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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2009, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
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top of my diy stand is not perfect

I built a diy stand for a new 55 gal standard glass tank .(perfecto) So i went for a dry fit before installing my skirt to make sure the top was level, and i had a small gap just big enough to push a credit card into at the front left and rear right corners. Next I cut some 1 1/2 strips of 3/8" ply to fit the outside edge of the stand, and mixed up some epoxy paste, I spread some paste on the strips and then set the tank up on them and filled with about 15 gals to put some weight on the strips and let the tank level itsself. Now I have all corners making contact, but the is still 2 areas a few inches in from the same corners on the front and back where you can slip a dollar bill in and slide it for a few inches. I am wondering if I can just get a piece of thin foam that is the same size as the footprint of the tank or strips of foam glued to the wood strips and set the tank on that to take up that small gap? Should I just go with it as is?
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Go to Staples and buy a bunch of neoprene mousepads. Arrange and trim to fit your tank.

Almost as good as ADA garden mat except about 1/12 the price (or less).

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Another option is self leveling floor compound. But you need to make sure the stand is where the tank will be so you don't level a stand that is then not level afterward.

Personally, since I don't normally put a full top on a stand and just sit the tank on the supports at the edges, I usually sand or plane the respective high spots until the tank levels. But the mousepads should work fine.

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rigid foam insulation works well.

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What about one of those foam roll camping pads, they are a pretty soft 1/2 closed cell foam, (same type of foam as a pool noodle, polyolefin)they have them for about 5 bucks at wallyworld in the camping section.
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oh well nevermind

The guy at the lfs said to stop being so anal. That it should not be a problem. I guess being off by the thickness of a piece of paper is as good or better than most stands you buy at the store.
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