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How to drill into metal studs

Updated February 21, 2017

Steel studs are common in some homes, particularly newer ones, though they're not as common as wood studs. Drilling into them is very similar to drilling into wood studs. They just take a little more time and patience. This is a task that can be completed by any homeowner with some carpentry experience.

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  1. Begin at one end of the stud and slowly move the finder to the end to determine just how wide it is. Mark the direct centre of the stud with a pencil so it is clearly visible.

  2. Place a centre punch directly on the mark of the pencil and hammer down slightly on it to dent the stud.

  3. Connect the desired size drill bit. This may vary slightly depending on the size hole wanted. Push the bit up against the mark and turn on the drill. Press down firmly to force the bit through the wall and into the stud.

  4. Pull the drill away from the hole. Attach a Phillips head bit and connect a screw to it. Insert the screw into the predrilled hole. Repeat this process for each stud that needs to be drilled through.

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Things You'll Need

  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Center point
  • Drill bit
  • Phillips head drill bit
  • Pencil
  • Hammer

About the Author

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.

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