Drilling a skimmer cup.

Discussion in 'Protein Skimmers, Mechanical Filtration' started by viper357, 2 Jun 2010.

  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi all

    I have a Reeftek TS3 and was wondering if anyone has ever drilled the cup to fit a drain hole? I'm tempted to just use a normal drill in the base of the cup (the black plastic) but something tells me I should ask first. :p

    Thanks.
     
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    HSS Drilbit ;)
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    What's that, High Speed Stainless?
     
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    if it is the same as perspex then you can use a normal steel drillbit
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    No idea what it's made out of, it's plastic to me. :p

    Should I drill at high speed or low speed? And should I use water so the plastic doesn't melt?
     
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    normal steel is perfect
     
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    nope, it will take about 3secs to drill thru, just aim drill and finished
     
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    agreed
     
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    Yip, put the drill on the "Hasie" mode and away you go. No water
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Thanks guys, But I've just realised, drilling the base won't be a good idea as it will be difficult to attach a pipe because of the way it sits on the skimmer. :( Does the same procedure apply for the side of the cup, the round part?
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    :lol::lol::lol:
     
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    You can drill thru the side of the cup too- just do not put pressure- let the drillbit do the work
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Ok, thanks. I've got a spare cup just in case it all goes wonky. I'll give it a shot later today. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Pleasure
     
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    Just don't take to long to drill it as the drill will get hot, the plastic will melt and then the drill will catch. In all you will end up with a cracked skimmer cup. I would rather use a dremel with a grinding bit and grind a hole into the cup.
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    The thing with the dremel is that the drilled hole will not be perfectly round, I am wanting to maybe thread the hole as well so that I can screw in an adaptor of sorts, but there is not much meat on the side of the skimmer cup so I don't know if I'll try that.
     
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    Ok Dean, we all lied to you- have you drilled the Cup already??? :whistling: :whistling: :biggrin:
     
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    :lol:
     
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    was waiting for this realization :p
     
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