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Angle Grinder with Cut-Off Wheel
Gloves
Long Sleeves and Pants
Face Shield
Cordless Screwdriver with #2 Phillips Bit
Sharpie Marker
Measuring Tape
Quick Clamps

Materials

3x 4\' Aluminum Trim Channel for 5/8\" Plywood (Sku at Lowes: 05353856542) [$7.27 each]
#8x 1/2\" Teks Lath Screws (or similar short self tapping screws) [around $5]
Krylon Fusion Flat Black Spray Paint [around $6]
4x 2 1/2\" x 5/8\" Corner Braces (Sku at Lowes: 033923839105) [$2.94 for 4 pack]
4x 3 1/2\" x 5/8\" Corner Braces (Sku at Lowes: 033923838986) [$3.10 for 4 pack]
2\' Aluminum 1 1/4\" Corner Guard [had this laying around, not sure of price. If I had to guess, $5]
Black wire ties

Optional

Plumber\'s Epoxy Putty (the stuff you use with frags).

(Look at pics to tell the difference between the type of corner braces. Prices include my 10% military discount.)



If attempting to follow, please read the entire page so you\'re familiar with everything before you start cutting materials.



Step 1- Create template for the top of your tank. I just drew on my shop table- use cardboard if you have a wife that hates your DIY projects. My All Glass 90 RR is 48 7/16\" long... Rim is about an inch around. Middle brace is about 2 inches wide. I have a tenancy to eyeball stuff since I\'ve been working with my hands my whole life, so any use of the ruler is for your benefit.

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Step 2- Center your Muuuuuuuuu over your template.

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Step 3- Place two of your 4 foot aluminum channel bars against the Mu units, center them on your template, clamp, and mark where the edges of your Mu goes. Bars should be resting under and against the screws that come out of the side of your Mu unit. If you mess this up, it\'s not really that important- you\'ll be able to adjust later.

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Step 4- Screw the bars into the Mu as close to the corners as you can to avoid wires and other important guts.

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Step 5- Cut a notch out of the bottom of the bars so that the corner brace fits inside.

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Step 6- Screw in the corner braces.

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Step 7- Cut 4x 3 1/2\" inch pieces (legs) from your third channel bar. If you want the Mu higher off the tank, make these pieces longer. If you make them shorter than this, you\'ll have to cut the corner braces accordingly.

Step 8- Cut a notch so that the legs can slide on and provide extra reinforcement

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Step 9- Here comes the tricky part. I bought Stanley Zinc Plated, Hard as F*CKING DIAMOND corner braces, so this part sucked. Go with aluminum or brass or anything softer than I did so this is easier. Clamp the OTHER corner braces so they\'re oriented to point inwards, towards each other. Screw them all together to create your nice strong legs.

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Step 10- Cut two pieces of your 1 1/4\" aluminum corner guard at 9 7/16\" for your Mu stand\'s feet (bottom of legs).

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Step 11- Clamp and screw the feet to the legs. Again, HARD AS F*CKIN DIAMOND zinc plated corner braces made this suck.

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This is how the legs should fit on top of your tank-

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Step 12- Remove Mu fixtures and paint with something that can handle salt water. Krylon Fusion is a poor man\'s powder coat.

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Step 13- (Check next post- too many pics in a row...)




Edit- Something I forgot... Before you paint, you can apply some plumber\'s epoxy to the sharp points of the self tapping screws. Give the stuff a full 24 hours to cure before painting for best results. I bought the plumbers putty to do this, but forgot to put it on. If I rip my hand open on the screws, I\'ll take the effort of putting it on and repainting the thing.

Edited by kgoldy, 04 July 2011 - 06:40 PM.


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Hey just wondering but... do you ever stop doing things? :lol:


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You got mad skillz. Now lets see it on the tank!

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Dang man! Handy dandy. Very nice write up
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Great DIY write-up on this!

Can't wait to see the FTS. :happydance:

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Waited for the paint to dry before I put things back together...

Step 13- Orient the fixtures so that the wires are pointing where you want them to, and screw them back to the legs. I chose to have the wires facing outwards because I want the wires to be hidden along the top rim of the tank. The new HOB style fuge won\'t allow for me to have wires going straight back over the middle like they were before. Wire wire ties to hide hanging cables and power the best you can.

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Hey just wondering but... do you ever stop doing things? :lol:



No. I don't. Girlfriend just moved to India for the next 9 months on a Fulbright Scholarship, so it's about to get a lot worse. Hahaha.

Standby for completion of DIY Giant "HOB" Fuge that I also finished tonight.

Edit- Finished, and updated the thread. FTS for both coming tomorrow. This fuge was the thing that really pushed me to get rid of the Mu hanger.

Edited by kgoldy, 03 July 2011 - 10:12 PM.


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After looking at these following pics... I'm thinking I should have used Satin Black instead of Flat Black. Otherwise, I'm really happy with the way this thing came out.



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Nice! Also I finally have a solution to those pesky hanging wires! :lol: Makes me wanna go back and modify mine, I kinda rushed through it.

My 20H Version 2.0 Decommissioned
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=247740


My 75 Gallons of Mu lit rockwall
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=272635

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Nice! Also I finally have a solution to those pesky hanging wires! :lol: Makes me wanna go back and modify mine, I kinda rushed through it.



You were my inspiration, bud. Did you end up clipping the wires? They're a pain in the butt to tie down... I wanted to leave em attached so as to not affect the resale value of the units.

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Nah, they are (pun intended) still hanging there

My 20H Version 2.0 Decommissioned
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=247740


My 75 Gallons of Mu lit rockwall
http://www.nano-reef...howtopic=272635

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kgoldy, you are quite the craftsman! Thanks for putting this DIY up.

Edited by BoostLED, 04 July 2011 - 08:14 PM.


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Very nice! A+++
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kgoldy, you are quite the craftsman! Thanks for putting this DIY up.



Feel free to share on your site if you like- just link the credit to the N-R thread.


...and start making those cables removable or you're going to have a revolt on your hands!! ;)

Edited by kgoldy, 04 July 2011 - 09:44 PM.


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Feel free to share on your site if you like- just link the credit to the N-R thread.


...and start making those cables removable or you're going to have a revolt on your hands!! ;)


Trying to start a riot huh? :P We're looking into it already...

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Hey man,

Doing this myself now. Just bought my angle braces at Lowes and you have the skus switched for the two types. =) And yes, I bought the hard as ####ing diamond zinc-plated ones too. And now I'm regretting it.

This is an amazing DIY though--so clean looking and so easy.
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