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Bulkhead placement.

So I drilled my first hole in glass and the result was less than ideal.



As you can see it chipped out pretty bad. Not sure if I was going too fast or what. The chipping is on the wet side of the tank. Researching I have heard both to apply silicone to the gasket and to never do that depending on which source. I also read that you can reverse the bulkhead and put the flange and gasket on the dry side of the tank. For aesthetics I would prefer to put the flange on the wet side to keep a lower profile. However having a non leaking bulkhead is priority #1.

What do you all think is my best course of action?

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I'd bet you were pushing a bit too hard with the drill. But have you tried filling it up and seeing what happens? I've drilled a lot of tanks and chipped a few out like this. Never had an issue with a leak though. So before you go fixing a problem make sure there is a problem that needs to be fixed!
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I'd bet you were pushing a bit too hard with the drill. But have you tried filling it up and seeing what happens? I've drilled a lot of tanks and chipped a few out like this. Never had an issue with a leak though. So before you go fixing a problem make sure there is a problem that needs to be fixed!
Thanks for the reply! I have not tried filling it yet but might as well. I figure I will clean the glass first then try it out. For reference the hole is pretty small (1 1/8") so the chips are maybe smaller than they look in the picture. I put the bulkhead in just to see what it would look like in each configuration and as far as I can tell the gasket covers the chipped out areas entirely. I'll take your advice and give it a shot.

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I donít think u will have a problem at all if your worries just put silicone on when putting bulkhead in
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I'd bet you were pushing a bit too hard with the drill. But have you tried filling it up and seeing what happens? I've drilled a lot of tanks and chipped a few out like this. Never had an issue with a leak though. So before you go fixing a problem make sure there is a problem that needs to be fixed!
You were right! Did not have any issue with the bulkhead.

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Try backing up the area with a piece of wood. I started doing that and the chip-out was minimal. Just a trick I took from my wood working. In woodworking we back up cuts to prevent the grain from tearing out. Works about the same for the glass I have found.

I use a slat for my template and after I have the hole started I just hold it on the back side of the glass.

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Try backing up the area with a piece of wood. I started doing that and the chip-out was minimal. Just a trick I took from my wood working. In woodworking we back up cuts to prevent the grain from tearing out. Works about the same for the glass I have found.

I use a slat for my template and after I have the hole started I just hold it on the back side of the glass.
Good to know, Thanks!

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