Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Washington State, on the dry side
Reinforcing the floor over a crawlspace.
Well I'm installing the hardwood floor into my living room/dining room this weekend. With that in I can think about setting up my 125 gallon tank.
As you might expect the joist run the wrong direction so I'm going to have to crawl underneath and play with the spideys. Without additional support there will be only one joist holding the bulk of the weight. A great way to make a hole in the floor.
Critique this plan:
On my stand I have 8 vertical 2x4's bearing the load. In order to ensure that there is no sagging of the floor under the weight I plan on six to eight 4x4 supports (pressure treated). I'll place these on some of the standard 50lb footing blocks.
I believe the floor is 2x8 joist on a 16" width but I need to crawl underneath and measure for sure. I did a crawl through with the home inspector when we where in escrow. I plan on adding connecting joist (using standard joist hangers) directly underneath the legs of the stand.