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sean
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 05 2:26 pm    Post subject: Drilling/fixing to slate question...  Reply with quote    

I need to fix a threshold (is that right? Something for my front door to close against at the bottom). Our doorstep is slate and about the only thing I know about slate is that it splits easily. What sort of drill should I use, or has anyone any cunning suggestions?

dougal



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 05 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Adhesive?

judith



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 05 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Probably talking out of my you-know-where here, but doesn't slate split when you apply pressure down through the layers? (Is that called cleaving?). If you are drilling perpendicular to the grain, I would think it should be OK. After all, roof slates have holes drilled in them.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 05 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

No cunning suggestions, but I recently cut slate tiles for a hearth using a water cooled cutting wheel, no problems

Drill and hosepipe perhaps?

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