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Old 08-06-2008, 04:42 PM
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using a hole saw bit in reverse w/ nothing to guide you... the bit wanted to jump each time you made contact w/ the fiberglass b/c there was already a big hole there where the other courtesy light was so there was nothing for the auger or "guide" bit to hold to to keep the bit perfectly straight
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:49 PM
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using a hole saw bit in reverse w/ nothing to guide you... the bit wanted to jump each time you made contact w/ the fiberglass b/c there was already a big hole there where the other courtesy light was so there was nothing for the auger or "guide" bit to hold to to keep the bit perfectly straight

Depending on how much larger the new hole would be, I'd have done one of 2 things:

1. If the new hole was large enough to allow for a screw head inside the diameter of the new hole, you can screw a strip of plywood behind the old hole for the pilot bit to bite into.

2. If the new hole was just slightly larger, you could make a template (cut the hole in a scrap of smooth plywood) for the hole saw to run in and clamp/ tape/ hold it in place.
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:53 PM
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yup totally free handed it w/ the hole saw bit... tried to put a piece of deck board behind the hole by the glass was too thick for the auger bit to reach...
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:02 PM
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yup totally free handed it w/ the hole saw bit... tried to put a piece of deck board behind the hole by the glass was too thick for the auger bit to reach...
You're either braver, better, smarter, or dumber than me, 'cause there's no way I would have freehanded it!

Nice job on the install. I'll be doing something like that on my 214 this winter. I hadn't really thought it out completely, but I'm going to take a real close look at your pic's now. Thanks for the thread.
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:06 PM
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the two 8mm LEDs (2 over each cupholder) are mounted w/ gorilla glue (the only thing i could find to adhere well enough to the fiberglass...]

How about some of that 3M double faced tape that #1 talks about?
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:12 PM
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awesome ... nicest one i've seen .... this is my winter project on my X14 ... have to make mine better than my friend's! incredible job on your boat and thanks for the tips
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:16 PM
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You're either braver, better, smarter, or dumber than me, 'cause there's no way I would have freehanded it!
DING DING... WE HAVE A WINNER... SHOW THIS MAN WHAT HE'S WON BOB...

well i figured i'd post up some fairly detailed stuff here for everyone interested b/c i think it's a pretty decent job... just trying to do my part to give back to the boards here
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:46 PM
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How big is the original hole and how big is the hole for the replacement LED?
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:49 PM
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And I forgot to ask, other than the drilling I assume replacing the orginal lights with more powerful LEDs was as simple as clipping the wire off the old and attaching to the new? Or did you have to get new wires to each location for power?
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:54 PM
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yup totally free handed it w/ the hole saw bit... tried to put a piece of deck board behind the hole by the glass was too thick for the auger bit to reach...
Congrats on one best jobs I have seen. I was planning on something similar this winter. For the where is my iPod reason. FYI next time you need to drill a larger hole in something try a UNIBIT there cheep and won’t make you worry as much. The only down side is to have to be careful not to make hole to large.
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