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easiest way to punch holes in plastic

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by phil jones, Apr 2, 2007.

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    hi can any one suggest a easy or Quick way to punch holes in plastic tanks ect as i am finding it to be a pain in the neck -- thanks if you can help in any way as i am crap at d.i.y. --- phil
  2. Sunar

    Sunar Arachnoknight

    Heat up a nail and it'll melt right through plastic. You may want to hold onto the nail with pliers that have a rubber grip or with a oven mitt or something. :D

  3. xgrafcorex

    xgrafcorex Thread Killer Old Timer

    i've used a drill, a screwdriver, and i guess thats it that i can recall. you can also melt holes into the plastic too.
  4. Dom

    Dom Arachnolord Old Timer

    Melting holes is the easiest and with the pvc5 ( recycling symbol on bottom) deli cups it will usually harden with a smooth finish. Some types of plastic harden with sharp edges though. You can buy a cheap soldering gun and it's alot easier than heating and holding a hot nail. If you're going to use a nail and propane torch I drive the nail through a piece of wood, makes handling alot easier. Also do in a well ventilated area or outside.
    You can buy a hole punch but they get pretty tiring after awhile.
  5. thanks guys i give them a go ---phil
  6. Gesticulator

    Gesticulator Arachnoangel Old Timer

    Fumes can be nasty....a low end dremmel works great though.
  7. Cheshire

    Cheshire Arachnoking Old Timer

    I prefer to use logical thought
  8. Sunar

    Sunar Arachnoknight

    Yeah, soldering iron would work well also. I use a nail...have a gas stove. I still need to pick me up a soldering iron though...not just for holes. :D

    Chesh lies...he uses pope eye beams.

  9. dukegarda

    dukegarda Arachnobaron

    So you stare at the plastic until it buckles under your intellect? o_O;

    I suggest a drill.... melting would be smelly.
  10. you lost me on that one :? :? :confused: :confused:
  11. Dom

    Dom Arachnolord Old Timer

    Yeah that's why I mentioned ventilation. I find drilling leaves sharp edges and can sometimes tear the deli cup esp. if it's cold. Sometimes the bits don't go through too easily either and you need some solid backing to hold the deli cup against. Dremels are light but most people don't have them and a drill gets heavy pretty quickly (again many don't have a drill and bits).A hot nail or soldering gun is like a knife through warm butter. If you're doing a few it doesn't really matter which method you use but when I'm doing dozens at a time I prefer the soldering gun method.
  12. Taceas

    Taceas Arachnodemon

    Walmart sells cheap soldering irons for around $11, usually in the automotive section or the craft section that work really well as they have the perfect diameter tip for holes.

    I just do it in the garage or in the bathroom with the fan on to suck the fumes out. It's not that bad.

    I tried drilling once, but after 30 or more tubs with 100+ holes in each the drill gets heavier and heavier.
  13. Dilbrain

    Dilbrain Arachnoknight

    Depending on the type of plastic, I find that drilling can often crack or haze the area around the potential ventilated area. So I take a soldering iron to it also!
  14. thanks :clap: :clap: :clap: :worship: :worship: :worship: i try that out --- phil ;) ;)
  15. ballpython2

    ballpython2 Arachnoprince

    You can buy something called a soldering gun..

    what you do after you buy it is plug it into the wall wait like 5 - 10 minutes and the tip of it gets REALLY hot and it slides right through a lot of rubber / plastic stuff and works really good..

    one time i leave it outside on the back porch when it snowed..thawed it out and waited until it was completely dry to use it and it worked good as new.

    you can buy it from wal - mart or maybe even home depot :razz: :razz:
  16. WyvernsLair

    WyvernsLair Arachnobaron

    or just go to a craft store and get a rotary leather hole punch. That way you have some hole sizes to pick from on one hand held unit.
  17. thanks to all and i think i have some fun trying it all out LOL --- phil
  18. monitormonster

    monitormonster Arachnoknight

    When I was poking holes in my Versi cage, I used a drill. It was quick and easy