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Post Fri Apr 12, 2019 5:04 pm
willie Level 8 Member
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It didn't start out well. I'm chatting with Bob about a 125 gal tank where the crossbeam had broken off. I use this tank for water storage, so it gets completely filled and unfilled every morning. I've been using this tank for 5+ years and the center bows out 1"+ when its full. Bob feels that it's gonna explode one day, which was OK since the tank is in my fish room that has a floor drain.

But Bob chose to make this comment in front of my wife ... so something had to be done. I suggested that Bob buy me a new tank. In lieu of $300, he came up with a piece of bent aluminum based on my measurement of the tank depth when empty (18 5/8").

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I popped it on the tank (when empty) and went on with water changes as usual.


Life doesn't have to be hard, Willie

Post Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:11 pm
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There's no "like" button on the forum, but have to agree with your Subject title.
~6743 gallons

Post Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:07 pm
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Bob and I talked about this very thing for my 220 Gallon at the expo. I might have to try it out very soon.

Post Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:08 am
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It was a pleasure to meet your wife again, Willie.
Thanks for compliment

I read a lot.

Bar was cut to 22 and 5/8"
2" from each end, a cold chisel was used to create a crease across width of bar
2" end placed in vise and bar bent along crease using a hammer, crease is inside the bend
Bend to 90 degrees but brace maybe a bit tighter with slightly greater bend

For those into craftsmanship, there are variations involving machine cut stock, countersunk screws, etc.
Like a complete unknown

Post Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:54 pm
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Love the title of this! Was there ever a doubt?
- Rick

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