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|06-01-2015 01:34 AM|
And... done. Light works and it stays upright all on its own. That's just a derimmed 2.5 gallon for size comparison. Final pics:
|05-30-2015 10:36 PM|
Everything's now painted and I'm almost finished sorting out the wiring. Updated first post, photos also below.
|04-09-2015 08:50 PM|
|brohawk||And... two years later I got around to sanding and priming it. Dry fit photos updated in the original post. More updates hopefully to come.|
|04-08-2013 04:54 PM|
Forgot to mention; I found some rubber gaskets that are the same 1/4" ID as the tubing's OD which you can see in the last pic. This makes the fixture's position much more stable, and won't scrape the eventual paint job up when adjusting the height and/or length.
Weather's been pretty crummy up here lately. Not sure when I'll have a nice enough day to start the painting process.
|03-20-2013 01:06 AM|
|CPDzeke||No updates? I kinda need a full tutorial.|
|03-01-2013 10:49 PM|
|kingjombeejoe||I like the look of the rivets it makes it yours and not a copy.|
|03-01-2013 10:27 PM|
Thanks again everyone. I'm looking fwd to seeing its final form as well.
Originally Posted by All your base View Post
|03-01-2013 12:16 PM|
|All your base||
Originally Posted by brohawk View Post
Great job by the way.
|02-28-2013 09:39 PM|
Amazing, Nice Job.
|02-28-2013 09:21 PM|
|pweifan||You're a natural. This turned out really well. I'm looking forward to seeing the end result.|
|02-28-2013 07:26 PM|
Originally Posted by Knicolas View Post
|02-28-2013 07:23 PM|
|brohawk||Thanks! Hoping to make a little more progress this weekend but we'll see.|
|02-28-2013 04:54 AM|
|Knicolas||No experience working with metal? Coulda fooled me!|
|02-19-2013 10:21 PM|
DIY ADA Mini Solar
Very impressive !
|02-19-2013 10:16 PM|
|brohawk||Thanks very much for the compliments. Yes, welding would be the obvious choice here. And while I do have access to a buddy who's a professional welder, I wanted to try this w/ just some common tools instead. Like I said in the initial post, I could have reduced the number of rivets from 6 to just 2 in the top of the half-pipe. Especially if I used slightly thicker sheet and a little epoxy or JB Weld to bond the sheet to the arcs made of flat bar. I don't know if I'd trust it to last long once in operation w/ the heat the bulbs put out if I just used epoxy and w/o at least 2 rivets. You could use smaller rivets though, for sure. I chose larger as I thought they actually might detract less, being flatter than smaller ones. Personal preference though. The 3 rivets in each end cap would probably be unavoidable but I used smaller ones there anyway.|
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