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Old 02-04-2009, 09:16 PM   #1
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Drilling through carpet

What is the best way to drill small holes through carpet without snagging the carpet??
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:21 PM   #2
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I've always took a sharp razor blade and cut a small 'x' into the carpet where the bolt will come up through. I don't think you want to run a drill bit through the carpet. That could cause some problems.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:22 PM   #3
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Re: Drilling through carpet

What are you trying to do ? I would not "drill" carpet...if you are putting holes in the metal below, take the carpet out / pull it back...If you are trying to put holes in the carpet for wiring or something, I always get a large nail red hot and poke it through, that way it keeps it from un raveling around the hole.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:36 PM   #4
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Re: Drilling through carpet

^yeah I've found that burning a hole with a rod or nail works really well, unless it's somewhere noticable.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:51 PM   #5
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Re: Drilling through carpet

I need to drill small holes for the Lokar shifter boot cover and the door sill covers. The problem is I can't pull the carpet back around the shifter since it's already mounted. So I might try to use a soldering iron point to burn holes or something. I had heard if you reverse the drill that it might wear a hole with out snagging the carpet. Just looking for some good ideas.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:55 PM   #6
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Re: Drilling through carpet

I just put new carpet in my truck and had to drill holes for the the screws for the new door sill plates - I put masking tape over the carpet and drilled through the carpet with a sharp 3/16 bit and didn't have any problems snagging the new carpet.
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Old 02-04-2009, 09:58 PM   #7
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Masking tape might just work...I might try that
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:00 PM   #8
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I need to drill small holes for the Lokar shifter boot cover and the door sill covers. The problem is I can't pull the carpet back around the shifter since it's already mounted. So I might try to use a soldering iron point to burn holes or something. I had heard if you reverse the drill that it might wear a hole with out snagging the carpet. Just looking for some good ideas.
Burning the holes like you mention sounds like a good idea - if I did it again I would heat up a narrow center punch I have with a propane torch and melt the holes through the carpet then drill. The way I did it worked fine - I postioned the door sills drilled a hole, I think the tape may have helped and I had a lot off pressure on the area I was drilling so that may have helped to eliminate any snagging.
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Old 02-04-2009, 11:51 PM   #9
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Re: Drilling through carpet

You can also cut the "x" in the carpet & place a piece of tubing into the x thats bigger than the hole to be drilled. Drill down through the space created by the tubing. Remove tubing & voila.
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:02 AM   #10
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Re: Drilling through carpet

i've always used hole punches// available at hardeware stores sears cfart stores and online thru leathercraft suppliers
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i've always used hole punches to make holes in carpet// available at hardeware stores sears cfart stores and online thru leathercraft suppliers
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:06 AM   #12
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Re: Drilling through carpet

Pencil tip soldering iron works great for me, stinks like H**L, but gets the job done fast.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:21 AM   #13
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Re: Drilling through carpet

drill in reverse for a bit and then drill through. shouldn't snag.
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Old 02-05-2009, 06:44 AM   #14
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Re: Drilling through carpet

Several years ago, I had to install plug in receptcales on a carpeted wall. ( The carpet extended about 4 feet from the floow with a molding on top of carpet/wall.) Used a pencil tip soldering iron; worked great to 'burn' in the mounting holes...Worked great !!
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:22 AM   #15
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Re: Drilling through carpet

Another option is to take a small piece of tubing and sharpen the tip. Chuck it in the drill and use it to drill thru the carpet.

But I like the idea of the hot soldering iron to burn a small hole.
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i've always took a sharp razor blade and cut a small 'x' into the carpet where the bolt will come up through. I don't think you want to run a drill bit through the carpet. That could cause some problems.
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:29 PM   #17
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Sodering iron works great for me!
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Old 02-05-2009, 07:30 PM   #18
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Oops, Soldering
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