DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Windows and Doors > Can't drill in window wood, what now?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 07-01-2007, 08:32 AM  
bigb
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 1
Default Can't drill in window wood, what now?

Ok, we're trying to hang blinds on windows on our new "fixer upper". These are outside mounts. I put the brackets up and balanced them and marked where I should drill holes with a pencil. Then, without the brackets up, I started to drill the hole, so that the screws would go in easier for putting the brackets in.

But when I starting with the brackets, using a powerdrill, I'm at a point where I can't drill anymore, where the powerdrill doesn't seem powerful enough to finish drilling. The drill no longer catches in the screw and just twirls around, not screwing What do I do now?

Important note (maybe): I'm drilling in the wood of the window frame, as the window frame is for two windows. So I be drilling in the wall or inside mount instead?

Side, related questions:

I was going to do an inside mount, but the windows width was 33', which I couldn't find in a premade size at Home Depot or Lowe's. I could find 31, 32, 34, & 35, but no 33in. Is this normal?

I don't know what kids of wood the windows are. How can you tell different types of wood apart?



__________________
bigb is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-02-2007, 11:28 AM  
Eric_Duel
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1
Default

I would say stop drilling.

I'm having trouble picturing where exactly it is that you are trying to place the brakets. I have a feeling you may be drilling into a piece of metal though.

Depending on your style of window, you may have a retraction device which aids in lifting and keeping up each sash. If you look in the side jambs above each sash (pull the top one down) you might see a cord there which disappears into the top of the window. There's often a box inside the top of the windows which retracts those cords (much like a tape measure). Drilling through that box could destroy the mechanism.

A solution may be to raise the bracket higher on the moulding so as to avoid the box. The higher the better, but you can usually get away with 2" up.

You may have a different kind of window also, but these are pretty common and I wouldn't want you to do that kind of damage to your window.

Additionally, if you're drilling close to the jambs and they're metal covered, you may just be drilling through those.

__________________

Last edited by Eric_Duel; 07-02-2007 at 11:31 AM.
Eric_Duel is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-03-2007, 08:51 AM  
Square Eye
Senior Member
 
Square Eye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 1,273
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts

Default

I agree about the metal. Mounting in the corners, you may have hit a fastener or other strengthening bracket. Drilling through it could compromise the integrity of your window.

__________________

[URL="http://www.houserepairtalk.com/announcement.php?f=39&a=6"][size=3]The Ten Commandments of House Repair Talk[/size][/URL]



[URL="http://home.bellsouth.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=289528&ck="]Square Eye's home page[/URL]

Square Eye is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Rotten Wood on Casement Window - Repair or Replace? bosstone75 Windows and Doors 7 02-02-2009 09:29 AM
Best Windows? Vikeologist Windows and Doors 9 01-15-2009 12:07 PM
Predrilling into pressure treated wood. Engineering help ElevatedDeck General Home Improvement Discussion 3 03-23-2008 06:55 AM
Link for wood window repair jhstahl General Home Improvement Discussion 1 12-18-2007 03:38 PM
Replace Apartment Window Glass liudal Windows and Doors 0 09-12-2006 07:49 AM