How to Drill Into Plaster and Brick

Quick answer:
At the indicated spot, drill through the plaster through the tape. As you drill, the tape stops the plaster around the hole from breaking and flaking.

You’ll Need to Drill Into Plaster a Few Things

  • electric stud locater
  • tape for masking.
  • drywall screws
  • energy drill
  • a high-quality drill bit, such as a carbide or cobalt steel bit
  • gloves, goggles, and dust mask
  • patching material for plaster

How can I fasten screws into plaster walls?

The time has come to begin screwing into lathe and plaster walls once you have gathered all the required tools and selected your assistance. Before you begin, there are a few things to bear in mind.

First of all, plaster is a sturdy yet brittle substance that might chip on the hole’s edges. Second, give the drill enough of time to complete its task without rushing or using any force. Finally, while drilling into plaster, it often blows dust, so always use safety gear like gloves, goggles, and a dust mask.

  1. Wear the safety equipment and attach the carbide drill bit for plaster to your power drill.
  2. A mask should be worn by your assistant as well to prevent allergic reactions.
  3. The finest power drill with variable speed settings will be required.
  4. The area where you wish to drill should be covered with masking tape.
  5. The plaster in the surrounding areas won’t chip or break thanks to the masking tape.
  6. Place the drill on the surface using the lowest speed settings.
  7. Avoid using any outside pressure on the drill, and keep your hand moving slowly and steadily.
  8. The hole’s depth is determined by two factors:
  9. The object’s weight that you desire to hang.
  10. The screws’ length comes next.
  11. Remove the masking tape when you’ve completed drilling the hole. Keep an eye out for any wall cracks and chipping. Never put off fixing any damage you detect to the wall. Plaster patching material should be applied over the fractures right away, and it should thoroughly dry before continuing.


What type of drill bit is best for plaster walls?

  • Put a carbide drill bit in a power drill. If there is a masonry wall beneath the plaster, a standard drill bit will shatter or become dull while drilling through the plaster.
  • Masking tape should be applied over the drilling site.
  • Put the drill’s speed on the lowest level.
  • Keep the drill firm and straight in your hands.

How do I know if there is brick behind plaster?
You may indeed make a hole in the plaster to check whether there is brick there. If this is on an exterior wall and the brick on the outside extends all the way up, there could be a simpler method.

Can I drill straight into plaster?
Drilling a hole before hanging something on plaster is nearly always necessary since nails may not go through the thick surface and, even if they do, they often create fissures. Plaster cracking is prevented and plaster dust is generated to a minimum when a hole is carefully drilled in plaster.

Do I need anchors for plaster walls?
Use of a wall anchor is strongly advised when drilling through plaster. Wall anchors make ensuring that the screws you use to hang plaster walls are secure and won’t crack the plaster nearby.

How long before you can drill into plaster?
To the touch, plaster takes two to four hours to dry. Before painting, drilling, or installing kitchen cabinets on it, it must thoroughly cure. Plaster can take anywhere from seven to 21 days to completely dry, depending on the kind, temperature, air moisture content, ventilation, and number of layers you applied.

How do you find studs in plaster walls?
Take your strongest magnet and secure it with some dental floss or twine. Move the magnet carefully across the wall while dangling it against it. You must go slowly. On occasion, the magnet will adhere a little to the wall near the stud.

How do I stop my plaster from cracking when I drill?
Drill and Hang: Cover the mark with painters’ tape or masking tape once you have decided where to hang your item (see Hang & Level below) to prevent the plaster from crumbling or breaking around the nail hole. Mark the location for hanging over the tape using a pen.

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