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Fitting curtain pole to wall - metal lintel?

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by chaoticj, 27 Mar 2018.

  1. chaoticj

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    Hi,

    I want to fit a curtain pole to the wall, above a pair of windows and door.

    The problem is there seems to be some sort of metal lintel about 1 inch below the plaster.

    I've bought the finest drill bits - Milwaukee Thunderweb, set my cordless drill to hammer and max torque and it won't go through - at all.

    I was going to use self tapping screws once I'd drilled.. any ideas from those in the know please.. so annoying!

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    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Not hammer for drilling metal.
     
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  4. chaoticj

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    Thanks endecotp, so I just set it to drill?

    Should I be able to drill this and if I do, will I need to thread the hole, if so, how?

    Many thanks!
     
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    If there is a metal bar/beam/lintel then you don't want to be on hammer
    Try a small drill bit for metal. Then if it works, open it up to the size that you need
    I use cobalt drill bits

    Possibly go higher and avoid the metal
     
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    First of all, do consider other options e.g. fitting higher or to the side, etc.

    Yes.

    Honestly I don’t know how hard typical lintel steel is. I guess others will comment.
    I’d probably try to use a self-tapping screw of some sort as a first attempt.
     
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    Cobalt bit, slow speed, no hammer and take it slow.
    Or put it higher!
     
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    Thanks guys, used a cobalt bit and set drill speed to max, went through the metal pretty easy.

    The self tapping screws hold the pole brackets exceptionally solidly, whoop!

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