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post #51 of 62 Old 11-23-2010, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
Finally got my drill, first drill i have ever owned actually, but im missing the correct sized bit, the ones i got are too small. However, after some measuring, the pump can fit flush against the back side of the g so i can easily plant something in front and disguise it so thats good news. Just need to make sure i dont shatter the plexi when i drill :-/. However, i will be leaving the country tomorrow for a bit so there wont be another update till December.
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post #52 of 62 Old 11-24-2010, 06:53 AM
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well have a safe and wonderful trip!!! as for drilling the plexi i would take a practice piece and drill that first .. the key is to have slightly firm pressure on it and let the drill do the work .. to hard you will break it to light and you will end up with a melted mess on your bit.... its not hard just takes a little getting used to for you to find the right feel

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post #53 of 62 Old 11-24-2010, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
Unfortunatly, the only spare pieces of plexi I have are all very small scraps, if i practice on them, its likely im going to drill into my own fingers :-/ I bought a bit-set so im going to start small and slowly expand it to the correct size, taht should give the plexi ample room to avoid catching and cracking.
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post #54 of 62 Old 11-24-2010, 08:16 AM
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! each time you increase bit size the edges could grab on to the existing hole and it could tear versus cutting.... go with the size you need first and if you find its to small go up but do it slowly and start the drill away from the piece... (i found hout the hard way LOL)

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post #55 of 62 Old 11-24-2010, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
O.o I was told to go small and slowly increase so the drill sizes away at the sides and the pieces i don't want have ample room between the blades to bend as to avoid catching and tearing the acrylic?

I was also told to use a smaller bit first because it allows me to be more accurate and give me opportunity to adjust of i mess up the first drilling.

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post #56 of 62 Old 12-06-2010, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
I managed to drill the hole with no problems. It came out much smoother than i ahd anticipated making me think that this tank may not actually be true acrylic. I noticed that the bonds between the tank and my acrylic are not clear. They are strong, but the tank "acrylic" clouded, making me think that the tank may actually be a form of clear PVCish material. Eitehr way, weld-on works on it so i think im still good to go.

Also managed to attach the cave, used way more weld-on taht i should but that was ok since its gonna be covered by substrate anyway.

Lastly managed to paint the back of the 1.5g, but the coat wasnt thick enough and it looks kinda wierd. I wont sand it down though, it will be whatever it turns out to be since i really dont have the time to deal with it anymore. The weld-on spill allowed paint to adhere much mroe radily so the streaks are actually still visible since htey absorbed the paint so well and the rest of the sides did not, so the duel layered paint looks like more blue streaks with a blue/black background. Not the same effect as the main 5g area, but at least its a background
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post #57 of 62 Old 12-11-2010, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
Finally got some more work done on this.


This is the lovely hole, had to drill it 3 time with increasing bit sizes before the pump fit in, was deathly afraid of making it too big because then that would mean the project would be effectively dead.


The pump fits perfectly snug, its tight enough to hold itself in place which, IMO means its not gonna fall out while its pumping water. Now that this is done


Since i knew there would be a future hood (next dyi project) to this creation as well as some other electronic fixtures, i added a cord organizer. It was simple, took about 15 minutes to sand down and 15 minutes to set.


Painted second coat to the background, it should be dark enough to be opaque but apparently the first layer was not ready, unsure of why since its been over a week, so the paint cracked in some places but I am not sanding it down to start over so this is whats its gonna look like... forever.

If i get the time tomorrow might sand down and attach the 1.5g, leaving me the remainder of this month to make the waterfall parts and substrate separator. Really hoping i get this done this month.
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post #58 of 62 Old 12-13-2010, 07:24 AM
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This looks like quite the project.... you are gonna feel awsome when its done. I cant wait to see a video of it in action.
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post #59 of 62 Old 12-20-2010, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
OK so, clearly time is a terrible friend and not hanging out with me enough so I am adding to this project. I do not have time to do the long sanding sessions of getting the two edges to fit, but i have been having small amounts of time to work on the hood for this tank so I am adding a custom hood to this project
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post #60 of 62 Old 12-20-2010, 11:13 AM
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OK... maybe i'm a little nutz, but I cut my plexi with an angle grinder with a cut off wheel. It did a pretty good job if I took it slow.
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