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kamikazi 11-16-2012 04:57 PM

will this plan work?
 
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y20...kframeidea.jpg

My plan would be to build a wood frame out of 1x1s, held together with screws and flat L brackets. I would attach a plexiglass center brace to it. This DIY frame would then be placed around the existing plastic frame and super glued to it.

This is for a 75 gallon tank, with a plastic frame that has cracks at all 4 corners, missing a couple sections along the back and side, and has a crack in along the front of the center brace.

Yes, I have looked into buying a replacement frame, but have been told by many sources they are specific to the brand of tank. I can't determine the brand of tank so here is the DIY idea.

proaudio55 11-17-2012 12:56 AM

Your basic concept looks reasonable, but I think using wood near the water line is asking for trouble. Wood fibers tends to swell and distort with changes in humidity.

++sigh++

But to be brutally honest, do you have any idea how much work it is to clean up water damage? It's a nightmare!

My LFS has 75's on sale for 85 bucks! I really think this is "false economy" and bordering on Russian roulette. If you were just using this tank in the garage as a minnow live well, I'd say "Go for it, who cares if the thing explodes!" But inside a home, this is a gamble I wouldn't take... But that's just me. I mean for less than the cost of a good canister filter you can replace the entire tank: I'd just do that rather than risking a repair job.


Be sure to post pics if you attempt the repair! :)

kamikazi 11-17-2012 01:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by proaudio55 (Post 2081275)
Your basic concept looks reasonable, but I think using wood near the water line is asking for trouble. Wood fibers tends to swell and distort with changes in humidity.

++sigh++

But to be brutally honest, do you have any idea how much work it is to clean up water damage? It's a nightmare!

My LFS has 75's on sale for 85 bucks! I really think this is "false economy" and bordering on Russian roulette. If you were just using this tank in the garage as a minnow live well, I'd say "Go for it, who cares if the thing explodes!" But inside a home, this is a gamble I wouldn't take... But that's just me. I mean for less than the cost of a good canister filter you can replace the entire tank: I'd just do that rather than risking a repair job.


Be sure to post pics if you attempt the repair! :)

I wish I could get a new tank at that price.

I would be finishing the wood with waterproof seal.


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