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Old 10-13-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Question What is Allegro countertop made of?

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I am doing some drilling and want to know what it is before I start.
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Do you have solid surface (i.e. Corian) countertops? If not, they are probably Formica type material.
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Thanks for the reply.
If those are the two choices, then it would be Corian. It is solid all the way through. I am changing the stock faucet to one with a pull out hose and am going to enlarge the hole where the old hose came out out so I can install a soap dispenser.
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I don't know how brittle Corian is, but you don't want to crack it, and enlarging holes is a good way to do that. I think if it were my project, I'd do either a simple thing like placing several layers of duct tape on both sides of the hole.

If I had the time, I'd mix up some epoxy and fill in the existing hole, and lather it on both edges (don't get it on the shiny stuff!). You want to dampen vibration while drilling.
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I am doing some drilling and want to know what it is before I start.
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It is solid all the way through. I am changing the stock faucet to one with a pull out hose and am going to enlarge the hole where the old hose came out out so I can install a soap dispenser.
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There are many brands of similar, but different, solid surface counter top materials.
Exactly what is in your particular coach should be listed in your owners manual.
With that info do a search for "working with -----" or "drilling -----".
Better safe than sorry.
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A call to Tiffen would answer the question best.
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Steve,

Drilling solid surface material is easy. I'd use a hole saw but it can be done with a twist bit or spade bit if you are careful. Enlarging an exisiting hole is really tough, however. You might want to clamp a board underneath and use a longer pilot bit in the hole saw to keep the saw centered.
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Drilling solid surface material is easy. I'd use a hole saw but it can be done with a twist bit or spade bit if you are careful. Enlarging an exisiting hole is really tough, however. You might want to clamp a board underneath and use a longer pilot bit in the hole saw to keep the saw centered.
X2 Used hole saw to drill out for soap dispenser. No problem at all. Was expecting it to be much harder
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X2 Used hole saw to drill out for soap dispenser. No problem at all. Was expecting it to be much harder

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Thanks everybody for your input.
Calling Tiffin is usually a 2-3 day wait for a reply.
I figured it was corian from the responses and checked on the internet for ways to drill/enlarge the hole.
Youtube was quite helpful with several videos on how to drill the counter top.
I purchased a drill guide from Sears so when I drilled the drill would remain perpendicular. I used a hole saw and it went easier than I expected. Now everything is done and the DW is happy.
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Thanks everybody for your input.
Calling Tiffin is usually a 2-3 day wait for a reply.
I figured it was corian from the responses and checked on the internet for ways to drill/enlarge the hole.
Youtube was quite helpful with several videos on how to drill the counter top.
I purchased a drill guide from Sears so when I drilled the drill would remain perpendicular. I used a hole saw and it went easier than I expected. Now everything is done and the DW is happy.
Good for you. Did you need to use any lubricant (even if just to keep the dust down)?

I looked at granite yesterday, and while there I saw some man-made stone. The owner said they treat the stuff like wood when cutting it. Easy (to them)
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Hi,
I didn't use any lubricant. It went easily. I used slow speed as recommended to prevent overheating and melting. Used a vacuum cleaner to clean up the droppings and all is well...
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Good for you. Did you need to use any lubricant (even if just to keep the dust down)?

I looked at granite yesterday, and while there I saw some man-made stone. The owner said they treat the stuff like wood when cutting it. Easy (to them)
I have drilled granite tiles and I watched them drill the holes for my granite coutner tops. You need what I call a cup hole saw. not sure if that is the right name or not. It has a cup around the hole saw that holds water. You keep the cup full of water while you drill. Also special bit. If you use the right saw and keep plenty of water on while it drills is not hard at all.
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