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I think I`ll drill my tank tomorrow

Discussion in 'General (Hobby Related)' started by xroads, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper GIRS Member Sponsor

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    For you drilling experts, do you turn your dremel as slow as it will go?
     
  2. Guest

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    What kind of bit are you using? You don't want to run the diamond bits at a very high rpm, as the metal expands and you can actually lose the diamonds.
     
  3. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper GIRS Member Sponsor

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    I was just going to pick up a couple tile bits
     
  4. Waverz

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    I usually have my dremel running pretty fast like at 8 out of 10, i figure if the bit lasts me 3-4 holes i got my 10 bucks worth out of it....
    Remember to keep cold water running on it as you cut and you will be fine.  Also, trace the bulkhead with a sharpie and cut on the outside of the line, if you cut the hole too small it can be a real PITA to get it to the right size.
    Happy drilling!
     
  5. Philby

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    If you have the time to wait for them to ship - I'd recommend ordering some diamond hole saws from eBay...especially if you've got "thicker" glass (not sure what size tank you're doin this with).

    As Ryan and I can attest to, drilling 3/8" glass with a dremel SUCKS...but is doable! (took us 2+ hours to drill 2 - 1 1/2" bulkhead holes (about 2" hole) and 1 2" bulkhead hole (2 3/8" hole))

    As far as the speed - the bit will usually have a suggested RPM on the package...
     
  6. Waverz

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    Philby, where you guys using used bits or something? I drilled a 125 a few months ago, it had 3/8" glass and took about 10 minutes.....maybe.

     
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    seanndenise1 Inactive User

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    i was thinking last night about what would be a good post so i can win those 5 free frags, im not gonna win but i think a good title for a post would be reef tank related tool for loan.
    of course they would only be loaned to girs members or someone whos been around for a long time but just isnt a member.

    for instance i have a glass bit for 1-1/2 bulkheads that cost me 6 bucks, i would mail it to someone as long as they were a mermber or someone who has a member speak up for them.

    of course nobody is going to loan out their 850.00 miter saw, but a 6 dollar drillbit, no problem.

    if you thought you had something you could loan out just post it in there.
     
  8. Philby

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    Waverz - the bits were brand new - but perhaps we got the wrong ones? or maybe our technique was incorrect??
     
  9. Waverz

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    Hard to say man, i use a lot of water and run the dremel at almost max speed, i drill a hole in the tank first then cut the hole rather than drill it.
     
  10. DavidM199

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    Craig don't mess it up or you will have to give me that tang and maybe that angel too!!! If you need help with anything man i am here
     
  11. got2lb Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

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    Hey man if you aren't in a hurry maybe we could do it next saturday at our get together? I know i've never seen it done and would love to.
     
  12. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper GIRS Member Sponsor

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    You know that is a good idea. Maybe I will just drill the 4 for the over flow tomorrow & get the overflow done & we can drill all the reurns on sat night.
     
  13. Guest

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    We used narrow diamond bits because we weren't sure which tile bit everyone refers to. They took a long, long time.

    I have diamond holesaws for bulkheads for 1.5" and less. They work ridiculously well, but nothing near big enough for what philby needed. Got the job done, though.
     
  14. Waverz

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    Here is a link to the ones i use.

    http://www.dremel.com/en-us/attachments-and-accessories/attachment-accessory-detail.htm?H=188549&G=66357&I=66360
     
  15. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper GIRS Member Sponsor

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    1 down, 9 to go. Took about 15 minutes or so. Kinda surprised me when the last 1/4 inch broke & it fell in. I am now no longer worried about having a pool table in the same room. The top brace was about 15 inches wide & shaded too much light so I was taking it out. I had to wack it pretty hard several times with a hammer to get it to crack.
     
  16. tibbs2

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    Wow! You removed your center brace? Your balls are definitely bigger than mine own!
     
  17. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper GIRS Member Sponsor

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    I am going to add 4 strips of glass back into it. I ordered them 1 inch wide. I think the 15 inches on a 72 inch tank was a little over kill. I hated the shadow it left. Only the front glass will be viewable so I thought about screwing a brace from the back right into the wall.

    BTW 1 tile bit will drill about 2 holes b4 it sux
     
  18. Guest

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    so we get to view some of the drilling / hole creating at the hangout poker thing?
     
  19. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper GIRS Member Sponsor

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    Ill save1 hole. That takes long enough!
     
  20. DavidM199

    DavidM199 Inactive User

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    If you are going to crack your tank, atleast make it be the one that we are all watching you cut!!!!! /site/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/_default/emoticons/smile.gif
     

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