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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-26-2013, 08:32 AM Thread Starter
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Easiest way to derim

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I'm working one armed and a cast. My right arm arm is still soar from surgery two months ago and my left arm is in a cast and6
hurts like hell from surgery 2.5 weeks ago
What is the easiest way to derim a tank. My thought is heat gun the center and razor the corners... Any thoughts on this or any other method?
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Use a dremel tool to cut the rim into small segments and run a sharp razor under it afterwards and pull it off. More time consuming but less physical effort.
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Use a dremel tool to cut the rim into small segments and run a sharp razor under it afterwards and pull it off. More time consuming but less physical effort.
Great idea.
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I used a soldering iron rather than a dremel so that I won't scratch or break the glass.

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Wait until you're healed so you can use both hands! I did the top rim on a 5 gallon and got the heat gun out, razor blades, all sorts of stuff. All I needed was the utility knife. Although a dremel tool would be handy to cut through the corners of the rim.
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I just de-rimmed a 60 gallon tank last Saturday with one hand working at 75% (recovering from an elbow dislocation). All I used was the utility knife and a small Swiss Army knife. I guess I was lucky because it the silicon used on it was a tad thicker than usual. So I only needed to use some strength pushing the knife into 1 corner. After that it was like peeling an apple. I did spend some time to scrape off the silicon residue, that's were the Swiss knife came in.

But I agree with creekbottom, wait 'til your hands are healed... at least when your full arm isn't sore anymore.
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The dremel got the bulk, off,,, I think I cut down into the glass a bit though, in few places. If I did, hopefully I can smooth it out enugh to make it even. If not I'll turn the worst side into the back side. I wont know until I get the excess silicone off. I think I'll finish it up using a soldering iron and razor blades.
I definitely need to hurry, ive already ordered some plants and planters.
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