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    Hole Drilling - Success

    Well I fnally grew some @#$% and drilled my tank. Well I drilled a hole in a 20 gallon and it went without a hitch.It only took about 20 minutes to a half hour. So smooth. The key is to definally use alot of water. Keep that bit cool. Now i'm going to mark out on my 75 and start that soon. Much easier than I thought. I took pic's of some of the steps. Still pretty shocked that I never broke it!!!!! :biggrinbo
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    Mike Philpott

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    Could you post these pics please and tell what kind of equipment you have used and what was the cost for it? Thank you very much!!!

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    A-1 Mike ... Where there's a will there's a way. Glad it worked out for you.
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    Zeke I'll post them tomorrow. Getting ready for bed.


    I was pretty nervous Rob till it actually started to cut. Aweful noise thou. :thumb:
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    Mike Philpott

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    Are we talking Dremel or Glass bits Mike?
    Rob

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    kewl mike yeah its real intimidating before you staret but once your through its a breeze im setting up the 66 to drill shortly
    Craig

    Tank: 77gal reef, deltec AP600 skimmer, 440W VHO lighting.
    Livestock:Coral beauty, Tomato Clown, Yellow Tang, magenta dottyback, 3 stripe damsel, yellow tail damsel, coral banded shrimp

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    Does this mean there's a new horizon awaiting for you Mike, are you going to open for business soon? Hopefully I'll be needing a few holes cut in the future, it's just will I have a short drive or a long one. Congrats on the success, now go wipe the sweat off your brow, I bet it was nerve racking!lol
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    On a side note, how can you tell if a tank has a tempered bottom and has the ability to be drilled! Is it something you can tell by sight or is there a secret!
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    Originally posted by One Salty Dog
    Are we talking Dremel or Glass bits Mike?
    Rob
    I used a dremel with a round diamond bit and touched it up with a cylindrical diamond bit.
    Cheers,
    Mike Philpott

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    Originally posted by mpleleaf
    On a side note, how can you tell if a tank has a tempered bottom and has the ability to be drilled! Is it something you can tell by sight or is there a secret!
    You can't drill tempered glass, so We emailed the company who makes the tank and asked them if it was tempered or not.

    If you have a Hagen tank, the lady from the company told me that none of their tanks are tempered.
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    Mike Philpott

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