Enlarging a hole for a deadbolt

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I've done it, too. But I don't wanna do it again. Perhaps I should let my son do it, though. He needs to learn.

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Hello,
I didn't see the original post, but from what I read here it looks like this "oops" arbor made by Starrett might just do the trick. It allows you to use two hole saws on one arbor. The "new" larger sized one cuts the properly sized hole, while the "old" original sized one guides it. I haven't used one yet, but it seems like a good idea.
Here's the link:
http://www.mcfeelys.com/product.asp?ProductID=hs-0019
Hope this helps, Peter.

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That is actually pretty neat. I'd probably test it out on a piece of scrap first, as I could see possible jumping out of the hole, but for $7 seems like a reasonable investment.

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You know, I was thinking that if you clamped your guide hole on top and a 1/4" piece of ply, or 1/8" piece of masonite on the bottom, the guide bit for the hole saw may go through the bottom piece (as long as the blade doesn't get through the door). This would give you a guide hole for the flip cut without resetting anything.
Just figure out how much clearance you have between the bit and the blade depth.
-Mike

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Of course, I could also change the guide bit to a much longer one. I've got some throwaway bits that I wouldn't mind filing a notch in to catch the arbor's set screw.

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On Mon, 11 Oct 2004 19:51:14 GMT, "Doug Kanter"

I have noticed a decided decrease in the talent level of the HD employees in the last couple of years. Not that it was ever like the commercials, with a wise old construction hand in every aisle, but a lot of the staff seemed to know SOMETHING. Of late the people are younger and don't seem to have any construction experience at all.
I think it's a combination of cost cutting and one heck of a lot of construction going on (at least around here - NYC), draining the "talent pool".
Greg Guarino
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Tonight's HD adventure: The light strip over my stove has 4 halogen bulbs. One is burnt out. The sticker on the outside says "25w type T-4 halogen bulbs only". Two HD geniuses couldn't marry me to those bulbs, so they called the guy who was supposedly their electrical specialist. After 5 minutes of staring at the light bulb display, he asked "Are you sure something else might not fit?" I said "Well....no. I'm not sure. I'm asking YOU". We ended it there and I moved to the rest of my list.
My goal was to avoid disassembling the silly fixture until I had the new bulb, since it means leaving the fixture dangling over the stove. So much for that.
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Wow, you actually found an employee at a Home Depot? Usually when I go, there seem to be only two people working, and they are at the checkouts. One of them is often on the phone, too. This leaves the Self Checkout, which usually has two of the four terminals operational at any given time, and about 76 people waiting in line while someone is trying to figure out how to scan a piece of drywall over the machine, while it complains that "an item has been removed from the bagging area".
Thank heavens I live in a metropolitan area with a lot of independently owned contractor warehouses & specialty supply stores... Depot is a measure of last resort (e.g. on Sundays when everything else is closed). And I must admit the 24-hour one has come in handy a couple times. But other than that, I fear Depot like little else.

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We don't have self-checkouts here. But, I used one at a supermarket in a neighboring city while returning from a camping trip. I was carrying a pistol. After dicking around with the stupid thing for 3 minutes, I found myself thinking of pulling the pistol and putting the machine out of its misery. Fortunately, a cooler mind prevailed (girlfriend). :-)
Those things were designed by the same monsters who came up with the Firebird or Camaro (many years ago) which required loosening an engine mount to get at the last spark plug.

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Jamie wrote:

I occasionally shop in a HD. Usually, the employees are walking aimlessly through the aisles and basically ignore the customers, unless you happen to grab one of them. A couple of years ago, a new Lowes was being built about a quarter mile down the street from the HD. I happen to go into the HD while the Lowes was still under construction. Everywhere I went in the HD, almost every employee within 100' of me came up, greeted me, and asked if I needed help. I knew the reason, and joked to my wife that they were probably going to add valet parking. :-)

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Actually, that's company policy. They pile on extra staff when they open a new store, or if a competitor is about to attack.
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<Snip> This leaves the Self Checkout, which

Not at my neighborhood HD. At mine the majority of the customers either haven't found the self checkout yet, or are too technophobic to use it. I hope it stays that way forever.
Once you get used to the idea that you must drop each item in the bag after you scan it, it works pretty well. I even LOOKED UP AN ITEM MYSELF on the machine when I had an item with no bar code.
My HD is 7 blocks from my house. Since they installed the self checkout I can make a round trip for a couple of small items in 20 minutes. I also try to plan ahead, buying what I need for Saturday on a Thursday evening at maybe 9 PM. HD will never be heaven, but on weekday nights it's at least one of the higher rings of purgatory.
Greg
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Greg G posted for all of us....

I think the "talent pool" needs more chlorine - shocked...
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Tekkie

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You keep your used masking tape from previous projects? Seems strange that you're into saving stuff like that, but then want to waste some bondo and a 1/2 lb. of toothpicks to fill a hole that you're about to remove.
The best solution I read in the original thread was to cut the new size hole in a scrap of plywood. Clamp this over the old hole, and use it for a guide. Cut halfway through, then flip the door over and repeat from the other side. You can ensure correct placement for the back cut by placing alignment marks on some masking tape (new or old) on the door edge and on the plywood, then matching them up on the other side.
Waiting for Bondo to set? You're obviously charging by the hour. It certainly would work reliably though...
-Mike
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