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Old 06-09-2015, 09:18 PM   #15
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You're a rock star.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-10-2015, 04:06 PM   #16
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+1 for sure.
As a relative newbie, I can't even think about putting a drill to my roof!
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Old 06-13-2015, 03:16 AM   #17
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One point I need mention....... It takes me about three or four times as long to do these modifications as a shop might require. And one of the time consuming factors is planning, then allowing an overnight period, more evaluation of plans, rechecking, and finally going through each step making certain even if I screw up royally there is a way to fix the problem.

Drilling a 2 1/4" hole through the roof......may increase the quality of my spiritual life as well😂😇


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Msmoto,
Please don't get me wrong...
I am truly impressed and admire your skills and of course the finished product!
Great stuff.
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Old 03-07-2016, 08:55 PM   #19
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Msmoto, after the pilot hole is through the interior ceiling, could I use the hole to drill my 2 1/4" from inside the trailer and then keep going through the exterior metal as well?
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Drilling through aluminum

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Msmoto, after the pilot hole is through the interior ceiling, could I use the hole to drill my 2 1/4" from inside the trailer and then keep going through the exterior metal as well?
I suspect one could do this, but why? I have found drilling up creates issues of the waste potentially falling into eyes, and aluminum dust is a disaster if one gets into an eye, cannot be removed with a magnet as steel filings are.

When measured about three times, checked by a second person, drilling from the top is preferred, IMO. The key is to do this very slowly, using a sharp high quality hole saw designed for drilling thin sheet metal. My technique is to use a hole saw and keep touching and withdrawing, very slow RPM, as once an initial break through is obtained the risk of distortion, drill grabbing, etc., is high. Although I did not do this, taping the inside with several layers of duct tape may be helpful, or have someone hold a thick board up to the inside surface to support it during the cutting process. Using the tape would also tend to catch some of the metal filings.

I think it may be easier to use something to allow a pilot hole in the roof... maybe even a small piece of masonite glued in place.....
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Fair enough. Thanks for the insight.
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Final Curtain Iteration

After working many hours, I have finally arrived at the final iteration of my Serenity Curtains/Blinds, and am actually quite happy with the outcome. The valance matches the rust colored surface in the galley area, so it carries the color across nicely.

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