Which drill bit for which Bolt?
What kind of drill bit should I use to drill out a bolt?
A common question we get when discussing carriage bolts is “What size drill bit do I use to drill a hole for a carriage bolt?” The answer is simple. Use the same size drill bit as the diameter of the bolt. If you are using a 1/2″ diameter bolt use a 1/2″ drill bit.
How do you know which drill bit to use?
The diameter of the hole you drill should be slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw. So, for example, if you’re using a 3.5 mm screw, use a drill bit with a diameter of 3 mm. If you’re using wall anchors as well as screws, the drill bit and anchors should have the same diameter.
Should drill bit be same size as Bolt?
If you are creating a pilot hole for a nail, the right drill bit is slightly smaller than the nail’s shank. If you are creating a pilot hole for a screw, the drill bit should be the same size as the body of the screw—not including the threads.
What size hole should I drill for a 3/8 bolt?
Most drill charts recommend a 5/16 drill for a 3/8-16 bolt. Cutting holes that are smaller will leave more material for the tap to cut out, risking tap breakage. Drilling larger holes will result in weaker threads, increasing the possibility of stripping them.
What kind of drill bits go through metal?
Cobalt drill bits are used for drilling hard metal and steel. They dissipate heat quickly and are highly resistant to abrasions, making them better for drilling into hard metals than black oxide- or titanium-coated drill bits.
What are cobalt drill bits?
What are cobalt drill bits? Cobalt bits are a combination of steel (or another alloy) mixed with a small percentage of cobalt, typically between 5 – 7%. Cobalt has a melting point of 1495°C and a boiling point of 2927°C, which makes it perfect for use at high temperatures.