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05-10-2015 01:18 AM
Zoomy Those would make awesome sides/doors! Definitely something I'm going to consider if I decide it needs to be enclosed.
05-09-2015 11:44 PM
TINNGG I was going to say, don't think you want those brass screws.

Wouldn't something like this look cool for the doors...

DH would kill me if I brought in another tank for a stand like this, not to mention his reaction at "honey, could you build this stand for me?" OTOH, it would actually coordinate with the TV stand I insisted he wait and let me order.
05-09-2015 07:51 PM
Zoomy Yay, he found them...I was thinking I'd have to buy a silver paint marker and color over the gold screws.
05-09-2015 07:23 PM
Zoomy What did you all use for screws/nails? DH is only finding gold-colored...and, well, *barf*
04-30-2015 05:33 PM
Vancat2 Been watching this thread for years. What a great inspiration the original stand turned out to be.
04-30-2015 05:15 PM
Zoomy Love this thread. DH is almost excited to build one for my new 50g (36x18 footprint) tank. Plan is to use black polyurethane stain. We'll likely do sides and doors, mostly to keep nosy cats and their hair out of things. What to do for sides...still haven't decided. I kind of like the idea of sheet metal, of some sort, to match the brackets.
03-09-2015 02:54 AM
AGUILAR3 The tank footprint is smaller than the base it sits on so it's actually sitting on the strips of plywood running across the top. The 1/2" plywood are resting on the outer frame, legs and 2 inner cross brace.
03-09-2015 02:16 AM
Kathyy The corners of the tank should be directly supported by the legs. Your stand has the frames keeping the legs vertical which is fine but I cannot quite tell if the corners of the tank are directly over the legs. If the corners of the tank are on the deck and not over the legs then changing the legs so they have those extra pieces isn't going to help at all.

My first stand was constructed like that and the tank stayed up for 12 years just fine. I think I used lag bolts rather than screws though. After learning that that was all wrong I worried a lot though!
03-08-2015 10:19 PM
AGUILAR3 My apologies to Big B for not understanding his concerns. My stand is in fact missing a few very important braces. The fuchsia/purple supports pictured in the sketch below.

03-08-2015 07:59 PM
AGUILAR3 Like the picture above, the legs are not on top or under the square frames.

btw, you want to talk about scary? The 5' 110g tank I picked up came with a 1.2" thick particle board stand held together by nails and wood glue. They guy said he's had it set up for over 15yrs
03-08-2015 04:56 PM
The Big Buddha Myself, I wouldnt trust drywall screws. It just looks like in your picture the screws are what is holding the load from the top frame to the legs.
03-08-2015 04:46 PM
Originally Posted by The Big Buddha View Post
Aguilar, is it the screws that are bearing all the load on your stand?
No. My legs are resting on the floor and on the inside of the upper and lower frames like the image below.

03-08-2015 04:17 PM
Bob Madoran
Originally Posted by lhoy View Post
Just an FYI for anyone reading through this thread. Per the manufacture's website (Simpson Strong Ties) the RTC42 was discontinued in 2014 and very hard to find available on the internet.
From the manufactures web site:

RTC24 and RTC24Z Discontinued in 2014
The RTC24 and RTC24Z models are being discontinued and will have limited availability. Simpson Strong-Tie recommends substituting the new RTC2Z Rigid TieŽ Connector for these items.

As far as I can tell, the RTC42 which uses a 4x4 post has not been discontinued. The RTC24 and RTC24Z which use a 2x4 post have been a updated to a new version and the old ones are no long being made.
03-07-2015 11:30 PM
The Big Buddha Aguilar, is it the screws that are bearing all the load on your stand?
03-07-2015 01:32 PM
BS87 Another FYI for this thread, I build one of these (very similar to the original design) about 3 years ago. It's held a 40B every since, rock solid. I have no qualms about the stand holding up.
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