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Who do I call to drill a hole in my tank?

Hi...I need someone to drill a one inch hole into my fish tank. Does anyone know what type of professional service to call for that? Like a windows place or what? I just can't figure out who to ask. Seems like a quick job for someone who knows what they're doing (not me).

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Hi...I need someone to drill a one inch hole into my fish tank. Does anyone know what type of professional service to call for that? Like a windows place or what? I just can't figure out who to ask. Seems like a quick job for someone who knows what they're doing (not me).

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Coming from someone who has drilled countless tanks, I'm going to tell you it's really easy. Just get a holesaw from glass holes, take some putty or playdoh and make a well around the hole you are about to drill and run a small stream of water in it as you are drilling. Keep even pressure, stay perpendicular and go slow. I've never had one tank break on me and I've drilled many.

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Thanks guys. I watched the video and I seriousky think I'd lose a hand if I tried it. It mentioned that you can call a local fish store? The only one we have is petco, who I also think would mess up terribly. I just want to pay someone!
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Why? Buy a drill guide, then you won't need to get it on a 45 degree angle. Just press down.
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Because I don't want to buy a bunch of equipment and practice on an old tank etc just for one hole one time. I'm also accident prone and was hoping to have a one-off fee and a glass shard free garage.
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Start making calls.
1) Glass shops. Bring the tank to them, sign the waver that they do not have to pay for the tank if they damage it, and let them do it.
2) Aquarium stores, even if they are far away, and ask them if they know of anyone in your area.
3) Other.
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+1 glass shop that where i had mine done and they even took the sharp edge off.
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Also see if there is a local aquarium club near you, there is almost always someone who has experience drilling holes or knows someone who does.

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Closest thing I found to a pet shop drilling tanks is this mom and pop store I have an hour away. Now they will not drill your tanks, but they have everything to do it and will show you how to drill your own tank. I'm sure they don't want to risk breaking my 120g and replacing it. So yeah your best bet is to try the small stores.

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Thanks guys. I live in a tiny town without a ton of options but I'll call all of them today when they open. Is this something Home Depot or one of the larger places might do?
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Is this something Home Depot or one of the larger places might do?
No, I can't even get them to cut window glass for me. Sounds like you are doing it yourself or have to locate someone local like a glass shop or another hobbyist. Try posting for help in the locals on this site, mite get someone willing to help you.

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I found a saltwater fish store a ways away from me. He said he'd do it for $20. I know it's cheaper than buying the parts but it seemed high to me lol
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I second going thru a local club or using a fish store. No one else will be willing to take the risk on breaking your tank. I was skeptical as well to self drill but I bought a hole saw set from Amazon and went to town. I had several tanks to drill so I ended up buying a drill press. Its more than what most would be willing to do but it made my job much easier. Plus I buy tools/equipment all the time. I had 24 holes and by hand, that would have been a pita but its definitely doable. A quality hole saw would be necessary vs lower grade ones if doing by hand though.

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