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The stand is finally finished today. I'll be posting up pictures soon.. Also got a DIY Garden Mat haha.
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UPDATED!! Finished stand!!
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CAUTION - Do not make a toe kick!! The front of the tank is really unstable because of it.. Since it was the first diy stand I made, there were many mistakes, this being the biggest one. When building an ADA stand, build it normally and put a 3/4" piece of plywood underneath so the door will be able to open. Don't make the toe kick! I now have to put a piece of wood to support the front end in case the thing gets shaken so it doesn't fall and create a huge disaster..
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CAUTION - Do not make a toe kick!! The front of the tank is really unstable because of it.. Since it was the first diy stand I made, there were many mistakes, this being the biggest one. When building an ADA stand, build it normally and put a 3/4" piece of plywood underneath so the door will be able to open. Don't make the toe kick! I now have to put a piece of wood to support the front end in case the thing gets shaken so it doesn't fall and create a huge disaster..
I don't think the toe kick is the problem. Kitchen/bath type cabinets have toe kicks and they are stable. I have had no problem with tanks on top of them. I'd look into the surface you have the tank on. Rug? Or the way your cabinet sits on the flooring. If you actually look at a cabinet most of them have to be shimmed so the cabinet isn't really sitting on the flooring with all four sides touching.

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When building an ADA stand, build it normally and put a 3/4" piece of plywood underneath so the door will be able to open. Don't make the toe kick!
That's how ADA toe kicks are made. Not sure where you got the design/dimensions for your version, but it is significantly different than ADA's.
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This is the bottom of my ADA sand built to ADA specs. How could it possibly be unstable? The bottom right pic shows the reveal and the door goes against the edge forming the final reveal where you can see it lacking.

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I think kitchen and bath sinks don't fall forward like that because they're pretty much stuck to the wall. The door is pretty heavy on the ADA stand and when I opened the door and tilted it to the front a bit, it would fall forward. This is what happened when there was nothing on it. Thankfully the stand doesn't fall forward now that the tanks weight is on top of it..
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That's how ADA toe kicks are made. Not sure where you got the design/dimensions for your version, but it is significantly different than ADA's.
I thought the ADA stand were made with a toe kick like that. I pretty much just went by this and some printings of jB's stand : http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...roducts_id=339

If you compare that stand with mine, the bottom area looks kind of similar so I thought I was on the right track. The stand seemed to be fine and stable with it until the door was added.

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Maybe it's simply the weight of the door. You've got the general idea, just the ADA stands have 3/4" reveal around the whole bottom, but he front reveal is created when the door is added. From the pics it looks like you added the reveal at the front, and now the door makes another.

Whateva, it looks good anyway! As long as it stand upright... Otherwise the logistics of tank maintanence could be interesting.
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I think kitchen and bath sinks don't fall forward like that because they're pretty much stuck to the wall. The door is pretty heavy on the ADA stand and when I opened the door and tilted it to the front a bit, it would fall forward. This is what happened when there was nothing on it. Thankfully the stand doesn't fall forward now that the tanks weight is on top of it..
I've seen an ADA stand in person and the doors themselves are very light. I suspect they are hollow core.

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I finally put a tool rack in my stand after a month haha.. It's an 18' magnetic holder that I got on sale for $4.00. Instead of screwing in the tool rack, I simply put some double sided tape on each end and the middle. It's not going anywhere and it was a lot quicker and easier.

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post #45 of 46 (permalink) Old 07-07-2012, 06:47 PM
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i build a stand similar to ADA. maybe i should call it ADA inspired haha. i didnt use a toe kick and it stands well. im on carpeting though so its a little shakier but nothing too bad. nice stand!
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