Tip for Drilling Through Carpet

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Drilling through carpeted floors and the padding underneath can present a few challenges. The carpet fibers could unravel and wrap around the drill bit, potentially damaging the carpet and stalling the drill.

We’ve seen a few solutions to this problem, but here’s a tip that doesn’t require any special tools.

First, if drilling into concrete, be sure to use a masonry bit. Heat the bit with a candle or lighter, so it “cauterizes” or melts the carpet fibers as it goes through them.

No more unraveling carpet!

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. Hi, I didn’t tune in early enough to see the “metal sheet on the back side of kitchen cabinet doors, but looked at it here on site. I love the idea of being able to put magnetic backed items, hidden from site on the backs of the doors. DANGER: Don’t use the small button magnets to hold up notes, appt cards, or business cards where they may become loose and fall into mixing bowls of batter, meat loaf, or anything that would mix the magnet in and become ingested when eating the prepared food. Deadly! Best advice: Don’t put anything on the door including attaching hardware for the metal sheet or small button magnets, that is smaller than your elbow, as they say about sticking things in your ear. Another adage: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. A disclaimer, at least on the website, might be considered. Like I said, I didn’t get to see that part on TV and maybe you already did warn your public, but I don’t see anything here on the website. I’m looking forward to attaching some metal on my cabinet door and get all of those appt cards, little kitchen measurement equivalents cards, etc. , out of the crack of the doors frame and panel that continually fall down and into things. Suggest butterfly clip magnets or magnetic hooks. — Good show! —- Thanks! —- M.K.


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