OK y'all, I saw a post on Nano-reef.com about using TV wall mounts for small to medium sized canopies. You just mount your canopy to a properly mounted TV mount, and when you need to mess around in your tank, just shove it out of your way.
So, being a woodworker, and a die-hard DIY'er, I thought I'd sketch this up. I may very well use this on my next build!
So here is the basic idea. First, if a TV mount from Amazon will work for you, just get that. For $30 shipped you can use one of these dudes.
Now, if you want to do something customized, here are the sketches. Note that you MUST mount these to the studs in your wall, or use a piece of plywood or 2X4 that spans two studs to use as a solid mount. DO NOT use drywall anchors for this.
Let's also be clear here. If you use good quality hinges, good nuts-n-bolts, and a good quality 3/4" plywood (good domestic core, cabinet grade plywood), you should be able to build this thing to handle NEARLY ANY SIZE canopy.
For canopies greater than 30"
, you might want to use TWO
of these contraptions to provide stability. But if you build these right, two should be all you need even up to a 6 foot canopy. Most of us don't have very heavy canopies, so weight really isn't an issue.
For really long canopies, like 4-6 footers, you may be limited in how much side-to-side action you
can get.... and by the length of your electric cables.
But, at the very least, you can make something that would allow you to pull the canopy forward, totally exposing the top of the tank.
When done, push it back.
Take a look, please include your thoughts, and help me innovate. I'M SICK of canopies that get in my @#%@$#$% way.
One is using 3 arms, and the basic design.
The other one is using 4 arms, and shows the range of motion.