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    We drilled the tank!!!

    Well today Barry C came over and we got to drilling my tank we well ok barry drilled two 1 1/2 in holes for my return and two 3/4 in holes for a closed loop. Here's a couple picks

    1: front look with bulkheads in white are the 1 1/2 and black are the 3/4 in.
    Stephen

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    And here's a close up on the left side.....
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    Looking good. You are braver than me to do that yourself :-)

    Will you be adding any overflows to the tank? If so, which holes will be inside the overflow(s) and which outside them/it?
    Nick

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    There will be a overflow over each 1 1/2 in (white) bulkhead and the 3/4 in (black) are going to be outside with strainers for a closed loop.
    Stephen

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    Very Cool!
    So... did you sweat when the drill first started on the glass?
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Yup I was really scared!!
    Stephen

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    Give us a step-by-step procedure. I am thinking of doing the same with my 180 gallon tank. Did you cut half way through and then finish the cut from the other side? What did you use and how? Give us some details, please.

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    Well we used barry's drimal took with a carbide bit. We chose where the hole were going to go taking into account overflow boxes. Then we used a sharpie marker and traced the inside of the gasket of the bulkhead. I put a bucket under the place where the hole's were going to catch the water. Then started a hole on a 45 degree angle ( always spraying water on the bit while doing this) once he got threw then he basicly sawed moved the drimal up and down sawing through the glass all the way around. It took about an hour and a hafe with set up to get four hole done give or take.
    Stephen

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    My Dad and I drilled 3 holes in his 33 gallon tank to hold a 1" bulk head, and two 3/4" bulk heads. It was nerve wraking for the first hole, but after that you kind of get the hang of it. We also used a dremel with Mastercraft dimond tipped bit's that we found at Canadian Tire. Like you say we continualy sprayed the bit with water to keep it cool. It's really not that hard (we have never done anything like it before, only read about it). Just calm your nerve's, and have patients, it's not a fast process.

    Colby
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    Good stuff Stevy, you'll have to post a few pics when you got er all up and running ..Or do you already. I'll give you guys a call when I finally settle down and upgrade from the 75 to a monster like that
    Take er easy
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