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Old 09-21-2009, 12:04 AM   #1
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Default Drilled my SS pot today. Phew!

I drilled a new hole in my 15g SS Megapot today and thought I would share the experience.

The goal was a 1/2" hole for my thermometer. I used a water hose to keep it cool and prevent work hardening. A towel was placed under it and rolled up under the sides to prevent it from scratching and rolling around on the ground. I used a 16 penny nail to create a divot, then drilled a small pilot hole with a very small drill bit. I then drilled two more holes consecutively bigger, then the final 1/2" bit.

In hindsight it would have been worth doing it with a Unibit instead. The burrs from the regular bits were pretty bad and I had to use a file to remove them. A Unibit would have removed them nicely.

Overall I was happy with the result though.





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Old 09-21-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
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I am building a car right now, and I always get worked up when I do things that can't be reversed. You always end up over planning for them, and in the end its never really all that hard.

Pot looks really good!

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:47 AM   #3
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Putting the hole in m megapot was the scarriest thing I have done while brewing. It worked out in the end, but definitely nerve-racking.

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I know most of you guys don't have access to one but a knockout punch will give you a really clean hole every time and painlessly

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Old 09-21-2009, 12:51 AM   #5
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Old 09-21-2009, 12:53 AM   #6
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I thought about it, but I went with a stepper drill bit so I could more easily widen the hole if needed (and I did).
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:11 AM   #7
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I am in the process of putting a hole in my keg and was wondering where you would get a knockout punch like this. I think that would be a lot easier than a step drill.

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They are used quite a bit in electrical work to make holes in boxes for conduit and cable. I actually don't think it would make a better hole than a stepbit given the curved wall.

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Knockouts are great. I used on eto punch an extra 1/2" hole in my ranco for power 14g power cord. I used the electric one at work where I'd taken the controller but you should be able to get a set at lowes or HD. I'm not sure if you can buy single ones or if they just come in sets.

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I have never seen one of those before and I just bought the step drill bit this morning. So I was just thinking if it would be easier to use one of those I would give it a try. I guess I am open to ideas since I have not done anything yet.

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