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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to prevent a disaster waiting to happen

Does anyone know what I can put here to be able to prevent any mishaps of my bar falling into tank AND be able to adjust the bar higher or lower?

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Whether it is plastic, metal, ss, etc...just need it ASAP and easily to attach (glue, nails, etc..)
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If it were me I would cut a few small pieces of wood and screw them into the stand in the shape of L's or even a U shape at different levels so you can adjust it.

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You can pound some long nails into the back wall at different heights to use as height adjusters.

I would replace the lumber with a metal or wooden rod. Or you can use a length of chain that the links will be able to slide over the long nails.

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I hope those are on a gfci.
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I hope those are on a gfci.
What is gfci?
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I am assuming that the piece of wood the lights are hanging from is a 2x4 which is actually 1 1/2 x 3 1/2. Well they make what they call joist hangers for 2x4 you could screw in at different heights, course the heights are determined by the 2x4,,, you know one above the other. Or you could just screw little pieces of wood like 1x2 cut 3 inches long and mount them at different heights kinda like for a shelf, and just rest the bar on each level without attaching it. Or like Deeda said use a closet rod and use the plastic hanging caps that go with the rod. A gfi recepticle is ground fault interuption recepticle used for kitchen or bathroom applications.
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Gfci is a ground fault something something. So when it falls into the water it will blow the "fuse" in the gfci and not electrocute your fish too severely

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> Remove the clamps from the bracket on the light fixture
> bolt or use a wood screw to attach the bracket directly to the wood board
> On the top of that board install 2- Eye hooks
> Attach 2 -eyehooks to the bottom of the of the tank stand top
> connect the the eye hooks with string

You now have a hanging light fixture in you stand. adjust height with the string.
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>Remove the board that he light fixtures are clamped to.

>Cut 1" of one end.

>Remove the clamps from the Light fixture

>Run a screw or bolt through the bracket BLUE DOT, into the wood board GREEN DOT

> add eye hooks, 1 each YELLOW DOT

> Connect eye hooks with string or chain RED LINE

You can now adjust height with the string/chain.
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GFIC ground fault intrupter circuit , if the lights fall the gfi kills the power and or saves your life .

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could switch out for a tension pole like for showers and closets putting a support point in the middle
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GFCI Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt. And they are sensitive. I was doing a little rewire on a light after the switch. Power was on but the light switch was off. Just my sweaty hand touching the ground and white popped it. Always add one the life you don't kill may be your own.

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Update:

TY....here it is
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Aqualady has the answer! I had one too, but not nearly as good.

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