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Question DetailsAsked on 11/2/2015

Why is it difficult to drill a ceiling curtain rod on a concrete ceiling?

What kind of drill do we need to drill a celing curtain rod on concrete. Someone quoted me $140 for 1 window. It seems outragous to pay this kind of price. Would like to do it myself if I can hire the drill machine.

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Sounds like all you need is a drill and a drill motor of normal size. It is not hard to drill into concrete with a concrete bit and use small concrete anchors for the screws. Check with your local hardware store for advice on material you need.

Source: Poppy Ross

Answered 4 years ago by PoppyRoss


If you're only drilling a couple small holes then you can use a regular drill with a concrete bit. But go slow and take it easy on the drill; using a regular drill to drill into concrete can quickly burn a motor out. If you have more than a couple or are making larger holes then use a hammer drill.

Answered 4 years ago by DriverNerd


A little tricky cause your drilling up side down, use gargles to protect your eyes, use a masonary bit for concrete, if you hit a stone in the cement you can try to crack it with an awl and hammer, if that problem happens to often then youll need a hammer drill.

Answered 4 years ago by the new window man


A 1/4" electric drill or light-duty cordless drill would be a stretch - but a standard 3/8" drill should work fine, or if you don't have one can rent for about $10/day at a tool rental place, or buy at box/home improvement store for about $30-50.

The masonry bit (carbide) that they are talking about looks like this (shown is a vanadium coated one - cheaper ones will have silvery carbide tip for $5-15 bucks depending on size needed) - obviously, size to fit drywall anchors being used to install it - - also rentable but probably about as cheap to buy the bit probably.

The anchors you want would be like this for light-weight curtains with about 1/2" penetration into the floor -

or for heavy drapes or heavy solid metal rod drill in about 1 inch to install an expansion anchor like this -

Be sure the floor you are drilling into does not have in-floor heating pipes/tubing, and you should check with a circuit tracer and metal finder to be sure you don't drill into any electrical conduit or rebar - and of course if a rental place be sure you are allowed to do this - generally condos/rentals you are NOT allowed to drill into concrete walls or floors, or they require it be done by their normal contractor to minimize such risks.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD


OK - in looking back at my response to this question, I see the middle of the links has gone bad - here is a replacement link for the light-duty anchor type for concrete, the one previously at

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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