DIY Doctor

What's hidden in the wall?

Postby Chippychap » Thu Oct 16, 2008 9:06 am

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.
Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:50 pm


Gorilla Glue heavy duty grab adhesive

Postby plumbbob » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:31 pm

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.

Happy drilling!
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 1891
Joined: Wed May 07, 2008 9:59 pm

Postby Chippychap » Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:07 am

I still think placcy pipes is a Ninja tactic........ :oops:
Thank you.
Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 7
Joined: Mon Oct 06, 2008 2:50 pm

Postby DrWho » Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:15 am

:lol: I know what you mean, plastic makes it pretty hard to know what to do. I would never risk anything if I didn't know for a fact. Get back to drilling and try not to lose confidence!
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 4
Joined: Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:03 am

Postby TheDoctor5 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:51 am

Last year 64% of the questions asked in our forum were answered within our DIY project pages at The project pages are now separated alphabetically and your answers are accompanied by diagrams and the ability to see, and buy, the tools and/or required to complete your project. Use our search box to look for your answer and save a great deal of time and money!
Posts: 1382
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:17 am

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides
  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!

  • Related Topics