Catch Debris With A Basketball When Drilling Into The Ceiling

Catch Debris With A Basketball When Drilling Into The Ceiling

Drilling into the ceiling to install light fixtures or fans can be a messy ordeal. Debris can end up all over the ladder and floor which adds an extra step to clean up. This simple trick keeps the debris contained and is especially useful when drilling multiple holes.

Deflate an old or unused basketball and cut it in half along the seam with a utility knife. Then drill a 1.25cm hole into the centre of one half of the ball and insert your hole saw mandrel. The ball will catch the debris and prevent it from falling on your face or the floor.

Check out the video in the link below to see the basketball debris catcher in action.

Basketball Debris Shield [Fine Homebuilding]


    • I guess the idea is that the basketball will flex and let you push the drill into the ceiling where the ice cream container won’t

      • Or just use a plastic cup? Cut it to about 1 cm short and you can still drill in, and (if translucent) still see where to drill the hole.

  • This probably doesn’t work too well if you actually need to see where you’re drilling…..

    • On the plus side, you’ll always know afterwards – just look for the huge rubber skidmarks on the ceiling.

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