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Information and articles on a variety of do-it-your projects for the aquarist including information on working with acrylic and electric.

Monday, 05 January 2015 20:58

Acrylic work: Routing Acrylic Projects Featured

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Working with acrylic isn't very hard, but you do have to be meticulous. Straight cuts are important, and the smoother the edges you achieve, the better your joints will bond. Many people wonder how sumps are assembled and don't realize that the bonding agent literally welds the two pieces into one piece with a chemical reaction that melts and merges the material. You need a triple cut (ATB) blade with 80 or more teeth for…
Monday, 05 January 2015 21:19

Acrylic work: Routing Top Flange Featured

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There are a few ways to accomplish the top flange (the rim or one-piece euro-brace) of a sump. Originally, I would build the sump, squeeze in pieces of wood inside the upper edge of the sump, and use a router with a ball bearing guide to trace the lumber. This was tedious, and cutting wood for each sump would end up costing too much. Later I bought an Edge-Guide that mounts to the router. Once…
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 22:27

Wiring Outlets - without endangering yourself

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Waterproof boxes aren't truly water-proof, but that's better than exposed outlets. Having electrical outlets over open water is risky, and if you can do anything to reduce that risk, I think it's worth it. Water can make contact a variety of ways: A pump squirting upward, a big splash when you drop something or when livestock decides to jump, or even during something mundane like a waterchange and the hose accidentally floods our outlets as…
Monday, 05 January 2015 21:25

Wiring outlets safely Featured

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Having electrical outlets over open water is risky, and if you can do anything to reduce that risk, I think it's worth it. Water can make contact a variety of ways: A pump squirting upward, a big splash when you drop something or when livestock decides to jump, or even during something mundane like a waterchange and the hose accidentally floods our outlets as you move it from point A to point B. On top…

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