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Hole saws for spots

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by craig1, 14 Apr 2006.

  1. craig1

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    Hello,

    Been looking at installing some spot lights in the kitchen.

    Also buying some hole saws for this job and for

    future DIY jobs. Does the cut out for the spots have to be the exact

    size as stated on the lighting instructions as most hole saws dont

    match the required size.


    cheers.
     
  2. mw3ybx

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    Hi Craig

    This all depends on the depth of the rim of the spot light. Some lights have deep rims so the hole does not have to be spot on, but within mm .. Electrical wholesalers will have the right size holesaw for the job.

    Dan
     
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    Cheers!

    Thanks for the info Dan.
     
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    Just a tip. Cut a hole in an old piece of plasterboard before you try to fit your lights just to check. I've just fitted some that wanted a 68mm holesaw. Can't find one so used a 64mm and had to notch out for the clip brackets with a stanley knife.
     
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    If your ceiling is lath and plaster make sure you take it very steady when drilling the holes, as it is very easy to remove great chunks of plaster without even trying.
    Also don't forget Part P of the building regs requires this work to be notified to LABC

    Rob
     
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    we use those, but its seems a bit expensive for a diyer who is only going to use it "one off"


    cheaper to get out a compass and cut a hole with a pad saw ( bought for as little as £1 or maybe less )
     
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    Of course you do, so do most people who want a perfect hole

    1/2 the problem with diy projects is the tools used. You know how hard it is even with practice to cut a small round hole in plastered plasterboard.

    My advise - save the money on labour - spend some of it on pro tools then you've got 1/2 a chance of a pro looking job
     
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    hehe true


    not that hard to cut circle with pad saw ... but if you cant do it straight away then its a time waster to practice, like u said
     
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    Got my cutters from a place called CAROLS chaps where i live only payed 2.99 for it and it cuts all sizes of holes, it fits in the end of your drill.

    I cut mine with the next size down and just went round the hole with a round file so that the downlights was a tight fit in the hole.

    It doss a nice round hole as well but where somert on your eyes before you do the cutting because of the plaster getting in your eyes.
     
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    Hi,
    The Maplins set of holecutters is 4-99 and is great for cutting plasterboard and softwood. I've used them for SELV 12 v & GU10 perfect sizes included. Great. Better than the more expensive ones I've had for years and which stay in the box.
     

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