It was going to be a doddle.
Hanging a curtain pole.
Old cottage with big thick solid walls.
Very first hole and mighty jet of water leaps from the wall.
Oh how they all laughed.
But that was then.
I now still have the curtain pole behind the settee and my tools put away.
STILL have no curtains up.
I now see the walls as a minefield and have genuinely lost all
The water pipes were placcy so I don't think the detector jobby would
have shown 'em.
If I get someone in is it trapping him into the same situation.
Don't really know what to do.
do you think there is any professional out there who has not drilled through the odd pipe or cable over the years?
There are some tricks to help reduce the possibility.
Look for services above, below and to the side of where you want to drill. Most, but certainly not all services, run vertically and are just below the surface in the plaster. When you start to drill, press lightly, and if the drill tip does not go instantly though the 1/2" of plaster, stop and assess the situation again. Most masonry drill bits don't like drilling through pipes or the capping that protects cables so you have a chance of preventing a catastrophe.
If the drill stops in the plaster, look in the hole with a torch. Can you see something maybe silver or copper colour?
Once through the plaster you are in brick or whatever, so no more lurking dangers.
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