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    Quote Originally Posted by KingFisher
    Excellent info Cliff! I was always curious about how people did that.
    Same here, great job Cliff!
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    That is a great write up Cliff!
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    You are a man of many skills Cliff, Thank's for documenting them for the rest of us.

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    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

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    Great write up Cliff! I was researching this very thing not 4 days ago!
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    Very nice article and great photo's. One thing that should be added to the water is a single drop of dishwashing detergent – this improves both the cutting and removal of debris and is recommended by diamond drill companies. They also say that you should start the drilling with water.

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    Good points Cermet

    Sounds like you've worked with similar material before

    I had orginally thought about adding the water first. I did it that way on my practice pc of glass but I found it easier to start a grove for the bit before adding the water. When I tested that approach on the practice glass, the bit nor the glass got very hot at all. The trick is not to drill to much before adding the water, just enough of a grove for the bit to catch and nothing more (about 1/16th of a inch or less). I guess you just need to go with the method you are most comfortable with.

    I also read a lot about using / adding different types of lubricants to the water to extend the life of the bit. When I looked into them, I could not determine if they were aquarium safe or not so I played it safe and did not use any of them. I was way too neverous about having any dishwashing soap residue in the tank so I skipped it.

    If you could have running water over the cutting area, that would likely be best. I just thought with my luck the drill would get a slash of water either shorting out the drill or giving me a shock
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    Best tutorial I've seen so far, including videos i've seen on youtube. One question though as I am currently getting things together to build an overflow on my 55gal. How much for the the hole saw? :) I'm looking for a good deal on one as my local hardware store wants a few hundred dollars for one. Unfortunate because i used to have an amazing connection on all things glass and acrylic.

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    Prices will range based on were you are and the size of the hole. Were I live, a 1' to 1.5" can range from $100 to $150 and 1/2' to 1" can range from $60 to $100

    You can find better deals on E-bay, just make sure its a diamond bit
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    Great Article mate..... I'd like to try that myself, if i can ever find a drill bit like that! Althought, at that cost, wouldn't it be cheaper to get someone to do it?
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    I guess it would depend on the going rates in your area. For me, the cost of buying the bit was only ~$10 cheaper than getting it done. But now, the next time I want to drill a tank, I don't have to pay for anything.
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