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Thread: Highland tank reborn

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    Here it is,



    I bought some waterproof tub/shower wall surround fiberglass paneling and fixed it over the frame. I need to figure out how to cut this stuff cleanly (I'm just fussy)-the DIY instuctions show using a utility knife but I don't even think the incredible hulk could put a blade through this stuff! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
    The seams between the wood and the paneling is sealed with waterproof shower wall caulk (I did not intend to use beige caulk, it came in a white tube...).

    I used a 32" x 47" storm window hung upside down (so the access is the top half not the bottom). The window is only hung using waterproof caulk because I didn't build the frame to accomodate the window, I just snapped my plexiglass door today so I ran out and got the window (after a good amount of cursing of course) for $27.

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    hey,
    to cut that strait you need to get a T-square from home dopet make your measurment mark it. line the T-square up with the mark place your foot on the bottom of the T-sqare at the bottom of the MR boar or whatever you used and cut up. you do not need to cut throught the board just some of the way,then get on the other side of the board knee it a bit and it will break in half. After you have done that cut the paper on the side you are on and presto a clean cut easy and quick. thats if you have not finished every thing or for futer reference.

    joel

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    I used a tape measure (on both sides) and another sheet of the fiber board to make straight cuts but it doesn't seem to want to snap in a nice easy line, it alway seems to end up jagged. ah well it's a first try with a new material! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Looks good. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] Just make sure that your wire plant racks do not bow out anymore too muhc or your plants will be all over! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Yes, these "yaffa blocks" I bought as a shelf did not work like I thought they would! I could have made nicer ones from 1x2 lumber (which I will do probably tomorrow with the day off work) for a lot cheaper than these things which are supposed to be "strong and sturdy"... I should send a photo to the maufacturers demanding a rebate! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

    My plan for the wood shelfs will be 3 shelves about 8" wide (not including the tank bottom which will be for the things sitting on trays) so when you look at the tank it will be like looking up a mountainside (from the end it would look like stairs). According to the ortho "all about greenhouses" book the stepped bench allows you to keep more plants in less space.... I've got a bunch of highlanders coming from Germany soon so the more space the better! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    the dry wall or whatever you are using is not going to be perfectly strait you have to put corner beed on and skim it.MR board and the such will never come out perfect, unless you skim it out then it could almost be seemless.

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    This is waterproof fiberglass tub/shower surround which you put up on the wall. It's about 1/8" thick and very heavy!

    What is corner beed and skiming it? I'm new to building large semi-permenant sturctures like these so any info is appreciated!

    Say here's that new bench-look ma, no sag! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]


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    Nice! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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