Others already told you that it is not up to concrete work. You also
mention it does not sound fully charged. Given the 8 years it has been
around, some of the cells may have died and will not hold a charge; a common
malady. Either buy a new battery or have the old one rebuilt by someone
like www.primecell.com and it will be better than new.
Get yourself an inexpensive star bit for a couple dollars. You buy the
size you need for the holes. Simply hammer on it and it will easily
break through concrete, a bit tougher when you hit stones, but still
easier than a masonry bit in a little drill without the hammer option.
Hard to find a picture of one due to so many people calling "Torx" bits
"Star" bits, which they are not.
Here is a poor picture of a star bit that you simply hammer on:
Thank you for the picture. I will look tomorrow at Home Depot. I had
thought about going ahead and buying a new drill - just hated to spend
that much so I could drill a few holes. It's not something I need
very often. The house was built in 1983 - it's stucco over concrete
block. And I actually need to hang several of those hose hangers.
You don't want to drill through block or brick if you can avoid it.
Drill through the mortar joint.
Might have to measure to find the joint.
I wouldn't pound on stucco with a star drill.
No experience with stucco, but you should be able to get through that
and mortar easily with your drill and a masonry bit.
But if your drill is shot, you don't need to spend a lot on a drill
for that if you go electric.
I have this. Tossed about 4 cordless drills/drivers because of bad
batteries. No comparison to the battery junk I had.
You can find cheaper. But that's a good one.
You'll use it for other things.
Since I'm leery of getting zapped outside using 120v I usually stand
on a rubber car mat or piece of plywood.
Always do in damp or wet dirt.
Look at HD for a package with a masonry bit and plugs/screws to fit.
1/4" or 5/16" bit should do.
But make sure it's a masonry bit. Think I got a pack with a 5/16"
masonry bit when I hung a hose reel on my brick wall.
Or just buy a bit and plugs separately.
I don't how thick or strong stucco is, so you judge how long the
screws should be.
The hose carrier holes didn't line up with the mortar joints when I
hung it, so I put 1"x"4 wood strips on the wall, then screwed the reel
assembly to those.
OT - Angels we have heard on high
Telling us go out and buy!
-- Back in the 50s I had one of his albums. He was really funny and
ahead of his time. Hadn't thought about him in a long time.
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