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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-31-2016, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Questionable tank stand

I was curious if anyone had some insight as to whether this table would hold a 40 Gallon breeder or not. Looking to save money on a stand and just use something i already have. Thanks a bunch



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That tank will weigh close to 400 pound full.

I wouldn't chance it.
If you want to give it a bit of a test put 300 or so pounds on it and give it a bit of a shake.
If it moves, bows, creaks, or just about anything undesirable then, NO!

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I also would not chance it. You don't want to see 40 gallons of water on the floor.

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If you have access to a couple of 200 pound men, you could have them stand close together over the area where the tank will sit. First, try it with one of them, then two of them. You shouldn't see any distortion of the top. If the men are in good condition have them wiggle a little to see if the table collapses! I'm betting the table will work fine.
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Not a chance! I would not risk it, period!
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I'm sure your ferret is light enough that the table should hold.
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it sure does look questionable. at least reinforce it with some 2x4s if you really wanna save money
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I'd move the tank right to the back (tabletop reflections will be annoying in photos though), and stick some 2x4s in the centre for support.

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+1 to Hoppy. Im also betting it will do just fine. Obviously a good idea to test it first.

Main thing is if there is any sway from side to side once the weight is added (the term for this escapes me atm). Looks like there's a cross brace already, may or may not need to reinforce that.


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There is a rat in the last picture

Actually looking at the legs again, it might be useful to connect the leg parts at the bottom, to each other.
This will prevent the legs from pushing away from each other.

A 2x4 with a notch (rabbit) each side taken out, could just slip over the rear foot pieces

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No way. Even if the supports(legs) between the top of the stand and the floor are strong enough to support the weight there is no bracing between the legs to keep it them from collapsing to one side or the other. Fine for whatever purpose this was originally intended for(desk?) not for a substantial load. Think of a playing card placed horizontally across two vertical cards. Push from either side and down it comes. If there is a cross brace I can't see it in the pic. You could add some additional bracing but as is no.
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I would want to know what is connected using the two fasteners on the side of the leg. Is it a board placed for one leg to the other to make the table stable? If so, I say it is fine as long as you do some watching. If the legs support begins to get loose, stop and do something else. The indication of this getting loose will be movement left/right.
I would move it as far back to the rear as possible to place the weight more directly over the legs but then that weight is pretty directly over solid wood from top to floor.
I see no problem --assuming the board is there but we can't see it due to camera angle.
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If you need a cheap, strong stand here are some ideas...

If you have the screws already the first one will cost you about $20 - $25.00
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When it comes to judging how much weight a piece of furniture, a shelf, or a stand will hold, each of us has a calibrated weight to test it with - our own weight. We can lean on the top, swing back a forth a little, climb on top, even do a deep knee bend. For things we want to hold a much heavier weight we can enlist another calibrated weight to help us. There is a risk of injury doing this, but instinctively we should only gradually build up how much weight we test it with. Isn't if far better to use that testing method than asking us to make our educated guesses about it? 400 pounds of water and 400 pounds of friends both apply the same load!

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