8 Types of drill bit that every DIYer needs in their toolkit

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What types of drill bit do I need for my next DIY project? It sounds like a simple question, but it isn’t. There are a whole host of drill bits for different jobs and you need to be using the right one for the job or you'll damage your tool.

If you are looking to drill into wood, masonry, metal, ceramic or plastic you need the best cordless drill and the right drill bit. Choose a wood drill bit to drill into brick and it simply won't work. Choose the wrong wood drill bit for a woodworking project and it won’t do what you want. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.