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Drilling holes in clay pots

This is a discussion on Drilling holes in clay pots within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; I was hoping someone could give me a "sure fire" way but it sounds like ...

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    I was hoping someone could give me a "sure fire" way but it sounds like it's always a risk....

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    Dal, First, I will assume you only want to drill a round hole in the bottom of a clay pot...or create slits in the side???? For the bottom you will want to get a masonary drill bit, like standard drill bits, they come in standard pick your poision. For slits in the side of a clay pot you will need either a steel/diamond saw blade used to cut ceramic tiles or a cheap masonary cut-off blade. The cut-off will get smaller in diameter as you use it...that's why it's cheap, but the diamond blade isn't that costly...and it is reusable for some time. Both fit a standard circular saw and the masonary drill bits will fit a standard 3/8 or 1/2 drill chuck. I've tried to cut the slits in the side and for the cost of the blade and my time, it is alot cheaper and significantly easier to purchase clay orchid pots. Both of the big box stores (orange and the blue one) sell 4 1/2" and 6" pots and the Blue one sells 8". Dal, I must have 45 to 50 6" orchid pots that I no longer use and maybe 15 to 20 4 1/2" not being used.... If there was a cheap way to get them from here to there, I'd love to unload these guys....
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    Drill bits made for drilling tiles work very well. The trick is to KEEP THE POT WET but dripping water on the area being drilled, and take your time.

    There are several sizes. These bits are usually diamond blade bits and made to drill holes in tiles for plumbing to go through.

    The question is: Can you find clay pots with holes in them already and how much cheaper are they vs purchasing the bit and drilling the holes yourselves.

    The bottom line is: Yes you can drill holes in clay pots with minimal problems.

    I couldn't find an edit button to insert pix in my previous reply, but here are three pix showing ceramic drill bits and the clay pots I drilled.
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    Hope this helps someone.

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