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Old 23 September 2003, 12:07   #1
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Drilling a hole !!

Hi Chaps, I'm just about to install a cigarette lighter socket having finally found a waterproof one at less than a "2nd mortgage" price. Anyway, I'm sighting it on the centre console which of course is fiberglass. Can I use a simple 25mm wood bit on a high speed drill to cut my hole or not ? If not what ? Any tips appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 23 September 2003, 12:20   #2
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I recently did this for a two inch diameter hole for a fuel meter.

You can use a normal drill bit no problem.

First tape over the area you want to cut, mark the centre of the hole and start the drill slowly. Let the drill do the work, don't try to force it through by pushing hard.
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same as above but if you can put a bit of wood or get someone to hold something behind will stop it breaking throught at the last min and will give you a clean hole and take to very slow
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Its a good idea to carefully chamfer the edges of a hole in fibreglass this will stop any cracks radiating from the hole.
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Cheers chaps, some helpful tips.
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Think you got it wrong, you said cigarette lighter, didnt you mean cigar lighter.
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The longer and fatter the better.

As any Cigar connoisseur knows, one should always use the naked flame of a match, never a lighter or especially a device such as a car cigarette lighter.

The following rules must be applied.

1. Cuban only, prefreably Coiba (Churchill) straight from the Humidor.

2. First roll this gently between the hands (not fingers like in the movies) which slightly loosens the pack.

3. Allow a very slight stream of Cognac to trickle from one end to
the other in a spiral. Your choice of cognac is personal as this only adds to the taste. It does of course also aid the burning.

4. Snip the end with a cigar cutter.

5. Take a cigar match (usually about 8 cm's long) and burn the end of the cigar (without putting it in ones mouth) until it glows red.

6. Finally place it to your lips and enjoy.

In the finer establishments this procedure is offered buy a beautiful woman at your dinner table.
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Jobs a good'n

After taking advice from you caps I made one last call to a very reputable dealer close to me. He advised that under no circumstances should I use anything other than a router. Failure to do so would find my console in bits.

Always one to go with the majority and against the establishment I decided to ignore his years of hands on experience and go with the advice of the boys on the forum !!!!

I took my nearly sharp 25mm wood bit, roll of tape and piece of scrap wood G-Clamped behind the proposed hole and depressed the button on my not so powerful cordless drill !!!!!

Well thanks boys, thanks a bloody milliion.......

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It worked, I have a perfect hole

So to all who offered advice, thanks and to all those considering doing a job yourself or paying a dealer, I say seek advice here and have a go. It's worked for me several times now.
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Re: Jobs a good'n

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considering doing a job yourself or paying a dealer...
I always think - it's a choice betweren buggering it up yourself, or paying someone else to bugger it up. I usually lean towards the cheaper option!
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