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Old 01/06/2008, 02:13 AM   #1
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drilling live rock

So I have had this Totoka rock for 2 years and want to drill it to do some cooler aquascaping.... I have drilled other types of rock in the past...... but wanted to get some opinion on drilling this type of rock before i proceed anyone drilled this rock before?

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Old 01/06/2008, 05:34 AM   #2
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drills like butter... any bit on any drill

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Old 01/06/2008, 06:17 AM   #3
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masonary bits works the best, wood works too

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Old 01/06/2008, 09:26 AM   #4
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I just recently drilled my LR and I used a masonry bit. I think the key is to let the drill do the work, I let the bit bite the rock and work down slowly. I drilled some very small pieces and didn't break one. Good luck to you.

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Old 01/06/2008, 09:49 AM   #5
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I drilled some also..Only had trouble with the aquacultured stuff...
it's like concrete..also, be careful using a plug in drill..I shocked myself
a couple of times really good while drilling.

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Old 01/06/2008, 09:56 AM   #6
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drill a pilot hole first if you are worried about breaking the rock when you use the final size drill.

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Old 01/06/2008, 02:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the replies everyone

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