Asked on Jan 24, 2013

I'm trying to hang a curtain rod over a sliding glass door, but keep hitting something that I can't drill through.

Christine TWoodbridge Environmental Tiptophouse.comKMS Woodworks


The house is built of cement blocks, but there is drywall on the walls. I had another house that was the same type, but never had a problem with hanging curtain rods. The anchors can't get in far enough to hold the rod in with whatever is stopping it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
4 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 24, 2013

    I'd pick up some tapcons and drill pilots...these screws come in a two sizes and different lengths.

  • Christine T
    on Jan 24, 2013

    Thank you so much, I'll give them a try.

  • Tapcons will work. But using a hammer drill is going to be important. You are hitting the block wall behind the drywall. Sometimes over the door they use a precast cement header and in some other cases they use a steel angle iron. If your hitting the steel then tapcons will not work. You will need a metal drill bit that is sized properly for plastic anchors drill out, put anchor in and then screw to fasten rod bracket.

  • Christine T
    on Jan 29, 2013

    Thank you, I really appreciate your help!

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