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Old 11-06-2018, 12:05 PM   #11
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yeah, I'd drill a small pilot hole first, smaller than the pilot bit on the hole saw, this will ensure you drill centered... for sure, tape as GregA said... then let the hole saw go slow and easy at a medium speed, don't apply too much pressure. my local HW store will rent hole saws, as they are kind of a specialty item you probably won't use very often and a complete set of all sizes gets expensive.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:00 PM   #12
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I've drilled countless holes in f.g. Whether it drills perfectly or not has a lot to do with the thickness of the layup. On thick or a cored layup it's just point and shoot.

Thin layups, typical of a lot of the Escape shell do require extra care. On a thin layup the danger with handheld drilling is that any sideways movement, and that happens as a lot of hole saws aren't perfectly aligned with the pilot drill, makes the pilot hole larger and therefore the hole saw wanders a bit. Usually not a biggie but I sometimes take a small piece of plywood, drill it with the hole saw and tape it over the area that I'm drilling. That stops the hole saw from wandering.

Whether or not I bother doing that depends on the object going in the hole. If it has a large flange and the not perfect hole won't show then I usually don't bother.

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Old 11-06-2018, 02:11 PM   #13
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If the fiberglass was thin enough to feel flexible where you're going to drill, I'd consider taking a square of 1/4" or 3/8" plywood somewhat larger than the hole and epoxying it to the interior side, waiting for the epoxy to fully harden, then drill through from the outside. this plywood will also provide a more secure base for the screws holding whatever sort of flange you're mounting...
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:44 PM   #14
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.....sometimes take a small piece of plywood, drill it with the hole saw and tape it over the area that I'm drilling. That stops the hole saw from wandering.
This also works good if you are enlarging an existing hole where you can't start the pilot bit.
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Old 11-06-2018, 08:24 PM   #15
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You can run the wires thru the battery venting hose
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Old 11-07-2018, 01:46 AM   #16
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You can run the wires thru the battery venting hose
but then what? its not like you want to leave a hot DC connector flapping in the breeze outside the vent cover, and that tin cover doesn't offer much in the way of mounting possibliities, further, it will be pretty hard to jam a cable through that vent from the far side of the vent tube.
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Old 11-07-2018, 08:18 AM   #17
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You can run the wires thru the battery venting hose
That might work as a temporary so2. May give that a try then do something more permanent.
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but then what? its not like you want to leave a hot DC connector flapping in the breeze outside the vent cover, and that tin cover doesn't offer much in the way of mounting possibliities, further, it will be pretty hard to jam a cable through that vent from the far side of the vent tube.

Yes, it is not permanent but, I fish the wires thru at a park when setting up. The wires slip thru fairly easily. Connect to the batteries. I never would leave it there when driving.
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