above, I'm pre-drilling a hole through some plastic roof detail and also going through the TOP end of the plastic guttering.

Then screw as normal.

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Suggested materials:

  • Combi drill
  • Nail slimmer than the screw
  • Hack saw

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • William
    on Feb 26, 2020

    Great tip. I have done this many times in the past in a pinch. It does work

  • Lisa West
    on Feb 27, 2020

    Wont the nail spin in side the cylinder or chock of the screw gun/impact/etc.

    Side note screw guns ate great for cleaning make up brushes I'm soapy water then rinse the same way ladies.

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