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    Can anyone suggest the best method to drill holes in clay pots? I have a pot that I would love to convert to an orchid pot for my big Oncidium. I have drilled holes with my power drill before. Is that the best way and if so, can someone recommend the best drill bit to do this with?

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    For my clay saucer, I use a drill for tiling (tiles ?) and water.

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    Use a masonry bit. Just take your time, don't force it.

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    Yep...take it slow and use a masonry bit. Spraying with water as you drill will keep the bit from getting hot and it will make the process cleaner by keeping dust down. Its been suggested to soak the pot in water overnight before drilling as well. Probably "softens" the clay a bit.
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    to Jason. Good luck

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    I'll just add good luck and wear safety glasses.

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    Thanks again everyone for being so helpful! I found a bit that is circular and designed for tile etc. I can't wait to put holes in all my clay pots!

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    You sound TOO enthusiastic - I have visions of a mad driller hopping from pot to pot creating a storm of dust from which will emerge terra cotta Swiss cheese.

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    Patty you are funny, I can totally visionalize that picture

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    I did that in the past and it was a slow process. The pots I drilled holes in eventually cracked and broke within a year. I think the drilling vibrations may make the pot more brittle.

    I'd rather get one of those round net pots and then stick it into a clay pot. Hydroponic stores sell many different sized net pots.

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