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Drill two small pilot holes in the plug on either side of the center. Then drive in screws twice as long as the depth of the hole saw into the pilot holes. When the screws bottom out continue screwing and they will drive the plug out. If its a deep plug, you will need to alternate screws to keep the plug from binding. Apparently the pilot holes are needed ...


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Forstner bits (as mentioned by @keshlam) have much less of a protruding point, and would do an adequate job of drilling a 1/2" hole without poking though the remaining 1/4" If you pick them up cheaply (bucket-o-bits at the flea market or yard sale) you can also grind off most of the point on a spade bit - start the hole with the normal "long-point" version, ...


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Carefully chop the posts on the Akrum down by 1/4" using a band saw or a dremel. Now drill a 3/8ths deep 1/2" hole using either a twist drill or a spade drill. Dip the Akrum in a bit of epoxy or wood glue and install it. This will provide the same centering and strength, but will minimize the likelihood of drilling through the cabinet, or (worst-case) of ...


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Use a standard 1/2 inch twist bit. These bits like to jump around a bit until they bite the wood. To to make it easier, start with a good depression for the bit to start in. For smaller bits, I usually just use a punch (if you don't have one, a nail will work) to make a small dent in the wood. For larger, I like to use a smaller bit to get a hole ...


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An electric chipping hammer makes short work of difficult soil removal in tight spaces. It can also chip rough holes through masonry.


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Good old blood, sweat and tears, maybe? No, seriously... ;-) If you can dig a hole on both sides, inside and outside the crawlspace, maybe you could use that auger with the drill to punch a hole through to connect the holes, then run your conduit. You could also potentially "drill" the hole with pressurized water, but that's less than desirable in your ...


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They're universal. That'll work just fine. Drills have chucks with three jaws that clamp down on whatever you stick in them, so they can use round-shank bits and hex bits too.


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I would recommend installing a faucet with an integral sprayer as a less complex alternative to modifying a porcelain fixture.


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Having DIY'd a granite tile (24"x24") benchtop with undermount sink I'd say it's not that hard if you're careful and patient. As the comments above say you absolutely must use an alignment jig or similar. I had the freedom to use a drill press and I put masking tape on the stone to give a safe surface to get the last 1mm of alignment. You probably need to ...



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