How to avoid dust when drilling in the ceiling

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When you have drilled holes in the ceiling before, you know how your floor looks like when you've finished drilling - not to mention your hair.

In commerce you can find several dust collecting tools, ranging from plastic bubbles all the way up to tiny drill dust collecting vacuum cleaners. But let's keep it simple and cheap. Take a piece of paper, scissors and some Scotch tape and make one yourself in less than a minute.
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Step 1:

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Start with the ingredients:
- a piece of paper
- scissors
- scotch tape

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Cut the paper to get a form like the one on the picture. No need to take measurements, it can be very rough.

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Prepare a few pieces of Scotch tape because you'll need both hands later on.

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Take your power drill (fix the bit first!) and fold the paper around the drill to form a kind of funnel. The bottom of the funnel should almost close, around a non-moving part of your drill.

Close the funnel with a piece of tape.

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Stick the bottom of the "funnel" to the drill with a few pieces of tape - it's easier to attach a few short pieces instead of one long. Make sure that it's completely sealed and no dust can fall through.

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Start drilling. All the dust will fall into the funnel and, when finished drilling, you can dispose of it in the waste bin.

No vacuum cleaner and no shampoo required. Happy drilling!

Note: when you have to drill a hole in the wall, it's even much easier with this design.
omnistructable10 months ago
The dust will get into the chuck and grind the parts inside the chuck. Rather put a dust collector around the drill bit.
1hotpilot3 years ago
This is OK for occasional use by a homeowner but be cautious. It will wear your drill out much faster than normal if you use the technique while you make a living. Each hole you drill will embed some of the sheetrock dust in the drill's front bearing (& the chuck). This turns the grease into a grinding compound, which wears out the bearing.
I utilize an empty yogurt cup or other small plastic dairy cup that I first drill a hole in the bottom center with the bit I am using. An empty soda bottle bottom trimmed to size also works well with even larger hole saws up to 4" in diameter.
Hey, clever!
Depending on the size of the hole being drilled, a dab of toothpaste or shaving cream can catch the particles too.