All Things Gardening forum: how to make holes in the bottom of a stainless steel stock pot

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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May 26, 2016 3:04 PM CST
I picked it up at a yard sale and it rather good sized, and I'd like to use it as a planter. My husband says it is impossible to make drain holes in it Shrug!
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
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May 26, 2016 3:16 PM CST
I would think using a punch to first dimple where you want the holes then a good drill bit to drill out the holes. While you're drilling add some 3-N-1 oil (do they still make that) down the shaft of the bit which will make cutting the holes easier. Also, drilling at a slower speed will help.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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May 26, 2016 3:56 PM CST
Or a work-around could be to put your plant(s) in a shorter plastic pot and set that on rocks or bricks to allow extra water to sit in the bottom of the pot rather than the bottom of your soil. If it rains real heavily, you could lift the plastic pot out to empty the surplus. Wrap the plastic pot with spagnum moss so the edge doesn't show.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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May 26, 2016 4:12 PM CST
I bought my husband a hammer drill for father's day last year for just such tasks

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