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Old 09-09-2004, 11:01 AM   #1
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Dremel tools and drilling bulkheads

Do anyone have any good websites for showing pics and such of using a dremel and drilling bulkheads? I am planning on drilling a small fuge tank this weekend and would like to read more about this. Cant seem to find any decent websites on this topic...maybe Im just not searching the right word or phrase....
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Old 09-09-2004, 11:41 AM   #2
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For my bulk heads that I put in Acrylic I just used a regular hole saw, just cut half way from each side.
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Old 09-09-2004, 12:04 PM   #3
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My tank is glass....I just need to know the basics of cutting glass as I have NO experience!! sure wish this was acrylic!!
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I suggest taking it to a professional glass cutter. They have the tools and expertise. Less chance of breakage.
The side you want to cut isn't tempered glass, right?

If you decide to go it alone, post the results.
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Old 09-09-2004, 01:18 PM   #5
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Well heres the deal...The tank cost me $15...The ONLY glass company that will cut it for me is charging $45...I can buy the dremel at least for $45!! PLUS he said they do not guarentee the cut. I really think I can do this as long as I take it slow as some have done...
On the question....you asked if the side I want to cut is tempered??? I thought all sides to a tank were either glass or acrylic???
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Old 09-09-2004, 02:04 PM   #6
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Usually only the bottom of the tank s tempered. Ig it is there should be a sticker of some sort saying tempered. If the tank is small it is probaby not tempered. Tempered glass will shatter if it drilled.
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Well I have thought about drilling a 10 or 20 gallon...still setting this thing up in my mind...I assume since others have drilled their small tanks, mine would be the same..however....its me thats drilling!! ok it will shatter!!
I dont remember seeing a sticker that says tempered...I think I will ask the people I bought it from.
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Old 09-09-2004, 03:22 PM   #8
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here check out my reefclub. We drill tanks all of the time very easy. I drilled 3 1" bulkheads in my 20 gallon

www.sv-sea.org feel free to email Jim he will answer any of your questions.
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Old 09-09-2004, 03:48 PM   #9
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I just drilled two holes a week or two ago with a Dremel....it is ridiculously easy. I did it on a 16g tank, for a 1" drain and 1/2" return. If you are interested, I took pictures, I just have not sized them for the internet yet...but could do so this evening.

Here is the thread I learned from though. The instructions are there but the pictures are gone. It is so easy though, it is ridiculous to pay anyone else to do it.
http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...emel+and+glass

Work the diamond bit up and down (in and out, however you want to describe it), and the glass grinds away smoothly. Going slow, it took me about a half hour per hole.
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Thanks to both CBR Guy and Hoopsguru...this is encouraging for sure!! I think I can do this as well now. I know what i need and will go see if I can buy it tonight. Will keep you posted.
Can you do this with a regular drill and not a dremel I assume?
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