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eek! cracked stand

I got a great deal on a used tank and stand online. Problem is the stand has a long crack on one side in the back, essentially the pressed wood is split. The damage seems old, the watermarks are quite dry.How the heck so I fix this and solidify it? I`m handy with tools but I need a bit of direction... thanks!!

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-27-2011, 05:04 AM
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What size tank is it? For a 10 gallon stand, the crack means nothing. For a 150 gallon tank stand, it might mean a lot.

Since you are handy with tools, I think you should just make a stand from either 3/4 plywood or 2 x 4's skinned with thin plywood. That is easy and cheap to do.

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you could go grab a few steel strap ties to help shore it up until you figure out what to do with it.


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it`s a 40 gallon, so 450 pounds minus substrate so heavy enough.

Good idea hoppy, unfortunately I`m tight on time, which is why I bought a tank with a stand - to avoid having to build one

Noahma, not sure what you mean by steel strap ties!

I suppose I`ll try white glue and perhaps strenghten it with 2x2s
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it`s a 40 gallon, so 450 pounds minus substrate so heavy enough.

Good idea hoppy, unfortunately I`m tight on time, which is why I bought a tank with a stand - to avoid having to build one

Noahma, not sure what you mean by steel strap ties!

I suppose I`ll try white glue and perhaps strenghten it with 2x2s
Strap ties are used in construction for various methods, like holding trusses to the tops of structures, they are steel lengths with holes through the middle, you can grab a couple of them, and some bolts, drill the holes in an area through the stand, and make sure they are tight against the stand. Insert bolts, and tighten them down. They can hold a ton of weight, so it might stabilize the stand for you.


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Just take a straight 1x2 and cut it to run the whole length of the back...get some clamps or straps to pull the stand together so it is square...then glue the 1x2 over the crack and to the sides of the stand. Use yellow wood glue.

maybe add a few more up the back just to be safe.


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It's not terribly clear, but a couple ideas - if there's room, stick a 2x4 on the inside in the corner, and drill and screw through the outside. Also, you could use metal "L" brackets on either the inside or the outside to shore it up.
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i could be wrong, but it kind of looks like that corner of the stand is water damaged partical board.


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Is the tank on the stand and filled? Obviously there are a lot more options if the tank is not on the stand.

Looking at the crack it seems to be in the corner of the left side vertical panel (perhaps the back panel.)

Again examining your photo it appears that this same panel is bowing outwards. Is this correct? If so I would be more concerned about that condition then the cracked corner.

If the issue is simply the cracked corner and the panels themselves are straight I would inject some 30 minute epoxy into the crack and forget about if.
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