Hole in One

Today I did something I haven’t done before. I drilled a hole in a quartz counter top. And I have to say, it was a pretty easy thing to do.
One of my clients wants a new coffee maker, the installer told them he needs to run a 3/8-inch braided water line to it and needed a hole in their counter top to do it. That’s where I come in. first, I think that’s a crazy size waterline for a coffee maker. I work around a lot of these things and they all have ¼-inch plastic lines going to them, this braided line stuff is way overkill. But, I do what they ask me too.
I was a little nervous about this drilling out a quartz counter top stuff. This is a nice counter and I sure would hate to crack it or do some other sort of damage to it. But I watched some YouTube videos and checked out some websites and determined that, what-the-hell, I’ll give it a shot.
I picked up a Milwaukee 1 in. Diamond Plus Mini Hole Saw bit at the Home Depot. It was like $35. I was a little nervous because there was no pilot bit as part of this thing and I could just imagine it skipping along the counter as it slipped off my target. But that turned out to be a non-issue. I used some plumbers putty to make a short wall around the area to be drilled and put a small amount of water inside the putty ring. Then I just drilled it. It was a little messy, the water kinda splashed around a bit, but there was zero dust. The counter top cut far easier than I expected and took very little time.
There was a little bit of clean-up of the quartz-filled splash mud, but that was nothing. It was very easy and I was nervous for no reason. Drilling holes in your quartz counter is definitely doable by the average DIYer.