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Old 08-27-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Is there anyway to cut a hole in a stainless steel sink? I don't have a clue.
New faucet has a soap dispenser. nother hole would be great.
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Is there anyway to cut a hole in a stainless steel sink? I don't have a clue.
New faucet has a soap dispenser. nother hole would be great.
Thanks.
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In my experience a hole saw at a low ( subjective ) rpm would do the job.
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Use a electricians knock out punch
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OK. Thanks. I will consider the options. Might not do anything.
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I've also used a step drill bit with great success.

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All good suggestions.
If you choose a hole saw make it a Bimetal not a carbon steel.
Those step drills are nice, just a little expensive for a good one. One drill will make a whole range of hole sizes and leave very little burr.
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I've also used a step drill bit with great success.

I've always heard those things called versabits or cheater bits. Nobody where I worked would ever use one.
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I've also used a step drill bit with great success.

I've always heard those things called versabits or cheater bits. Nobody where I worked would ever use one. The QA inspector would've eaten them alive.
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Any reason why? Versi Bit is just a brand name.
Step Drill is the proper name.
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My electrician uses one of those-----they seem to work well and rarher quickly in a steel electrical box.

I've never tried one---
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My electrician uses one of those-----they seem to work well and rarher quickly in a steel electrical box.

I've never tried one---
For a one time application like we're addressing, I'd probably opt for the uni-bit
A person can purchase a high quality one easily.
But the punch may be harder to come by and cost more as well- perhaps a rental yard will have one.

I have tried a hole saw before- I got very upset with the lack of progress.....
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Thanks for your thoughts.

I figured with a hole saw, I would probably booger up the sink when the bit gets away from me.

The knock out is too costly for a one time operation.

I'll think about the uni bit. When I asked my wife about where we could mount the soap dispenser, she said just forget it for now. Whew! :-)
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If you're talking about cutting into the deck of a drop-in sink, yeah, a hole saw would definitely make a mess of it if it got away from you. Bear in mind that most soap dispensers come with an escutcheon around them that would hide a bit of the hole's edges, that and provide a base of a washer to make a seal. So a decent quality, new, step-bit should be able to do the job. Just do yourself a favor and tape off the area so if any slight slips won't leave marks.
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Any reason why? Versi Bit is just a brand name.
Step Drill is the proper name.
Most of my working life was spent in the nuclear power industry (operations and maintenance). You cannot imagine the stringency of the QA requirements at a nuclear plant - makes NASA look like rank amateurs. Besides step drills, some common hand tools such as crescent wrenches and Leathermen were usually prohibited anywhere on the site. Violation meant termination.
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