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Postby Steven mc » Tue Jan 22, 2013 2:32 pm

Hi guys,
I'm having night mares thinking about having to drill holes in 2 tanks in the next few days,
I've never done it before or even seen it done apart from youtube, I need to drill 4 holes in
2 tanks for externals to fit as the braces on the tanks go right around the edge.
Any advice in what to do and not to do?

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Re: Drilling glass

Postby Clare » Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:34 pm

I have seen and heard from the horses mouth what a gamble this is. Is there not a glass smith you can get to come round and do it for you?
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Re: Drilling glass

Postby Graham » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:39 pm

It's a very scary thing to do for the first time. I've done it loads of times now, well 20 or 30 times, on small tanks for fry racks and £5 second hand tanks shops have been throwing out. 100% success rate so far but I've still never had the balls to drill a large expensive tank.

You need to keep it cool and the best way to do this is to trickel water over the surface you are cutting through - almost essential in fact. If drilling through the base just put a few millimetres of water in the bottom.

Because of this, always use a cordless drill. Water and electricity is not a good combination. Don't know how much of a kick you'ld get from an cordless drill, might not be pleasant but I'd think much less dangerous than plugging into the mains.

Don't try to start the cut without a guide. Best way is to cut a hole as a template in a piece of plywood, clamp (or tape) this firmly in place and use this as your guide.

Don't force things by pushing down on the drill - just let the weight of the drill do the work and for God's sake check it is not on a hammer setting. Use a slow speed if the drill has speed settings and a low torque if you have torque settings so it doesn't snatch if it jams.

Slow but sure is the key to success.

If you can lay your hands on a piece of old float glass to practise on it will do wonders for your confidence.

Finally, make sure you have some clean underwear on standby.
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Re: Drilling glass

Postby Tony » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:45 pm

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Re: Drilling glass

Postby Steven mc » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:21 am

Hi guys,
All tanks now drilled, it was easy I thought, It was a bit scary to start with
but it went smoothly, only had to do 4 holes

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Re: Drilling glass

Postby Clare » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:09 am

Thats great. :tu:

Glad it went well.
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