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Old 06-17-2005, 01:34 AM   #11
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In most tanks if they have tempered glass its the bottom only.. I dont think Ive heard of a side that was tempered before. I would get a different brand tank..
The replacing the piece of glass Idea came from thinking your source of tanks might be all tempered. ie.. they cant be drilled..yuck!!

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Old 06-20-2005, 11:21 AM   #12
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Is the cracked 10g pictured in your stand thread the tank you speak of here, lost? I think tempered glass shatters completely, so I think you're okay on that front. Are you going to practice on the other three sides? Just a guess, but did you use 7134 bit and plenty of water? My first hole took ~15 minutes working alone since I had to keep stopping to saturate the tip, fwiw. When I drilled glass for the second time (for a patch), the first hole only took a few minutes, because drilling down kept the water in place much better than drilling sideways

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Old 06-20-2005, 12:37 PM   #13
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tempered glass will shatter into many small pieces of glass that have edges that are not sharp (well not incredibly sharp). the pieces are more rounded and do not have the razor sharp edges that are typical of non-tempred glass breakage.

non-tempered glass will shatter into shards of glass that have very sharp edges and points. typically, windows are made out of non-tempered glass, so if you have ever seen a house window broken, you will recognize the shards of glass that result.

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greenmagi - the complete tank is tempered glass... or was anyway. I like the idea of replacing the one pane of glass. But it's a little too late now. I have already practiced on all 4 sides and they all broke. but it's tempered, so what can I expect? Don't drill tempered glass. I don't know the original source or brand of the tank. I got them from my sister-in-law and she had them for who knows how long.

czcz - yes it is the same tank pictured in the other thread. Those pictures were taken prior to the original drilling attempt. Shattered into a billion pieces. All sides even. And to prove that I didn't learn a thing really, the other tank seen in the pics is a 5.5 gallon that was to be used as a sump for the 10 gallon was attempted on too. Same thing happened to that tank. But I am not done. I will find a tank with non-tempered glass to build an external overflow upon.

Both of those tanks have been around for a while. I wonder how old they really were and if it is/was common practice to construct tanks from tempered glass. Does anyone know? Or does anyone know how to tell by looking at a tank if it is tempered or not?
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I read, it is extremely important to go very slow, do not apply any pressure, just use the weight of the drill, use a low rpm and a good coolant (water, vinegar or radiator fluid).
radiator fluid is the best.
try not to even use the weight of the drill, let the bit do the work..
as for rpm, if u can get a variable, sweet, have the bit only just crawling around,
like say 60 rpm if that. probably even less.
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