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post #91 of 416 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, white it is! Also, friend of mine came by to advise on the doors. I have a solution, just have to do it.

Essentially going to remove the melamine from the front, cut strips for the outer edges, then cut the large board down into 4 doors to fill the remaining space. A 2x4 or 2x6 will be used as a stile for the center. I have just enough cup hinges (recovered from some old/tossed furniture) and handles to get the job done. Said friend will also bring over some edge banding because anything less is pretty ghetto in his mind.

Oh yeah, also found a local pool store that should have some cutoffs of spa-flex I can take. Hopefully that pans out!
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post #92 of 416 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 07:44 PM
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Good luck!

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post #93 of 416 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, moar pics.

Ye olde drille presse
With 1" forstner bit for the cup hinges.


Adding the strips and stile




Stile required some minor material removal


Yes, I will be keeping my day job






Foam mat repurposed
Yay bandsaw making this task super quick!





Preview of the trim




So everything is cut...here's what's next:
  • Trim strips of foam mat to fit
  • Paint trim pieces
  • Paint/caulk stand interior
  • Investigate conduit possibilities for wiring
  • Lower stand to floor, shim
  • Drill tank (set on end)
  • Place tank on stand, begin plumbing game!

Plumbing game will be a lot of fun.


Edit: Ya, I get it. The doors are not level. Why? Because I built the frame/carcass on my garage floor. Said floor is the antithesis of 'level' and 'smooth'. Also...first time. Mostly the floor's fault.
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Edit: Ya, I get it. The doors are not level. Why? Because I built the frame/carcass on my garage floor. Said floor is the antithesis of 'level' and 'smooth'. Also...first time. Mostly the floor's fault.
There is a saying in the construction industry.
"Always the tool, never the operator..... Unless the operator is a tool."

You, sir, are no tool. That looks good to me. As for the gap in between the sets of doors, a scrap piece of the same material will take care of that.

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post #95 of 416 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Haha, very kind. However, for once I am glad for crappy cellphone pictures. It'll do the job, but lol it's really bad cabinetry. My carpenter buddy is going to have a field day.

Yeah, the real issue with those strips - not that I could think of a better method - is that you have to...hm...just thought of a fix. Essentially they are affixed by wood screws through the 2x4 frame. This was a rather awkward process, and I don't see it holding up over time. I think I'll do screws from the face side and then add some of those Ikea-esque vinyl screw caps.

Anyways...the hard part is done. Will be very glad when paint is done!
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post #96 of 416 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Well, some small progress today. Took most of the afternoon just cleaning up and putting away tools.






Going out there shortly to decide if a 2nd coat is worth it. This is primer/sealer, so really just cosmetic beyond what I've done. Since there are no windows into the sump area, no point in making it perfect.

Also about to leave on vacation for 6 days, so was really hoping to have the stand off the blocks, onto shims, and maybe even have the tank drilled and mounted onto the stand. Hm. We'll see.
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post #97 of 416 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Hokey dinah. Water leak test commencing.

Tank on the new stand
You really get a good feel for how it'll look once it's downstairs once it's all put together.



Sumpy!
Sumpy. He fits. Just. Another 1" of width and he'd snug right in - as-is he must be dropped into place. Don't mind the 2x lumber, just temporary for plumbing fitment.



Side view, an idea of the ledge size
I think it's 2" wider than I'd envisioned...but a good and handy size nonetheless.



It begins...
At this point the stereo goes off and my hearing moves into paranoid mode. Also, I discovered that only the ends are being supported!!! The 2x6's apparently have a 1/32" bow in them (totally thought I had the crowns up... :S ).



So fresh and so clear...
Quite impressed with how clear everything is.



Groovy
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Full!
No ominous creaking or cracks...so we'll go with that 1/32" gap will disappear once I get things onto the slab.





We're away this weekend, so hopefully it doesn't explode and ruin my garage. (haha, not like it could get much worse) Sunday evening when we're back I'll do the final measurements for the sump and overflow, Monday get the glass ordered, and then work on drilling/plumbing!

edit: My phone also got stolen/went missing whilst on vacation last week, so new iPhone camera pics for this post! I sense a noticeable improvement in IQ.
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Tank hasn't cracked or exploded overnight...but that gap is still there. Guess that foam doesn't compress as much as I'd hoped. I'll be leaving it full until Sunday, then draining for drilling prep.
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Looking good! Damn you for making faster progress than me. I'm going to have to get my butt in gear to get planted before you do.

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post #100 of 416 (permalink) Old 09-13-2013, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Haha, well the goal is to have a fully functional plumbing system by end of next weekend...substrate/planting done by the following weekend. GL!

To be honest, I would not rush if all my plants/fish weren't sitting in limbo. So take your time!
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Awww, way to deny my attempt at starting friendly back and forth smack-talk. I'm hurt. I think I'm going to fill my tank with all the tears you're making me cry.

Looking forward to seeing your system up and going.

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Sorry, I'm Canadian and didn't want to cause unnecessary grief.

Also, let's be honest here, my system is pretty piddly compared to what you have in the works - you'd be doing yourself and everyone drooling after you a disservice by rushing.

TL;DR: I'm going to win this race. Sucka whut.
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It's ok about being Canadian. Many important people in my life are from that esteemed nation. Plus, my favorite car ever, 2005 Monte Carlo SS, was made in Oshawa so that city has a place in my heart forever.

Yeah, you may win the race but I'm gonna win the...uh, I'm not sure what I'll actually win. Higher hydro bills? More $$ forked out to stock the thing? Super wrinkly arms and hands from the hours needed to trim this beast? Maybe I need a smaller tank.

Oh yeah. Big tanks get the girls. That's it. Yup. "Hey baby, wanna come back to my little house in the country and spend some time in my basement? I've got some AMAZING aquariums. Really. I promise. *cough* It puts the lotion on its back. *cough*"

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I'll concede to that point. My wife wouldn't approve.

With a tank your size, I could get my son to go swimming for the plant trimming sessions! That's a bonus right there. Any tank that requires swimming trunks for maintenance is win.
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What do I get if I add a snorkel to the swimming trunks?

Other than really wet...

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