Discussion in 'Reef Aquarium Articles and How To's' started by Rustynuts, Nov 9, 2008.
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Anybody ever drill the back pane of a 75/120 gallon AGA/Aqueon?
I saw on youtube a guy made a circle with plumbers potty, the filled in the circle with water as lubricant / coolant. He drilled with a diamond cutting bit. Took like 20 mins, but went through.
One thing I have always done, is place a circle of plumbers putty around the hole saw so that you can fill it up with water, thus, cooling the hole saw while you drill. I found it makes it quicker too
whats a good way to get rid of the sharp edge left from the drilling?
We usually cover up the hole with a bulkhead so we never saw any need to get rid of the sharp edges? If you absolutely must do it though, perhaps you could use some fine sandpaper?
+1. Just slap the bulkhead over it, it will be fine.
Another thing to add, that if you do not have a guide plate (I didn't when I drilled mine), a few pieces of masking or duct tape over your target will make it much easier to get started.
I just drilled 4 holes in one of those old school oceanic tanks. That tank had glass thicker than grandmas glasses!!! Took FOREVER!!!! Anyway, +1 on the bulkhead to cover sharp edges.
Also if you need to make a guide plate you can just take a 2"x4" and cut a hole with a wood hole saw that is just a tad larger than your glass cutting bit. Then use that as a guide plate to get the hole started on the glass.
getting ready to do this for a refugium (30L). Ordered drill bit and bulkheads today. Thanks for the info!
I found this video that is excellent reference as well.
he shows how to drill later in the video
YouTube - Reef Tank D.I.Y. Sump part 1
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