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3 Different drill for artwork hanging

Different walls have different characteristics, so different electric drills must be used for the right material to avoid damage to the walls. Below are some tips to keep in mind when using an electric drill to hang up artwork. 

As the Chinese idiom goes, the right tools are the key to success.

1. Battery powered drills

Besides tightening and loosening screws, this tool can be used as a flat drill and can be used to drill into different materials when paired with different drill bits. This tool rotates its drill bit at a high speed to scrape away material bit by bit, and is suitable for materials that don’t require much force to puncture. 

Picking a suitable drill bit:

  • On wood:  use a spur point (sharp and twisted bit) or high speed steel drill bit.
  • On porcelain tiles: use a ceramic drill bit. Once the tile is punctured, use a concrete drill bit.

Uses:unscrewing screws, drilling holes into plaster walls, cork, or ceramic tiles.


2. Impact drills

Though it can also be used as a regular battery-powered drill, this tool employs rotation and impact force to do its job. It utilises its inner mechanical gears to bump against one another to create impact without having to rely on hydraulics. It can also be fitted with different drill bits to be used on different materials. 

Tools with a vibration setting:use on brick walls or soft cement

Tools without a vibration setting:ceramic tile, marble, wood, and metal

Picking a suitable drill bit:

  • On ceramic tile: use a tile drill bit. After drilling through the tile, use a cement drill bit (both battery powered and impact drills can drill through ceramic tile, though the battery powered drill will take longer to do so, since it operates at a lower speed).
  • On wood: use a spur point (sharp and twisted bit) or high speed steel drill bit
  • On metal: use a high speed drill bit

3. Hydraulic drill (high torque)

Also known as a cement drill or a hammer drill. This tool has a cylindrical structure that gives it great strength, and thus can be used on sturdy materials such as cement.

Suitable drill bit:Hydraulic drill bit

Uses:Drilling holes on materials such as brick and cement.


To sum up, when the rotations are quick, it will take less time to complete the task. When the torque is large, it will take less force to complete the task. Based on this, be sure to pick the right drill type for the right use. 


Drill technology continually progresses, and more drill bit shapes will emerge. Thus the uses for the 3 drill types described above have not yet been fully exhausted. Please contact us if you need to find a professional mounting service.

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