1992 - Volume #16, Issue #5, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Holes In Burned Rubber GasketI got tired of trying to use a drill bit to make holes in rubber gasket so I came up with a new idea. I make a mark for the hole, and place the rubber in a vice. Then I grind the end of a steel rod down to a point, heat it red hot, and push it down through the rubber. It burns a perfect hole in the exact size and place I want it. A drill bit jumps around and never cuts the rubber out perfect. The rod can be whatever size you want. The photo shows the rod I used to make holes in a self-aligning shaft coupler for my Deere 95 combine. It would also work for making rubber cab mounts, etc. (Richard Breneman, Rt. 3, Parsons, Kan. 67357 ph 316 421-5227).
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