Stucco is a kind of plaster that is used by many people for their house’s outer walls. The plaster uses a type of cement known as Portland Cement to form its base and is therefore relatively affordable as well.
Moreover, stucco is extremely durable, holds in color well, and is also resistant to fire. It can be applied to just about any surface. However, many of its users do not know how to drill into stucco, and as a result, the stucco is often cracked at various places.
If you are looking for a solution, then you have come to the right place. Because we are about to discuss with you the multiple steps you will need to follow if you want to drill a hole in your stucco properly.
How to Drill into Stucco
Let’s get right into the actual process.
- Mark the Stucco
Before you get started on drilling into your stucco, you will have to mark the various areas you would like to drill into. When doing so, you ought to keep in mind that the drilled holes should be at equal distances from each other.
To ensure this, take a measuring tape, and by starting from the ground and moving upwards, make a mark on the spot you would like to drill a hole into with a pencil.
Repeat the same procedure but this time starting from the spot that you just marked and then make another spot after moving the same distance up to your tape.
- Equip Your Drilling Machine with a Masonry Bit
When drilling into stucco, having a masonry bit attached to your hammer drill is an absolute must since these bits are specifically made for drilling into tough planes such as stucco and concrete.
What is even better is that these bits are available in various sizes, so you get to choose how big or small of a hole you would like to drill into your stucco.
- Drill into the Mark You Made
When getting prepared to make a hole in your stucco, place the tip of your drilling machine against the mark that you previously made on the wall.
Now hold the machine in place by applying a little bit of pressure to the rear end (the end which is towards you) of the drill. This will ensure that your machine doesn’t budge away from the designated mark.
Push the trigger of the drill to activate it, and you will soon be able to see the bit of your drill going farther into the stucco, forming a hole in it.
You may continue to drill until you feel like you have reached a good enough depth, and then put the drill in reverse mode to start drilling in the opposite direction and come out of the stucco.
- Apply Caulk
Once the drilling machine is out of the hole, you will have to check it carefully to see if there are any parts that seem to be peeling apart or not. In most cases, the only reason you will not get a clean cut through your stucco is if it is integrated with wire mesh inside.
However, this problem can also be solved by just applying some stucco caulk to the affected area. You will be able to purchase caulk at any local hardware store, and it is also very affordable, so keeping one at hand, especially if you use stucco for plaster, is highly recommended.
To apply the adhesive to your stucco, insert the tube of caulk into a caulk gun and then move it towards the broken area so that the spout of the caulk tube is directly above it. Apply some pressure to the trigger to push it, and you should be able to see caulk being applied to the stucco by the tube outlet.
Knowing the process of drilling into stucco also comes with a lot of responsibilities. Therefore you should be aware of some of the safety protocols that you would have to take instead of jumping right into the job.
- Wear Safety Equipment
Since you will be the one to deal with the stucco firsthand, your safety matters the most. Drilling into the plaster will result in a lot of stray bits and pieces of the stucco flying around, and if you are not careful enough, some of these might even come in contact with your eyes.
Before you start drilling, be sure to put on a pair of safety goggles as well as ear protection since the whole process tends to be rather noisy.
- Be Sure to Check the Building Plan
You should check your building plan to prevent yourself from accidentally drilling into the water line or even an electric wire. If you do not have them with you at the moment, make arrangements to get them first and then start on your work.
- Be Aware of What You Are Capable of
As mentioned before, stucco is a very durable and tough form of plaster, and not having any prior expertise when drilling into it might be a bit dangerous for beginners. If you are not feeling confident with your drilling game when you work with stucco, it would be wiser to hire professional help.
- Know What Base Your Stucco Uses
While cement-based stuccos are more common and also fall on the stronger side of the spectrum, acrylic stuccos, albeit also fairly widely used, have weaker bases than their cement counterparts.
Before you start using your stucco wall for anything at all, be sure to check which base it uses since hanging heavy stuff for long periods on your acrylic stucco will cause the hole drilled in it to become larger. As a result, water will accumulate in the hole, and mold will cultivate from there.
By following the steps described above, you will know how to drill into stucco in no time. Remember to do some more research on what safety precautions you might need to follow before putting these steps to practical use.
We hope today’s article was able to help you gain a much clearer idea of the topic. Thank you for reading till the end!