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Old 11-17-2014, 08:17 AM   #81
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Decided not to drill my tank this past weekend. It was just to cold out side. I was going to try to do it inside but just did get around to it. Had to clean my freshwater tanks. Maybe one day during the week i can take off work a couple of hours and get it done.

Received the overflow box and all the PVC pipe on Friday. Just got to get that tank drilled.


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Old 11-18-2014, 01:02 PM   #82
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Ok Paul, I am ready to drill my tank but I have a couple if questions. First, is your overflow box positioned at the top of your tank? Second, how far down is the main drain in comparison to the emergency drain? From the pics you posted it looks like about an inch.


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Old 11-18-2014, 01:16 PM   #83
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Ok Paul, I am ready to drill my tank but I have a couple if questions. First, is your overflow box positioned at the top of your tank? Second, how far down is the main drain in comparison to the emergency drain? From the pics you posted it looks like about an inch.


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Yes you are correct. My overflow box is flush against the plastic bracing on the top of the tank. The main drain is about an inch lower than the emergency drain. It doesn't have to be exact, but close to that is what I did. Main thing is that both bulkheads fit inside of the box without hitting each other or the overflow box. Remember don't apply pressure to the tank, let the weight of the drill do the work. Be steady and patient. Starting is the hardest part because the bit may try to slide around on you. Best to start the bit at a very slight angle. Good luck and happy drilling!
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Yes you are correct. My overflow box is flush against the plastic bracing on the top of the tank. The main drain is about an inch lower than the emergency drain. It doesn't have to be exact, but close to that is what I did. Main thing is that both bulkheads fit inside of the box without hitting each other or the overflow box. Remember don't apply pressure to the tank, let the weight of the drill do the work. Be steady and patient. Starting is the hardest part because the bit may try to slide around on you. Best to start the bit at a very slight angle. Good luck and happy drilling!

Ok thanks Paul. I will let you know how it goes afterwards.


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Ok thanks Paul. I will let you know how it goes afterwards.


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Old 11-18-2014, 02:24 PM   #86
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Ok Paul, here it is.
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Return hole drilled and bulkhead in place.
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Nice! Did it seem like it took forever? Lol
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[QUOT E=paul87;3094881]Nice! Did it seem like it took forever? Lol[/QUOTE]


Thanks. Yes it did seem like it took a long time. I think I was a little intimidated by it at first but once I started drilling I felt more comfortable. I actually liked drilling the holes. One thing I did wrong was I didn't drill the holes close enough to each other. The bulkheads touch the sides of the overflow box so I ordered a different overflow box to remedy that problem.



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Woot woot! I drilled my holes in my tank. I am so proud of myself. Now I have to put my plumbers hat on and get the plumbing done.


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