What drill and bits are best for my installation?

You’ll need a good drill (or two, more on that below) to install your WamBam fence.  Drills are needed to:

  • Predrill holes into galvanized steel pipe anchor for screws
  • Drive screws through pipe anchor positioner and leveling donuts into pipe anchor
  • Drive screws through vinyl to secure posts to pipe anchor and rails to posts
  • Drive screws through vinyl to secure gate hardware (hinges, latch, pin, etc) or rail hardware (aluminum only)

Good Drills To Use:

You preferably want to use a high-quality cordless drill with an adjustable torque setting.  The higher voltage, the better.  Drills that say “4 volt” or “8 volt” are not sufficient.  Use a 12 volt, 18 volt or even 20 volt drill.  It’s best to avoid using a cheap drill, as they might not provide the best performance to accomplish the job. In addition to the voltage rating, it’s preferable to have a drill with a “high torque” setting.  This will give you enough torque to pre-drill holes into your pipe anchor where necessary.  Here’s an example of both a good and “sub-standard” drill:

Drills To Avoid:

Again, you’ll want to avoid using a “weak” drill (low volts).  You also want to avoid utilizing a hammer drill, or any drill that oscillates the head of the drill in a forward or backward motion as you are engaging the trigger. Using this kind of drill can allow for trouble when installing screws, as the motion of the drill can cause stripping of screws, as well as a higher likelihood that you can damage your drill bit.  Here’s what a hammer drill typically looks like:


Why More Than One Drill?

If you have help with you for your install (did you bribe any family or friends with pizza and cold beverages?) you might want a few drills available so you are not having to constantly change out your bits during your install.

Speaking Of Bits…

There’s 3 types of bit you’ll need to install our fence:

  1. 1/8″ drill bit.  This is for pre-drilling holes into pipe anchor for tek screws, which is not required but you’ll likely find it helpful.  Use a bit suitable to drill into galvanized steel, such as one with a cobalt blend.  A bit designed for wood is likely not strong enough!  See more info HERE.
  2. 5/16″ Hex head drill bit
  3. Phillips head drill bit