Almost every do-it-yourselfer and professional knows them: tall, steep, forbidding, near impregnable – walls of terror, against which even the strongest drills falter and shatter as helpless as glass falling to the ground, with reinforced concrete that grinds down the points of drill bits to useless old stubs right before your eyes. Wall plugs don’t even stand a chance! Yet, with our tips and the right tools from Trotec you can tackle every project and every wall in the house without breaking a sweat…
Firstly, the most important thing: not all walls are the same and not all wall plugs are the same. Therefore, we will start by taking a close look at the challenge of ‘walls’: are you trying to tackle a tough concrete or brick wall? In that case do-it-yourselfers too should equip themselves with the most powerful professional tools on the market, perhaps a high performance hammer and chisel drill, like the PRDS 10-230V from Trotec. If you’re dealing with the commonly-used outdoor or indoor plasterboard walls, you would be best using a battery-powered hammer drill, like the Trotec PHDS 10-20V.
As a rule, you’ll find concrete walls in the cellar of a house. The concrete is poured into a framework and the hardened material forms the wall. To drill holes into a concrete wall, the hammer drill is the right tool of choice. With its pneumatic powered hammer mechanism, the drill can achieve around 5000 powerful impacts per minute without much effort. Then insert a plastic wall plug into the drill hole, which will be pushed apart by the screw, securely fixing it into the drill hole. Finished!
The use of a professional hammer drill is also advisable when working on brick walls. If you are drilling into the mortar, you could also use a cordless impact screwdriver. Because for relatively soft materials, such as the mortar in a joint, the power of a branded impact screwdriver will suffice. For the installation of screws, a wall plug will still be required.
Interior plasterboard walls
The cordless drill is also the right candidate for drilling holes in interior plasterboard walls. On a side note, wood, stone and metal drills can also be used on this material. Care is required when choosing the right wall plug.
A basic plasterboard wall plug will generally do for hanging a picture. It is screwed into the pre-drilled hole in the wall using a specific drill bit. The rough, self-cutting threads give the wall plug a large surface area and spread the weight across a bigger area.
The ingenious cavity wall plug is intended for securing shelves or kitchen cupboards. This is a cavity flap wall plug made from metal and plastic, for use on walls and ceilings. Weights of up to 55 kg can be secured by double layered planking with 12.5mm strong plasterboard tiles. For single layered planking, the cavity wall plug can hold weights of around 35 kg.
Exterior plasterboard walls
The cordless impact screwdriver is also the first choice for exterior plasterboard walls. Insulated exterior walls make a difference here. If there is a vapour barrier behind the plasterboard wall then you must not drill through it. If it is damaged it can allow moisture from the ambient air to get into the insulation, which in the worst case can lead to moisture damage or mould. The wall plugs to use here are the same as those for interior walls.
Exterior walls with an EIFS
With an exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) pre-drilling with a cordless impact screwdriver is only necessary on the external plaster layer. This is because the EIFS consists primarily of a layer of plastered insulating polystyrene applied to the outside of the wall. If you would like to install lamps, house numbers or something else on the exterior insulation layer, you will need specific EIFS wall plugs for the polystyrene cladded facade. These are screwed into the facade using a special setting tool, which is generally included in the pack.
Professional hammer and chisel drills and hammer drills from Trotec
Whatever your next project is, as a compact hammer drill in the 5 kg class, the professional hammer and chisel drill PRDS 10-230V will give you the extra high power you need with its 5 joules of striking force. Equipped with a robust aluminium gear head and pneumatic hammer system, the device is the perfect solution for demanding continuous operation in renovation, installation, construction and chiselling work.
Whether you are planning a roof extension or a wall or kitchen unit installation, the hammer drill PHDS 10-20V is bound to impress with its maximum torque of 40 Nm and its impact frequency of up to 26,400 rpm with real striking force. Our cordless hammer drill takes the required superior power reserves from its powerful 20 V exchangeable, premium battery from the Flexpower series – also from Trotec, of course!
TÜV-tested and certified quality
With the PRDS 10-230V and the PHDS 10-20V you are playing it safe in every respect, because you get the hammer and chisel drill, as well as the hammer drill including its charger, all to TÜV-tested quality standards, a guarantee for high quality, safety and functionality.
Perfect tool solutions from Trotec – great performance for a great price!
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- the hammer and chisel drill PRDS 10-230V for £51.72 instead of £94.06
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- the new hammer drill PHDS 10-20V for just £51.72 instead of £79.94
including a mountable belt clip, two drill bits, a supplementary hand grip, a rapid charger and a transport case
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