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post #21 of 62 Old 10-18-2010, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
yea.. well back to the design board!
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post #22 of 62 Old 10-18-2010, 11:22 AM
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Well you know the old saying practice makes perfect. LOL Good luck with it I am looking forward to the finished product.

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post #23 of 62 Old 10-19-2010, 09:13 AM
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Please keep with it!!! i really like this one too and would love to see it..
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post #24 of 62 Old 10-22-2010, 09:14 AM Thread Starter
So upon doing some further research, apparently Weld-on 3 that i bought need the edges of the acrylic to be EXACT or it wont bond well. So now all those lovely angles i approximated need to be hand sanded on 400 wet-dry until they fit exactly. the plus side is that this causes the bonds to be bubble free so the final product will look much neater.
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post #25 of 62 Old 10-22-2010, 09:56 AM
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I know its more work but keep with it because it will be awsome when your are done with it. ; )

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I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #26 of 62 Old 10-22-2010, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
OH def gonna finish this, ive invest too much time to abandon it halfway. Its just turning out to be more work than expected. I dont think i would have finished on time even without the bad cuts in the 1.5g. :-/ But since i know i wont finish on time, i might order more acrylic and try making some other things for the tank like a custom hood for this system... or creating a base so the tank can be carried without risk of it snapping in half.
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post #27 of 62 Old 10-23-2010, 01:24 AM Thread Starter
So there's another lesson I learned today with working with acrylic, specifically Weld-On 3. THis is not just a glue, its a solvent that melts the acrylic so when u bond it, it seals the acrylic together. Thusly, if you apply too much like I did and it drips on parts of the acrylic you dont want it to drip at, and then you stick ur finger in it, it will make a copy of your fingerprint. Also, if you get it on your skin, it feels like icy hot, its cold, then its get warm, except after that it starts to burn a little.

If anyone uses this for their projects in the future, be very careful during application. Also it dries super fast so you cant go slow either, you need to be quick and careful.
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post #28 of 62 Old 10-23-2010, 07:33 PM
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Sounds like it could be a bit painful.

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55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.

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post #29 of 62 Old 10-23-2010, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
Nah, its not so bad, just run it under water asap. This project has become indisputably mine now though since it has my thumb print on one of the pieces of acrylic . Gonna try and get more done before posting pics.
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post #30 of 62 Old 10-23-2010, 09:11 PM
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