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Old    Mispella (jon43)      Join Date: Aug 2003       10-18-2006, 2:25 PM Reply   
how do you cut the hole for ballast rocker switch
Old    Keith (class4sanger)      Join Date: Jun 2006       10-18-2006, 3:19 PM Reply   
I use a drill hole to start and then a very sharp razor knife or a dremel with a cutting tool.
Old    Rod McInnis (rodmcinnis)      Join Date: Sep 2002       10-19-2006, 10:25 AM Reply   
When drilling fiberglass it is always recommended to use a "brad point" drill. Here is an example:


The brad point holds the drill in place, then the outer edge cuts the diameter from the outside in. A standard drill cuts the center and tries to screw the drill into the work, which can shred the work and chip out large sections of the gel coat.

Since you need a rectangular hole I would use the drill twice, once at the top and again at the bottom of the rectangle. Then use a hacksaw blade to cut between the two holes and square up the ends.
Old    jack43            10-20-2006, 10:30 AM Reply   
One switch. Four pumps?
Old    Mispella (jon43)      Join Date: Aug 2003       10-20-2006, 2:42 PM Reply   
4 switch 4 pump
Old    jack43            10-20-2006, 4:09 PM Reply   
Thought about a four switch panel?
Old    Mispella (jon43)      Join Date: Aug 2003       10-20-2006, 6:21 PM Reply   
i'm gonna use 1 o dees
wit 4 o dees
and I went to mc of arkansas and got four switch covers that say ballast fill & empty today for 2 dolla (sorry no pics)
Old    jack43            10-20-2006, 6:49 PM Reply   
Dat'll work. I love MC of AR (my free tower) now that they're under worth while ownership.
Your phone's been ringing...maybe I should email ya!

(Message edited by jack43 on October 20, 2006)
Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       10-20-2006, 8:10 PM Reply

this is your tool of choice
Old    jack43            10-20-2006, 9:28 PM Reply   
Misplaya, Rich is right. Our 'manny' (you know who) just got one of those things this week and it rips.
No pun intended.
Old    Trace (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       10-21-2006, 1:05 AM Reply   
I'd recommend making a switch panel / trim plate out of stainless or ABS sheet to mount the modular switch panel in. It will be much easier to cut, and you don't have to get it right the first time. All you have to do then is cut a clearance hole where you want to mount it.
Old    d_fresh            10-21-2006, 3:47 AM Reply   
Use a Roto-zipUpload
Old    Jason (lvjason)      Join Date: Oct 2006       10-21-2006, 7:21 AM Reply   
Actually a brad point bit is for wood only. Use a pilot point bit, it drills the same way but will last for more than a few holesUpload
Old    Rich (rich_g)      Join Date: May 2003       10-21-2006, 7:52 AM Reply   
Trace, where can you buy ABS Sheet?
Old    Mispella (jon43)      Join Date: Aug 2003       10-21-2006, 10:27 AM Reply   
I have one it is just a drim.
I think I am gonna go w/ the panel from waytek.
Old    Fro-Z (froese)      Join Date: Jun 2005       10-21-2006, 11:04 AM Reply   
Another tip for drilling into fiberglass:

always drill in reverse first. This takes longer, but will prevent any chipping of the glass as you drill. Once you've established the hole, switch back to forward and proceed.

Read it on an install once and have done it ever since.
Old    Trace (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       10-22-2006, 10:47 AM Reply   
Any industrial materials / plastics supply, McMaster, usplastic, etc.


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