Angle Grinder with Cut-Off Wheel
Long Sleeves and Pants
Cordless Screwdriver with #2 Phillips Bit
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
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.
Step 2- Center your Muuuuuuuuu over your template.
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.
Step 4- Screw the bars into the Mu as close to the corners as you can to avoid wires and other important guts.
Step 5- Cut a notch out of the bottom of the bars so that the corner brace fits inside.
Step 6- Screw in the corner braces.
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
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.
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).
Step 11- Clamp and screw the feet to the legs. Again, HARD AS F*CKIN DIAMOND zinc plated corner braces made this suck.
This is how the legs should fit on top of your tank-
Step 12- Remove Mu fixtures and paint with something that can handle salt water. Krylon Fusion is a poor man\'s powder coat.
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.