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    Drilling a glass aquarium

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    watched good video Joey!Click here to enlarge
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    Joey makes this look too damn easy, awesome job man. Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Divinehammer Click here to enlarge
    watched good video Joey!Click here to enlarge
    Thanks pal

    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kracken Click here to enlarge
    Joey makes this look too damn easy, awesome job man. Click here to enlarge

    I drilled 15 tanks that day(day of the video)

    It really is as easy as i make it look.
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    Nice, I will factor this into my decision for the filtration for my new tank / project!
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    Thanks for this Joey, i feel much more confident in drilling my new panes of glass with the help of your videos Click here to enlarge

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    I was hesitant before attempting my first cut, but after a test run, it really is as easy as it looks.
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    Nice instruction video...That looks easy enough.. Click here to enlarge

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    I have wanted to drill my tanks for ages, but I am afraid to. Click here to enlarge
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    My holes were a bit rough glass chipped a little (very little) on back side but other wise It was a great success should have pics up soon

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    good video joey thanks!

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    I can't find the charts at the links on the site where they are indicated. Can you tell me where to find them? Thanks.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Professor Tax Click here to enlarge
    I can't find the charts at the links on the site where they are indicated. Can you tell me where to find them? Thanks.
    Calculator Button top of the screen. or just measure the thread part on the bulkhead and find a glass hole saw that 3/16" larger than the threads, but most bulkheads will tell you what size hole they need on the package.
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    Thanks, Divine. Just remembering 3/16" bigger than the threads is an easy way to go. Thanks again.

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    no problem. glad I could help.
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    Even pressure and be confident when working with glass..

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    Great read

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    Good Day Gents, I think my old hole is dull/shot ! Iv'e been drilling 2 holes thru 3/8 glass for over an hour now. A brief history. I bought the hole saw some years ago only used it fro 10 holes. I'd think it wouldn't dull so quickly. Did I buy a cheapy one?

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    I'll give this a try in a few days! So scared!

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    Thank you Joey.
    This was always a great mystery to me.
    The vid gives me the courage needed to drill my tank for a sump.
    Scratch...

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    Joey:

    Thanks for the great site and video. I have a question. I am picked up a 45 gallon tank off FB for $30 with a stand. I have just finished resealing it and polishing the glass. I am now ready to drill the tank. I plan on setting this up as a planted fresh water aquarium. I am setting up a Herbie overflow system, drilled from the back for this tank. I have seen some techniques where the holes are side by side with a 90 elbow turned down for the main overflow and up for the backup overflow. I have also seen others that have the primary overflow a few inches below the back up as in this picture.

    herbie-overflow.jpg

    I am leaning towards using what is pictured. However, I was wondering if you had any thoughts regarding this method either for or against.

    Thanks so much for this board and all the videos.

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    There is 101 ways to drill a tank and place the overflows. Do what ever suits your needs best. Nothing wrong with the one pictured.
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    I used the Bean Animal Method, which uses three pipes. My tank is being built into my wall and due to local building codes I had drill my drainage holes one above the next. I also drilled a hole for draining water for water changes, so I had four holes one above the next turning the pipes to clear the one above it.

    Here are the four holes....
    2016-07-23 17.36.08 - Copy.jpg

    And here is the plumbing inside an overflow box. Note the extra hole below the overflow box for straight tank drainage. This is plumbed directly to the main house drain, so I can drain 70% of the tank without a hose.
    2016-07-29 19.32.34 - Copy.jpg

    Then I covered that overflow box with this one, which has slits in the bottom angled piece so water is drawn from the bottom of the tank. Water goes OVER this box only if I have a major blockage, which I likely never will.
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