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Old 04-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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I'm at the point in my solar installation where I have to now drill a hole in our 19 for the panel receptacle. I have a hole saw of the proper diameter. Since I've never drilled into fiberglass before, are there things I should do or watch out for like putting duct tape over the hole prior to drilling to prevent chipping? Any tips or suggestions are most welcome.

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:52 PM   #2
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No worries if you are using a sharp hole saw, Doug. Just start the pilot bit in at a moderate speed until it goes through, and follow through with the hole saw. It drills quite easily. If you go easy there will be minimal chipping with a sharp saw. Duct tape would be a bad idea I think, because of the stickiness of it, as it would gum up the teeth.

With the first couple revolutions of the hole saw when it starts cutting, it will grab a bit, but fiberglass is fairly hard, so it won't be too bad. The pilot bit will hold it from wandering.
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Hi Doug

Drill it from the outside in and just put a piece of masking tape over the area and go slow with little pressure.

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