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i will dedicate this tread to all the people who want to give it ago for yourself....

i have an old tank here that is a 3ft that is in a definite need a rebuild, i will go through the process and show

how to dismantle, clean and rebuild...... just to show that anyone can do it and save yourself money

mike

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starting at the top and a good sharp blade cutting into the silicone, just take your time and let the blade do the cutting. not quite sure this type bracing this is, as it seems to be within front and back panel and once removed found a round plastic tube ????.... i will fit new bracing on this tank

mike

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next step is to remove front and back panel... 1st start at the top and gently move your bade down in a series to cut the silcone. i place a wedge at the top to seperate, but not to much pressure here, just to allow the blade to cut the silicone to the bottom... repeat the proccess on other side at same time and should come apart quite easily, then repeat for the back panel also

mike

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Hi Mike,

Tks for posting this thread up, I'm sure will help me an others, just the sort of thing I like ta find in an aquarium forum. Awesome. I'll be lookin forward to the rest of it. :)

Brendan

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cheers bendan.... its really not that difficult to do, just give all the help so people can try themself....... then they can be proud of something they have done ;-)

will make as simple as possible.... appriciate your comment

mike

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now that the tank is apart you can use a clean fresh razor blade to scape off all old silicone off the panels.. this old tank was so old that the silicone seperated without leaving any residue on most the glass, so cleaning it was very simple, but you need to remove it all, then just cleaned with soapy water to remove the old dry scale then ready for new rebuild

mike

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to start the rebuild have placed bottom panel on flat surface. or what i thought was flat and placed packers under the middle to make dead flat so the sides go up at exactly 90 degrees to the base

mike

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im doing this exact thing.

friends old tank burst all over their living room so they said i can have it :3

glass is all stripped and cleaned with metho.

now have the task of putting it together. haha been sitting in the garage for a fortnight :/ pushed for time…

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ok time for the build... will start with the best silicone ''dow corning 999A'' i use what i know and trust and that works, also acetone for cleaning all glass that is to be glued as it leaves no oily film and evaporates insantly. a spray bottle with just soapy water and my wedgee with a 45 cut at the end for cleaning and leaving a nice neat finish....

mike

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next step, then spray with spray bottle with soapy water and in one motion from one end to the other use the wedge with a 45 degree cut, and a little pressure to remove excess silicone. will leave you with a clean and tidy silicone line that has coved into the corners and looks neat, not untidy as done by people with there fingers... i use a marble block with a piece 40mm x 20mm with a screw to hold end panel in place and a clamp to hold other end so its solid,,, and i use another bit of glass to put under the square along the base to raise it so it not disrupt your neat silicone work..... repeat same for other side

mike

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now that both end panels are firmly siliconed in place, i have glued 2 strips of glass on either end. for 2 reasons (1st) is to keep ends from moving and (2nd) is that when i start to glue on front and back panel it stops end panels moving out when you use the wedgee to clean out all the internal corners.... this is optional and they can be removed easily later

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now for the sides and bracing.... i have cut 2 new strips 6mm glass to replace old style bracing and arrised it to remove sharp edges.... then made a simple jig thing to hold brace while i apply a good thick bead of silicone to it. and use another wedgee that hasn't been cut to get a sharp neat finish....

mike

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i have centred the bracing from left to right and have it about 6mm down from the top to allow the top bracing to be inline with the top of the tank. spray the silicone with soapy water from spraybottle and use your wedgee to remove all excess silicone, then use a square to make sure its at 90 degrees to front panel... then repeat for other panel..

mike

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ok now that i have got both braces fitted to both front and back panels, i will let dry and in meantime will make the bracing from front to back with old top bracing and 3mm strips to hold the lids secure on top....

mike

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well i have gone as far as i can today with gluing all peices together, have just now finished gluing on 3mm strips to hold the lids on top bracing, and cleaned unwanted silicone off...... tomorrow will start to silicone on front and back panels......

mike

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Ok Mike,

Jus been through this whole thread again, gotta say, I am really dissapointed wit ya, I looked an I looked an i looked again, All to no avail,

There is NO VB TALLIES in any of ya pitchas :-P:egrin: . Whats tha go there ?

Ya slippen mate, Ya mus be gettin old. :-P

But seriously, awesome to see a thread like this, ya a champion :cool:

Brendan

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ok.... another day, just a quick mock up to see how everything align befor i start to silicone together, all seems well and is good to go..... ''sorry'' Brendan, hope last pic ease your mind :-)

mike

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starting with the first panel.... first clean all surfaces to be glued, this is important to make your tank strong and allow the silicone to stick proper.. then do a continuous bead silicone on the 3 sides that are to be glued.. line up your panel about 5mm away at the bottom so you can line up from left to right..... then gently push side panel in from bottom first to the top.... firm but even pressure is need to sqeeze silione out to make a good bond... you will see all sides lined up and ready to clean, dont use clamps as it squeezes to much silicone out and when you release them you will get a join that is full air bubbles..... then with spray bottle and soapy water use mr wedgee with the 45 degree cut and remove unwanted silicone from the inside.... just leave outer silicone to dry as is. it will cut off neater later, if you do now it will just end up making more uneeded mess.......

mike

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