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Old 01-25-2020, 06:22 PM   #1
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Drill here

Installing a new stackable washer and dryer. I called Forest River to get schematics ror the rear cap to find out where to drill the dryer vent. Even though there is a tag that states DRILL HERE
I just wanted to be sure that there were no studs or wires in the way
Well, after four or five calls and nothing but voicemails and no return calls, i drilled. Ofcourse right through a aluminum stud.
Oh well, now what?
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Old 01-25-2020, 11:48 PM   #2
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Stud finder should have been step one.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:05 AM   #3
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When I put my Splendide in, I drilled a 1/4 inch hole through the inside wall only, on the "drill here" mark. Didn't hit anything so then I used a 1 inch spade drill, again through the inside only. I stuck a finger in to feel all around to make sure there were no obstructions. Then I used a 1 inch hole saw with a 1/4 pilot bit to drill the 1/4 inch hole through the outside wall. I followed that with the full size hole saw to do the inside wall only.
Once I had the 1/4 inch through the outside wall, I used my full size hole saw with the 1/4 inch pilot to bore through from the OUTSIDE for the outside wall. Doing it this way insured my full size holes lined up for my dryer vent and I had no splintering of material on the outside, or inside.

If you only have a small hole in a stud, move over enough to clear it and continue on. You can put a screw in your false hole if you want to plug it with something.
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Old 01-26-2020, 12:43 AM   #4
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A simple cut with a utility knife to see what is inside. Them you can drill your pilot hole and patch the side wall after. Never see it beside the dryer.
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