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    Senior Member Toooloud's Avatar
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    Customizing my Canopy!

    Alright Van the Man!

    Here are some shots of the tank, stand and canopy, It is used.. and i am going to be stripping it down tonite and cleaning it out!! same with the under stand.. lol, Really dirty!.. Got the powersander out.. and going to be stripping it down!

    So here are some shots!! Keep in mind that i really like the hight the way it is.. and i do like the way it matches the stand and canopy. Right now its nice and evenly sized to the surrounding.. its in!








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    Mike
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    I would add some fans on the ends of it now while you are stripping it down. have one blowing in and one out...

    Just my 2 cents....(I want change back)

    The only thing two reef keepers will agree on, is what the third reef keeper is doing wrong!

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    Im going to install fans in the back there.
    I started this thread, As Van is going to take alook and see what he can come up wiht about raising it.. as right now halides won't fit..

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    Hi Toooloud,

    O.K, I'd guess that the best way to approach this with minimal cost would be to get a few pine boards (nice and straight) that match the length of the canopy and the width. Total of (4) boards.

    They each would need a height of about 5-6". Board thickness should be enough so that after routing a rebate all along one upper edge, there'll be enough material left standing inside to double-up where the screws will be installed thru that remaining material and into the existing hood on the inside.

    Route a rebate 1-2" high by a depth equal to the existing canopy wall thickness, over the full length of the upper edge of all your boards.

    With the existing canopy upside down on the floor, fit the pre-cut boards to match their respective canopy counterparts.

    The rebate you cut earlier will allow the new board to sit flush with the outside of the existing canopy on the outside. Screw them in place with stainless steel wood screws, don't forget to drill pilot holes in those flanges so as to not split the wood.

    Re-finish the wood to match the canopy and add a piece of decorative wood trim all around, over the gap between where the canopy and the new wood meets.

    Voila! Raised canopy for MH lights and it'll look nice too with that fancy wood trim all around ...

    Van impdaddy
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    Senior Member Toooloud's Avatar
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    Pictures man.. I NEED PICTURES!

    A router? what is a Router! .. Come on.. Where are the details! lol haha!

    Sounds good!.. Going with VHO's for now.. till i have time

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    Let's see if this simple sketch shows up ...

    Van impdaddy
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    LOL,

    Ok yea.. me gets it now! .. But i dont like white wood!.. lol

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    Sheesh, that's gratitude for you, and now you want me to paint it as well! ..... :

    Van impdaddy
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    Van,
    From the reaction you got, ya better go do the routing too!!

    Toooloud,
    If you've never used a router before, I would recommend you practice on a few scrap pieces of wood first. A router can pull very quickly if you're not used to handling one and it is biting "into" the cut.

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    LOL...

    No no .. i have done lots and lots of DIY! .. lol, I can do it.. Just looking to pull his Leg!

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