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Old 03-03-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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How to make a Hole?

I need to put a hole in the outside wall of our 19 for the solar panel receptacle. What is the preferred method - use a hole saw or drill a smaller hole and carefully file to the correct diameter? I'm afraid of cracking the fiberglass. Any and all suggestions welcome.

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Old 03-03-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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Hi Doug

A hole saw and don't use to much pressure.

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Old 03-03-2013, 04:30 PM   #3
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Yeah Doug, what Doug said.
You could do a pilot hole smaller that the center bit in the hole saw too.
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I would run the hole saw counterclockwise and take your time. You should get a clean hole...
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #5
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What diameter hole do you need? a hole saw is generally for a 1/2" hole diameter or greater.
Anything smaller than that and I'd likely use a regular cobalt bit. Pilot hole first like Jim Bennett suggested
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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I would run the hole saw counterclockwise and take your time. You should get a clean hole...
Have you actually tried this?

Holesaws are a regular used item at work, and have drilled lots of materials from plexiglass, fiberglass, wood, steel, etc. and would never go backwards. They are designed to cut clockwise, and you would end up burning your way through going backwards. Any cutting tool will do a cleaner job used properly.
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:51 PM   #7
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Doug,

The first big hole I cut in the side of my trailer was kind of scary! Now...
I am about to cut in a bathroom window. It's just fiberglass and won't
crack.

If you haven't cut your hole yet, use a metal hole saw rotating the correct
direction (clockwise) @ normal hand drill speed from the outside. No pilot hole is needed. You will find the fiberglass to be about 3/16th thick. Check
inside of coarse for a clear area first. Let the blade cut out the insulation too.
If need be, you can use a die grinder bit or Dremal to enlarge the hole.
Save your cutout should for any reason you might want to fill the hole back in.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:32 AM   #8
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Dave please could you let me know the distance between the outside of the trailer wall to the inside of the bathroom wall.
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Yes...I can. I have not started this project yet. The option was not available at our pickup date. My 5.0 wall gap may differ from your 15B. You may want to consult the master & creator of all Escapes...Reace.
I will be using a bathroom window made for a Casita. I really want that entry for washout.
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Old 03-05-2013, 10:14 AM   #10
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Exactly my idea too but I thought of just putting about a 2"hole through to the bathroom with fittings on the inside of the bathroom and one on the outside so that a hose can be passed through. I'm not brave enough to cut a window. Richard
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