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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 02:30 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Stand for In-Wall Tank

I am framing a wall to fit a 65 gallon. I have the tank sitting on 2x4 legs with a top frame made from 2x4's The front legs are supported by studs and the back legs are tied together with 90* metal hurricane ties. The bottom plates are secured to the concrete. I can go as crazy or minimal as needed. I still need to add some small stud sections on 16 centers for the wall. Should I add extra bracing or will the metal ties be good enough. I want to leave the bottom area open for easy access to the sump. This setup will have no front access.

My 40 gallon particle board stand was made so that the top frame was notched and only supported by 1/2in. It was also open in the front and back, so this seems like overkill to me.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 01:47 PM
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Those ties are fine. Racking will be prevented by all the drywall you'll put up. The weight is all on the wood legs and not on the fasteners so you're sitting pretty.
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agreed, you are good to go


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Good to go with one small question. Is there something going on the right end as we see it, to keep the back section from coming forward? In theory, the treated could tend to warp and make the back section move a bit. More theory that fact but now would be a good time to add a brace if there is not going to be a panel, etc to hold that end. Otherwise plenty strong.

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The back section is also secured to the floor. I am hoping the weight of the tank and the 1/4 Tapcon screws will keep everything in place. The main stud in the wall to the right of the tank is now doubled also.
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