Things To Consider Before You Make Drainage Holes
Before you make drainage holes in pot materials with a power drill, it’s advisable to wear eye protection. Protective gloves are also recommended, especially if you want to use heat to create holes. Wear a dust mask to keep the particles flying around while you drill holes in the material from getting into your lungs. I’d also recommend bringing some old cloth or tissues with you to assist clean up any messes you might make while drilling. Let’s start to know the tips!
Tips To Make Drainage Holes In Plastic Pots
To make drainage holes in plastic is perhaps the simplest task. Plastic pots purchased from nurseries or garden centers may already have drainage holes marked on them. Simply puncture those lines with a sharp tool, such as a screwdriver, to reveal the drainage holes. If the plastic planters don’t already have drainage holes, use a screwdriver or a power drill to drill some. If you are using the drill, here are the steps:
- Place the pot on a solid surface with the bottom facing you if you’re planning to use a drill. You can use a tarp, plastic sheet, or newspaper to make cleaning the fallen plastic debris easier.
- Start drilling a hole at a modest speed, keeping the drill straight on top of the designated place. Make sure to keep one hand on the planter to keep it from moving.
- Gently press the drill into the plastic to keep it drilling a hole.
- To cool down the drill, you can stop and add a little water in between. If the plastic is particularly thick, this will assist.
- After you’ve drilled all of the holes, clean them up to get rid of any leftover plastic.
Tips To Make Drainage Holes In Wooden Pots
Another material that is simple to drill through is wood. Wooden pots purchased from a garden center may already have drainage holes. Drill drainage holes in the plastic planters with a power drill. Using a pencil, mark the locations of the drainage holes on the bottom of the planter. Here are the steps:
- Placing the pot on a firm surface with the bottom facing you is a good idea. Placing a tarp, plastic sheet, or newspaper beneath fallen wood waste makes cleaning it easier.
- Hold the drill straight on top of the indicated spot to begin drilling.
- Hold the planter in one hand to keep it from shifting. Start the drill so that it can dig a hole.
- Stopping the drill and adding water will cool it down. If the wood is thick, this is advantageous.
After you’ve drilled the holes, you can clean them up.
Tips To Make Drainage Holes In Ceramic Pots
Making drainage holes in a ceramic or terracotta pot can be difficult. Not only is the substance dense, but it is also fragile. The planter can be broken if you are not careful. The procedure is the same as for a wooden planter. To make drainage holes, you’ll need a power drill and a diamond drill bit. However, you must first apply some artist tape to the designated areas. Steps:
- Place the pot on a firm surface so you can get to the bottom. Hold the planter steady with one hand while drilling holes in it.
- To begin, set the drill bit at a 45-degree angle. Start the drill slowly and apply light pressure. This will assist it in drilling a hole through the material. Once it begins to cut a hole, slowly move the drill bit over the planter until it is straight.
- After a small amount of drilling has been completed, you should stop. Then, to cool the drill bit and hole, pour some water on them.
- After that, you can resume drilling. Carry on like this until you’ve drilled an entire hole.