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Old 08-26-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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I am too nervous to poke/drill/punch a hole in my 10 gallon kettle. I just don't want to screw it up! What can I do?

Please discuss.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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Are you experienced with a power drill?

I'm not the world's most handy person, and I found it to be quite easy. Took about 15 minutes on my keggle for my first hole, then about 5 minutes on my BIAB kettle for my second hole.

I drilled a starter hole with a small metal bit, then used a 7/8" step bit. Keep plenty of lube on the step bit (i used dish soap as lube), and stop after the 13/16" step. Sand down the final hole to get the burrs off and smooth it out. Hole done!

Here's the guide I followed. Watch a few youtube videos to get your more comfortable.

http://www.bargainfittings.com/index...formation_id=7
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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I am very handy with making repairs/maintenance on 100 year old houses. I enjoy robotics and tinkering.

But thinking about putting a round hole in the kettle scares the willies out of me.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:08 PM   #4
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Don't drill it. But there's the third degree burns and thrown out back to consider.

It's not really that hard to do.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:21 PM   #5
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I have an aluminum kettle and that was a piece of cake. I just hit mine with a center punch so the bit wouldn't wander and drilled through.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:24 PM   #6
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Here's the question then, would you rather trust someone else to do it? Are you a "if you want something done right, do it your self kinda guy? It's kinda why I've never skydived. I know I don't know enough to do it myself AND I sure as hell don't trust anyone to do it right for me.
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:11 PM   #7
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Sack up and drill the hole! If you screw it up it's not the end of the world...
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:14 PM   #8
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:22 PM   #9
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^^ Hee hee, what these two dudes just said. Suck it up.
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Old 08-26-2011, 07:16 PM   #10
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