Glass supplier and drilling

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  1. Bayls

    Bayls Not often called Junior!

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    Morning all
    I need to replace the front glass of my tank so I can convert to marine (bit scratched and I'm worried about algae growing in the scratches). Does anyone know of a good glass supplier who is well priced? I live in Johannesburg.
    Also, is there any (safe) way of drilling the bottom glass myself, or must I resign myself to the fact the I will need to cut the tank up and take it to someone?

    Cheers
     
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    Shaun Retired Moderator

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    Go to builders Warehouse "Servistar" thay sell the hole saws for glass. Take window putty and make a well around the hole you want to drill, fill it with water and start drilling, very easy, just take it slow. I have just done this and had not problems.
     
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    Bayls Thread Starter Not often called Junior!

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    Will do, thanks!
     
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    Hi Thalion,
    Just as a matter of interest, what size hole saw did you use and what did it cost you?
    Cheers
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to the forum Bayls.

    Great to hear you're converting a tank to marine, hope you are going to show us some pics of your tank :thumbup:
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA.by the way,if im not mistaken its the diamond tip bit you looking for
     
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    Bayls, send Carl a PM on here. He drills tanks and can also help you with the glass. You just going to have to wait a few days as he is working hard in Moz. at the moment. Not so sure of the working or hard..but anyway..
     
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    I used 25mm and 40mm, it depends on the size you need. 25mm I think around R60.
     
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    I found the easiest was to drill a hole on a old piece of glass, and then use it to start the hole on the tank, as the diamond tip hole saws don't have a centre drill bit like the others have.
     
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    Alan Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi Bayis welcome to MASA.
     
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    Bayls Thread Starter Not often called Junior!

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    Thank you all. It looks like the drilling is no problem. I'm really excited about starting - can"t wait to get home from holidays now! Will keep you all informed as to progress!
    Great site this, everyone is most helpful!
    Cheers
     
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    Welcome Bayls! And good luck with your venture. Please ask MANY questions before venturing into something unknown. Just perhaps we at MASA can assist in making the right decisions!

    Good luck once again and ENJOY THE RIDE! (As this ride is FAR away from fresh water!)
     
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    Hi Bayls, just let the drill bit do the work and don't press. You can also put tape on the other side of the hole, it just holds the glass in place so it does not fall, it also help hold the water if you don't drill straight.
     
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    Hi Bayls,
    Nice to see another convert:thumbup: just remember DONT set your drill to "Hammer";)
     
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    Welcome Bayls! :)
     
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    Kanga Retired Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Welcome to MASA, the best Marine site in SA by Far:thumbup:
     
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    Please include sump pics! ;)
     
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    Glass drilling

    Hi.
    For anyone else interested. A 40mm diamond cire hole saw will cost you R220 Torkcraft is the manufacturer. Clamp a tempelate to the glass then start drilling slowly. The end result looks great.
     
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    Glass drilling

    Nd dont forget constant water feed. I use a 2l bottle with hole in lid.
     
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