Drilling holes in tight spaces can be a challenge for any old house DIY-er, but there are solutions. Here’s a look at the right way and the wrong way to drill holes in small spaces.
Ray Tschoepe / Illustrations by Ray Tschoepe
Ample space usually exists between floor joists or studs to allow drilling holes for plumbing or wiring. Eventually, however, you will encounter a space that cannot accommodate the drill and the bit. When this happens, consider buying or renting one of these items:
First, a short drill bit: Spade bits come in short lengths, or you might simply cut a regular bit to a shorter length.
Second, attachments designed to fit into a drill chuck: These hold the bit at a right angle to the drill body.
Third, drills designed for just this situation: The chuck is positioned at a 90º angle to the drill body. It’s a more expensive solution, so look to borrow or rent a drill like this unless you do a lot of drilling in tight spaces.