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Yes, they can. Run your drill slow when you redrill, weld might be alot harder than the metal you have now. Sharpening the drill to a 135 deg. point (flatter angle) helps too. Finally, a drill press is better than a hand held drill for this. As far as the welding goes, I am not much of a welder, but if you get a decent job it should work. I had a guy do a hole for me one time similar to this. He laid it on a piece of copper and welded around and around till the hole was filled. The back side was flat enough to use without grinding. Good luck! Steve

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IF you had some brass turned to the correct diameter you needed for the finished hole, you can put that in and weld up against it and the weld won't stick to the brass. You can then just tap out the brass and grind the weld away on the flat surface, and your hole, if welded with good prep and penetration, will be perfect. This is how I fix messed up key ways, using square brass stock. The GREAT thing about this method is you can use weld that is harder than the CRS stock that many brackets are made of, such as P-20 or H-13, and the welded area will be MUCH stronger than the original area. A reinforced hole, if you will.

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