Originally Posted by json2001
1.) ...or maybe this hole drilling thing isn't as risky as it all sounds.
2.) I will be using one of the weld-b-gone conversions. What is the process, get a step drill bit, lube it up, and go slow?
3.) Also and perhaps more importantly, how do I go about choosing a position for the ball valve?
4.) Do I need to leave room below for a filter or false bottom if I decide to add that in the future?
5.) ...would this be overkill?
1.) Not risky at all if you know how to use a drill on metal.
2.) Yes. When the metal gets hot, stop, squirt with oil, and wit for it to cool. when SS gets hot it becomes like, I dunno, tittanium or something. really hard to drill.
3.) Drill it not low enough so it won't be too high but, high enough that it won't be too low. Usually an Inch to 2 Inches (center) from inside bottom.
4.) Always good to plan ahead.
5.) Yes. But no so much you'll kill over. At leat not until you man up to try it yourself.
Best wishes. You'll do fine no matter what. I will say this if you do go the "pro" option seriously consider ditching the weldless and go welded. It's worth it to not have to eff with gaskets.