Sometime ago I bought a reasonably expensive cordless drill. The lock-and-load of slapping on new batteries gave it the illusion of military precision. Bit it was in fact a weapon of mass destruction - of any wall I tried to drill into. It proved utterly incapable of making a simple hole in the walls of our modest Edwardian semi without generating an unacceptable degree of collateral damage. We had a carpenter working on the house recently, and when I asked him why he had no problems at all, he patiently explained to me that cordless drills are fine for wood; but for masonry you have to have the unfaltering power of a corded drill. And a decent set of drill bits.
My manhood suitably reduced by this easy revelation of my DIY naivity, I followed his advice via Amazon. At first I toyed with the professional end of the corded drill market: I'd have paid almost anything to be able to put up a coathook without having to redecorate the entire wall. But the reviews for this drill were so glowing I took a risk.
And my, how life was transformed. I had also bought some highly recommended yet modestly priced masonry drill bits, and together they turned me into a finely tuned drilling machine. No fuss, no mess, no sweat: this is a neat, effective drill that seems able to cope with anything. Even my incompetence.