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Author Topic: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?  (Read 5691 times)

Mark Chrysostom

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Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« on: August 22, 2011, 07:12:29 pm »

What's the best way to make the holes bigger? Uni-bit?
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011, 07:42:10 pm »

What's the best way to make the holes bigger? Uni-bit?

A Greenlee hole punch would be the "best" way.
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011, 07:44:34 pm »

What's the best way to make the holes bigger? Uni-bit?

A Greenlee hole punch would be the "best" way.

Well played. What about the best way that costs less than buying a snake with XLR returns?
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2011, 07:55:50 pm »

What's the best way to make the holes bigger? Uni-bit?
Hi, actually I think a uni-bit would probably be just about the worst way.  It seems you wouldn't have any control over the size of the hole, and the end result would be quite variable. 

I'd just get a little box of drill bits from Sears or similar.  It sounds like the "pilot" holes are already drilled for you.  So just match up the correct size drill to what you actually need.

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duane massey

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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2011, 07:58:52 pm »

Definitely a Unibit. Faster, cheaper, and more versatile. I have both, and only use the Greenlee's if I'm working with an electrical box and need a really big hole.

A unibit, or step-bit, drills very precise holes. Not sure why you would think otherwise.
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011, 08:01:50 pm »

Now, to decide if it's worth the trouble... Thanks homies.
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2011, 08:04:26 pm »

Jared, it will be worth the trouble. You might even consider installing XLR's next to the TRS connectors and wiring them in parallel if there is room.
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2011, 08:21:27 pm »

Well played. What about the best way that costs less than buying a snake with XLR returns?

A Greenlee 15/16" chassis punch is 41.33 at Mouser Electronics...is that going to break the bank? Will you never in your life time need to punch XLR holes again?
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2011, 10:05:33 pm »

Well played. What about the best way that costs less than buying a snake with XLR returns?

A Greenlee 15/16" chassis punch is 41.33 at Mouser Electronics...is that going to break the bank? Will you never in your life time need to punch XLR holes again?

Good point.

I've been doing this (with my own gear) for 4 years now. I haven't needed to punch 15/16" holes yet, but I might in the future...
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Re: Replacing panel-mount 1/4" with XLR on a snake box...?
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2011, 10:10:48 pm »

Well played. What about the best way that costs less than buying a snake with XLR returns?

A Greenlee 15/16" chassis punch is 41.33 at Mouser Electronics...is that going to break the bank? Will you never in your life time need to punch XLR holes again?

Having been a machinist for over 20 years;
 
1) A larger drill will lead to torn sheetmetal and possibly injury.
 
2) A step drill will work if it's high quality AND has the right size on it.
 
3) A Greenlee punch will last forever, won't hurt you, makes a clean hole, and costs about the same as the step drill.
 
Use the Greenlee punch.
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