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Old 10-04-2006, 11:01 PM   #11
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... rather be drilling THEIR holes...


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Old 10-04-2006, 11:05 PM   #12
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Who knows the best way to cut/drill holes in slate? I need 5 holes for my faucet shanks and really don't want to crack this thing!
You want a masonry coring bit. You could probably rent one too at the DIY. If you have access to a drill press and the slate dimensions allow, that is the beest route since it affords even pressure. You need a steady flow of water to keep a slurry going and keep everything cool.

I have done this type of coring before, through concrete slab floors where cracks are a "no no". The righ that we used was bolted into the floor, and the coring bit was then pressed into the concrete. the drill has a water hose attachment, and dispensed the water. The coring bit is just like a hole saw bit, except that it does not have teeth. It has an edge that is usually industrial diamond, with even slots around the circumference, so allow removal of the debris, which then forms the slurry. it is slow coring, but very precise, and leave an opening that would be finish grade.

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Old 10-05-2006, 12:42 AM   #13
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Very cool. I have a drill press that is speed adjustable. I can drag it out on the drive and run a hose for water. Are coring bits expensive? I have 5 hole through 3/8" slate to bore, is dulling a concern?

Also, anybody know the true size of the openings I will need to cut? I can hunt around and find out but this is lazier.
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Old 10-05-2006, 12:47 AM   #14
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what diameter? I can tell you that I have gone through a 12" slab with a corrugated steel backplate with a used bit. Diamonds are strong like that.
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:37 PM   #15
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What about a tapered grinding wheel, like the kind used with a dremel? I bet you could find a bigger one suitable for your drill press. Slate is relatively soft as far as rocks go. Just go slow.

 
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Old 10-06-2006, 05:50 PM   #16
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... rather be drilling THEIR holes...
It's funny because it's so subtle
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Old 10-11-2006, 02:12 AM   #17
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Dang That's pirdy!

I'm doing a chest freezer kegerator. I broke down and bought a new 8.9 ft. (curses on you %$#&% that got one for $25) I'm using 8" log siding for my facia board. I plan on using rain gutter for a drip tray. Did a Google search fo rain gutter and found some high dollar embossed copper rain gutter that would look great on that setup of yours. I however will have to opt for the cheap stuff. Ok I'm jellous. You RAT!



 
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