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Old 05-06-2012, 04:01 PM   #1
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OK, so I thought I could handle a simple job on my own, but looks like I'm gonna need help. I need to install a new door handle for my front door, but the existing holes aren't properly aligned. No problem, I told myself, I'll just drill a new hole. Problem is, can't seem to do it. I initially thought the door was wood, but now think it may be metal, or some combination of the two. Nevermind that, I used a drill bit that's good for metal and wood, and it won't go in at all. Do I need a special drill for this? I'm attaching pics of everything to make it as clear as possible, the handle, the drill, the place where I'm attempting to drill. Any help is appreciated.

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The drill is set on forward and not reverse, right?
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Which hole are you trying to drill?

For the bottom of the pull or the top for the latch.

If its the bottom you have the right bit, just have to lean into the drill, you may have to start with a smaller bit (pilot hole). In fact I would do a pilot hole all the way through, then change to the finished size.

When drilling the finish hole drill halfway through from each side of the door, this will make a much cleaner hole.

If for the latch you don't have the right bit, you will need a hole saw.

When you do the large hole you will work up a sweat, pushing on that drill.

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The drill is set of forward and not reverse, right?
Bless you, sir, for assuming that I might be a moron, for you were right. I don't drill very frequently and while my drill is bi-directional, I'd completely forgotten about it and never use it in reverse. It must have bumped on something and changed. Once I had it in the proper direction, it worked beautifully. Everything is already installed. Thanks for thinking that what appears to be the obvious may not be so obvious to a newbie!
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Kwick, you are a genius, I would have never thought of that, well and actually asked the question.

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lol I thought the question was bit out there, but you guys just made my day thanks
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lol kwik, your not the only one whose seen this.. a couple months back my labor was put on screwing off subfloor duty.. he was given the "pam" screw gun.. he screams over to me the screw gun is broken, it wont drive screws.. dumbass had it in reverse
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Bless you, sir, for assuming that I might be a moron,
That wasn't what I was thinking, just the process of elimination at work.

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That wasn't what I was thinking, just the process of elimination at work.

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Thanks. Great way to get started, one question, one problem solved.

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