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Old 05-13-2011, 04:55 PM   #1
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Hi
Im new to DIY but find this an awesome forum.
Anyway can anyone please tell if its possible to make this hole around this water valve bigger?
Its in such a tight space all I can think of is filing the wood...
I dont want the cabinet to fall one day and break the pipe!
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:18 PM   #2
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if you can get a file, or more properly, a rasp in there, you could do that. I would use either a die grinder bit or an abrasive roll in a dremel.

If you cant get anything in the opening, you can take a drill bit and drill a series of holes in an arc and then cut in between them with a razor knife and then use the rasp or other abrasive rotary tool as I first suggested to clean of the opening.


depending what that is, you might be able to just use a razor knife. A lot of cabinet backs are nothing more that luan and can be cut through with successive cuts with a razor knife

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Thank you soo much for the quick reply
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Look at those burn marks! Yikes
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Well my suggestion would be as follows:
1) Drill ½’’ holes tight together all around the existing hole and remove the debris.
2) Use a multi tool and cut your way around to make your hole larger.
3) Use a hammer and wood chisel to cut around existing hole
4) Disconnect fitting and remove cabinet if possible and drill with hole saw to desired diameter
Now I’m sure someone else will chime in and give you some more idea’s
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Ron Swanson would recommend using a Fein Multimatic.
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Now , now Leah

I never understood the purpose of enlarging the hole in the first place.
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I never understood the purpose of enlarging the hole in the first place.
Didn’t you know? It’s a three stooge’s classic move…
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thanks for the help again naps and epson!- im a newb so i duuno why those burn marks are there. can anyone tell me? btw pliers and a knife did the trick!
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thanks for the help again naps and epson!- im a newb so i duuno why those burn marks are there. can anyone tell me? btw pliers and a knife did the trick!
The burn marks are there because the plumber soldered the fitting to the pipe and came to close to the cabinet with his torch.
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The burn marks are there because the plumber soldered the fitting to the pipe and came to close to the cabinet with his torch.

He certainly did. Like the old proverb states. "Owa-tana-siam"
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fein

either one would do fine, but that [birch?] plywood might not do well with the fien, probably too flimsy.
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I'm sorry, but we try very hard to get those holes as small as possible when installing cabinets. Who in the world ever told you that a base cabinet could fall? That cabinet is not going to fall at all.
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He certainly did. Like the old proverb states. "Owa-tana-siam"
something like this?
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