Screw into Concrete Wall

There are many reasons why you might want to screw into concrete. Maybe you’re hanging a picture or shelf, or attaching a bracket to support something heavy. Whatever it is, if you don’t have access to an electric drill, then you’re going to need another way to make the hole.

Screw into a Concrete Wall without a Drill

Use a Hammer and Cold Chisel

Hammer and cold chisel When you screw into concrete, you will need to use a hammer and cold chisel. A cold chisel is a pointed metal tool that is used to break up hard materials such as stone or concrete.

To use the cold chisel, place it on top of your screw and strike it with a hammer. You should aim for the area where the head of the screw would be if you were using a drill. The amount of force needed to drive the screw depends on how far into the wall it is going.

If it is only going halfway into the concrete, then you should not have much trouble driving it in with just your hands.

Use a Hammer and Masonry Bit

Hammer and masonry bit If you have an old masonry bit lying around somewhere, then this is your best option for getting the job done quickly and easily. Use a hammer drill and screw into the concrete by hand until the bit reaches its full depth inside of the hole.

The tool will do most of the work for you here as long as you use plenty of pressure and don’t give up too early!


Use a Hammer and Drill Bit (A Big One)

Hammer and drill bit You can screw into concrete with a bit but it has to be a special bit. This should be easy enough to find at any hardware store. If you don’t want to spend money on this tool, though, here’s another way: Use something that’s already in your house. A really big nail or screw will do the trick.

You can also use a piece of steel pipe with a smooth exterior surface and a diameter wide enough to accept the screw or nail head.

Start by drilling a hole in the concrete wall with your drill bit or whatever else you’re using. Make sure it’s deep enough so that the screw will go all the way through when it’s inserted from the other side.

Now insert your screw or nail through the opening in the wall as far as it will go — at least three inches — then turn it 90 degrees and push it back out through another hole near where it came out of the first one. This step ensures that there won’t be any gaps between the screw head and the surface of your wall where water could get trapped behind it when it rains outside.

Use an Awl or Nail Set

Nail set If you want to hang something that’s relatively lightweight, such as a picture or mirror, you can use a hammer and screwdriver. However, if you want to hang something heavy or need to drive screws into concrete walls, use an awl (also known as a nail set) instead.

It’s designed specifically for this purpose, and it has a pointed tip that allows you to make pilot holes in concrete.

You can buy them at any home improvement store or hardware store. They come in different sizes depending on the diameter of screws you want to use — just be sure that whatever size you buy is compatible with your screw type.

Use a Concrete Drill Bit

Concrete drill bit If you’re not drilling into concrete, you can use any type of screw. However, if you’re drilling into concrete, you need to use a special drill bit.

Concrete drill bits are made of hardened steel and have a diamond-coated tip. The tip is designed to cut through concrete, so it doesn’t get dull as easily as other types of drill bits.

Concrete screws are also made of hardened steel, but they don’t have a diamond coating on the tip like concrete drill bits do. This means that they’ll work better with standard metal screws than with concrete screws.


Use an Electric Impact Driver/Screwdriver with a Screw Tip Attachment

Electric impact driver The best way to drive screws into concrete is with an electric impact driver/screwdriver, which uses rotational energy instead of torque to drive screws into hard materials such as steel and wood.

This tool also generates less friction than standard screwdrivers and can make it easier for you to get your screws in place before they are too tight or stripped out at the head.


Final Thoughts

A common dilemma of DIYers is how to screw into concrete walls without a drill. This can be very frustrating for those who don’t have access to power tools, especially if you’re just getting started with DIY projects.

The aforementioned tips will help you successfully put screws into concrete walls without the use of a drill!