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kawakid
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PostPosted: 16:19 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Where can I get a strip of metal with pre-drilled holes. Reply with quote

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Hi,

I've made a picture (sort of) of what I want.

For the purpose of fixing a belly pan and for various other DIY jobs,
Where can I get a strip of metal with pre drilled holes in it?

In similar way to the Mecano things of the past.

I've tried B&Q and also ebay, but I don't know what to search for apart from metal with holes.

Anyone, whats the correct word?


http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b82/mondeokid/metal_strip.jpg
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PostPosted: 16:25 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

For something specific like that you'd need to take a proper diagram to a metal workshop and have them knock it out for you. I've had various bits done like that and it usually costs around 20-30 for a bit.
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PostPosted: 16:30 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not looking for anything big, just really small ish, maybe 6 or 7inches long, maybe with a 6 or 7mm pre drilled holes.

I can think of loads of uses.
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PostPosted: 16:59 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

kawakid wrote:
I'm not looking for anything big, just really small ish, maybe 6 or 7inches long, maybe with a 6 or 7mm pre drilled holes.

I can think of loads of uses.


The B&Q in Eastbourne sells loads of plate metal, various sizes and finishes, and I've noticed lots of long stuff too, various holes and suchlike in them. I'm suprised you couldn't find any at your local branch. Did you ask a monkey for help/advice?
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PostPosted: 17:18 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well Maplins sell these 4.49

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pack of metal strips measuring approximately 300 x 10mm and 0 5mm thick, ideal for producing ties and struts for models, and for providing rigid straps for mounting motors, etc. Each pack contains five strips constructed from galvanised steel to prevent rusting and discolouration.



Amazing what you can bring up with "pre drilled strip metal" on google that was on the 1st page Mr. Green
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PostPosted: 18:05 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why don't you do the job properly and make up a bracket with some plain sheet cut and bent to suit? You won't need anything special to make a simple bracket. Or are a pair of snips, hack saw drill, maybe a file, paper and pencil out of the question? Oh an old filing cabinet can be useful in these situations too Very Happy

Suppose if you must resort to the sort of methods normally associated with cheap and nasty bolt on tat for cars why not try Halfrauds?
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kawakid
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PostPosted: 20:32 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

iooi wrote:


Well found that's exactly what I want.


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Why don't you do the job properly and make up a bracket with some plain sheet cut and bent to suit? You won't need anything special to make a simple bracket. Or are a pair of snips, hack saw drill, maybe a file, paper and pencil out of the question? Oh an old filing cabinet can be useful in these situations too Very Happy


Its not just for the belly pan, but I do see your point, I just want to
make the job easy.

I broke 2 drill bits today just drilling a bolt out, not my idea of fun.
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PostPosted: 21:06 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drilling a bolt out isn't the easiest thing in the world. It's a far-cry from cutting and drilling a strip of metal for a specific purpose. A small vice, some tinsnips, a small hammer, a centre-punch and a cheap battery drill is all you require for many jobs. I have a small workshop that's better equipped than most diy'ers but that's all I would use to do that job, and many others like it.
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PostPosted: 23:11 - 21 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of my race bikes have been held together with just such metal.
Think it was from homebase and sold as a 'mending strip', or similar. I expect it would be around the woodscrews.

As geri suggests, it shouldn't be hard to create something to your 'specs' though. I keep a couple of old computer cases (back from when they were actually made of metal!) which I'll cut up on occasion.
I've got a variety of powered tools to do it, but a junior hacksaw and cheap drill would probably do the job fine.
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PostPosted: 20:00 - 22 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's my contribution to the recycling process too Laughing
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PostPosted: 17:01 - 23 Jan 2008    Post subject: Reply with quote

go into your local car alarm fiters and ask for some, they use it to mount aftermarket central locking motors into car doors.
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