Why is putting up a curtain pole so HARD ! HELP...

18 Apr 2004
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I've never worked this one out.

How on earth are you meant to put a curtain pole up over a window when it has a solid lintel !

My Dad cheated and attached the pole mounting to the ceiling... But surely there is another way.

I mean no drill or drill bit that I own is going to make a hole in a lintel..
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I've seen SDS drill bits, but I take it I need one of those high power drills to go with it..

All this for a curtain pole !

seems weird
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And don't forget good drill bits. I use Cobalt bits, they get through pretty much anything. But yes agreed, needs an SDS drill, for the DIY'er like myself, you can get one for about 30-35 quid.
Sounds good. Take heart, having a tough surface to drill into is better than having a surface in which the drill sinks into as if it wasn't there at all. This sort of situation can be loads more work to sort out.
Personally wouldn't bother with a cordless SDS, you need the power, cordless drills simply don't give you that.
Actually Edward, when we had windows fitted I was most impressed with the sds cordless drill our fitter used ... but on second thoughts you are right for the price range contemplated here ... The one I saw, Bosch or De-Walt I am unsure ?? Was obviously a 'professional' (heavy / high duty) device, which BTW the fitter (a local carpenter) praised as being on par with the best tools in his kit !! It certainly made short work of drilling all media, and driving the screws ..
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Don't know if anyone is still going to see this but I'd love to know if this problem was solved as I'm totally stumped by the same thing now!

I've bought a hammer drill (B&Q own brand 710W with unnecessary laser device) but it's really not done the job!

Do I need some industrial drill? Or do I need to go from the ceiling or something?
SDS drill, good quality bit, may need a bit to drill through metal, if you hit the steel rods in the lintel. But normal corded drills (DIY) often won't touch a lintel.
either get a reasonably priced corded SDS, there are decent cordless SDS machines out there but they cost or as Eddie says cobalt bits, but dont use them on hammer

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