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Old 05-08-2007, 07:27 AM   #151
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I am having a problem with my drill bit.

After drilling in Tapcon screws, I noticed that the drill bit is wearing out.

It seems that while I am screwing down, the drill bit gets dislodged.
Should I be pushing down harder?


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I've had the same question. I've been using the extra long Bosch bits in a hammer drill, and I've gone thru 3 of them already (in about 60 feet of wall). At about $8 a pop it adds up! Maybe I'm pushing too hard, and should just let the hammer drill do the work? Or is that about the life expectancy when drilling into concrete?


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Old 05-08-2007, 07:41 AM   #152
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I am having a problem with my drill bit.

After drilling in Tapcon screws, I noticed that the drill bit is wearing out.

It seems that while I am screwing down, the drill bit gets dislodged.
Should I be pushing down harder?


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I think what you're actually saying is that the phillips head bit that you're using to screw in the tapcon screws into the concrete (AFTER drilling the holes) are slipping and wearing out. Right?

Make sure you are using the right size phillips bit. There are #1, #2, and #3 size phillips heads. (three being the largest). #2 is most common (drywall screws, etc) but for a big tapcon you might need a #3. The #3 is much stubbier, with a noticeable flat spot on the tip.

Other things that help keep a phillips bit from slipping is putting your driver in low speed (most drivers have a Hi-Lo or I-II switch), and try not to rev up the driver too much. Keep it slow and steady.

It's also important to keep the driver perfectly in-line with the screw. If you're at an angle at all the bit will slip.

Also keeping enough pressure on the driver will help. Position yourself so you can lean against the driver with your body weight. Sometimes that means getting on a step-ladder for operations at shoulder height. Working at chest or belly height will let you really lean into it.

Basically, Philips screws are a crappy design, and they tend to slip and require more effort than they should, but we're stuck with them for the most part. When at all possible, use square-drive fasteners (the bit is a little cube on the end and the screws have a little square-shaped hole). They are a FAR SUPERIOR design, and we are starting to see them more often. They don't slip at all, and you don't have to lean into them the way you do with philips.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:41 AM   #153
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You are absolutely correct in all your findings of the phillips head.

I did discover that the bit I was using was too small.

And yes, the angle it goes in makes a difference.

But, "hoooray" I am done with tapcons for now.

(For my framing I did use the square head, but I put them in by hand, (by the time it took to remove the drill bit (for pilot hole), and put on the other one for the screw, I figured I would just put it in by hand, as I was "stick building" when I did my framing.



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I think when you are going to hang drywalls, you will find out you need a power driver, then you will go out to get it... you will then regret you should have got it earlier to save you all these hand driving...
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:53 AM   #155
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You are probably right.......
I probably will get the power driver

I only have two ducts to box in and then I will be ready for drywall.
It seems that now that it is better weather, I have less time to spend in the basement......

Oh well, it's only been 7 months so far that I have been working on it.
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I guess you should be done in 2008
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I guess you should be done in 2008

If I'm lucky.....

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