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Clowning_Around
07/10/2017, 07:52 PM
8x12x1/4 acrylic & one 2 ft×1/2" nylon all thread.

So how'd I do?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170711/8c1a41c2167e05de37c61bcf745bcbfd.jpg

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Kadee
07/11/2017, 07:24 AM
Nice!

BigDave
07/11/2017, 09:42 AM
Looks good. Let us know how it takes the weight of a full skimmer.

Clowning_Around
07/11/2017, 04:18 PM
Thanks guys. Well despite tapping the acrylic for the all thread was a little challenging it turned out well. I have nkw doubt it can handle the weight of a full skimmer and then some. But I suppose there's no substitute for the real test :). Will post a pic once setup but im currently in the process of redoing my sump so it maybe a bit

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Kadee
07/12/2017, 07:33 AM
Is the concern that the all-thread will not be stable in the threaded acrylic with the full weight of a skimmer? Imo that would be easily rectified with a nylon washer and nut or two. Attractive innovation!

BigDave
07/12/2017, 07:37 AM
The concern is with the all-thread, yes. I fly RC quadcopters and use nylon bolts for some of the assembly. Every few months I have to replace them due to the nylon slowly warping/bending/flexing.

With the weight in the center of the plexi, I can see the nylon legs splaying slightly and in the warm water having it bend over time.

FullBoreReefer
07/12/2017, 12:10 PM
The concern is with the all-thread, yes. I fly RC quadcopters and use nylon bolts for some of the assembly. Every few months I have to replace them due to the nylon slowly warping/bending/flexing.

With the weight in the center of the plexi, I can see the nylon legs splaying slightly and in the warm water having it bend over time.


What quads do you have? I fly an Inspire1 mainly for jobs. But I also have a few others for pleasure.

BigDave
07/12/2017, 12:21 PM
I'll PM you so we don't derail the thread.

Clowning_Around
07/13/2017, 03:40 PM
The concern is with the all-thread, yes. I fly RC quadcopters and use nylon bolts for some of the assembly. Every few months I have to replace them due to the nylon slowly warping/bending/flexing.

With the weight in the center of the plexi, I can see the nylon legs splaying slightly and in the warm water having it bend over time.

Thanks for the concern, ill keep an eye on it. Given the vertical span vs the thread diameter i feel pretty good about it but like you pointed out - the over time factor... If I have to, I suppose I could add an intermediate thin acrylic support plate in the shape of a dog bone so to speak.

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Clowning_Around
07/13/2017, 03:43 PM
I'll PM you so we don't derail the thread.
Appreciate that ;)

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Mr06evo
07/14/2017, 05:37 AM
Looks really nice! I'm using an rubbermaid container with a few holes in it lol.

BigDave
07/14/2017, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the concern, ill keep an eye on it. Given the vertical span vs the thread diameter i feel pretty good about it but like you pointed out - the over time factor... If I have to, I suppose I could add an intermediate thin acrylic support plate in the shape of a dog bone so to speak.

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Either a dogbone or just and x shape. I'd make a X with holes big enough that it doesn't need to be threaded. put it on the bottom of the 4 legs and use plastic nuts to hold it in place.

But like you said, the height isn't much, so it may never be a problem.

Clowning_Around
07/14/2017, 10:35 AM
Looks really nice! I'm using an rubbermaid container with a few holes in it lol.
Thanks

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