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alternative to polystyrene foam

i plan to use some kind of material between a 62x18x26" rimless eurobraced glass tank and it's diy ada inspired stand to soak up any imperfections in the top of the stand and give a cheap insurance as to not end up with a leak or any problems.

due to the nature of the ada design you cant really hide a thick 1/2" sheet of foam underneath the tank, you would see it.

i think that 1/4" may be alright, it is thin and probably even a little bit thinner while it is being compressed by approx 1400lbs so it wouldnt really be noticable.

But is there anything else i could use instead that wont create an ugly gap between the tank and stand but will still give some padding?

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Neoprene foam

polystyrene foam will diminish over time due to pressure. Closed-cell foam will keep it's shape.

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Excuse me to add my 2 cents, but can I get this foam in home depot or lowes? If yes, in which department and how are they selling it? Thank you .

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Neoprene foam

polystyrene foam will diminish over time due to pressure. Closed-cell foam will keep it's shape.
that looks promising. i am thinking of using the 1/4"
but can i get away with using the 1/8" ?
i would think that more is better up until about a half inch.
but at a half inch i would have a noticable gap. the 1/4" neoprene should be able to keep itself hidden away, and i can trim it about a 1/4" from the edges where it will be slightly recessed so you wont have the edge sticking out into sight.


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you could paint the foam ends to match
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that looks promising. i am thinking of using the 1/4"
but can i get away with using the 1/8" ?
i would think that more is better up until about a half inch.
but at a half inch i would have a noticable gap. the 1/4" neoprene should be able to keep itself hidden away, and i can trim it about a 1/4" from the edges where it will be slightly recessed so you wont have the edge sticking out into sight.


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Don't trim it recessed. the glass needs the support. 1/4" is hardly noticeable. I used 1/2" and I trimmed is flush.

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you could paint the foam ends to match

i could just hit them with a coat of silver spray, but it might not look so nice. anyway, this is why i am taking a lot of care to make sure that the stand ends up nice and level. i have really gotten rolling on this project in the last couple days. so i am ordering that 1/4" sheet of neoprene right now.

Im so glad that you reccomended this Jens

It is made with a 4x4 frame, mitered joints and the weight of the tank is channelled downwards into the wood rather than being supportd by lag bolts or brackets. will post pics eventually when i have something worthy of pics together. Very strong design, almost indestructable. it's nice and heavy, and will look very nice.

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