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Old 01-21-2008, 01:05 AM   #1
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While trying to drill some small holes in my aluminum exterior windows to put some security pins in (we've had some burglaries recently), the drill bit broke inside the window and now I can neither remove the embedded bit or open the window. Anybody had a similar issue and had any luck removing the bit?

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Old 01-21-2008, 01:25 AM   #2
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If that is too big try a couple wire coat hangers straightened to get on both sides of it to wiggle and remove with the slots of the bit.

makes ya wonder why we dont do things MORE carefully the first time. Or drill a bit larger hole now.

How big is the hole and how deep is it to the edge of the bit??? Can you take the widow apart at all to get closer to it??

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Old 01-21-2008, 03:18 AM   #3
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Move to the next, that one sounds secured, LOL how much broke off? If you can't get to it with the plier could you use a punch add drive the bit into the second sash fully so its not pinning both of them and just leave it there?
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There's a tiny hole saw(1/4") bit made for this situation. It drills around the broken bit or screw and releases it. I think I bought one from Rockler a few years back. Try their website.
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Thanks for all the help guys! All good suggestions. I'm going to try the Rockler part first and then use the other suggestions as necessary.

Thanks for the time to post and I'll see what works!

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