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Handling restraint...

Posted 09/18/2011 at 04:35 PM by Spaced Cowboy
Updated 09/18/2011 at 04:42 PM by Spaced Cowboy
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Ok, so nothing major happening until Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday when the deliveries arrive, but figured I'd clean up some loose ends...

The outlets from the media filters (GFO and Carbon) are from 1/2" RO/DI-type pipe, and have a lot of curve in them due to being shipped in a coil from BRS. I wanted these to dump directly into the sump immediately below the media-filters themselves, so yesterday I cut off some small slivers of 1" piping, and superglued them to the inside of the sump using a coupling as support while the glue hardened. Today I could restrain the pipes natural tendency to bend towards the center of the sump skimmer section as you can see in the first photo...

[CENTER][IMG]http://www.0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/pipe-restraints.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://www.0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/stand-handles.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]

I'd also bought some handles a while back for the "doors" that just pull off. I noticed it was tough to properly support the (rather large) doors as you lift them off, and having a handle would be better. I didn't want them to look like they pulled off though, so we have the fake-door handles attached as if they pull the door open [grin]. Here's a profile view of the entire stand, with doors in place, and sporting their handles

[CENTER][IMG]http://www.0x0000ff.com/imgs/fishtank/stand-handle-profile.jpg[/IMG][/CENTER]

Pity about the lighting - the iPhone 3GS doesn't have that great a camera and the wood's not that dark, but I think the handles just add that final finishing touch to the doors.
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