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Old 10-27-2005, 06:56 PM   #1
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New member of the glass drilling club!

I was so happy that I had to share. I just finished drilling my 15 gal fuge for another drain. A guy at the LFS drilled one already but I wanted a back-up. So I tried it myself. I used a Craftsman diamond point bit (P/N 953137) chucked in my drill. Took about 40 minutes.
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Old 10-29-2005, 02:21 PM   #2
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Old 10-29-2005, 10:09 PM   #3
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It's really not too bad as long as you go slow.
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Old 10-30-2005, 11:13 AM   #4
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Did you have a drill press or a hand drill?
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Old 10-31-2005, 07:54 AM   #5
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I started out with a dremel knock-off that was cordless. The battery didn't last long so I finished it with a hand drill. If you have access to a dremel that plugs in to an outlet I would recommend this. Another tip I did to help was put several layers of packaging tape across the inside of the glass. This should give it a little strength. I also clamped a water hose near the hole to flow a little water across where you drill.
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Old 10-31-2005, 01:31 PM   #6
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I may be tempted to try it on some 10 gallons eventually. I built my aquarium stand to accommodate a couple 10 gallons above the main tank, but haven't plummed anything together yet.
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I wouldn't have tried it on say my 90 gal but I did on my 15 gal fuge. Worst case scenario may cost you $10 but don't be frightened. It's not that bad.
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Old 11-01-2005, 10:14 AM   #8
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I'll have to decide when I go saltwater if I dare drill the 75. If I could convince my husband, I wouldn't mind keeping the 75 freshwater and buying a reef ready 75 for salt. I think though that economics of space will force me to either drill or risk an overflow box.
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I purchased a reef ready 90 gal to replace my undrilled 90. I wasn't brave enought to drill it.
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Probably a smart move. Did you check to see how much a glass company would charge you to drill it?
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