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Thread: Creating a hood
01-09-2012, 09:49 PM #1
Creating a hood
ive got a 63 litre old hex tank but i don't have the hood for it and dont believe i will be able to get one, so i was wondering what people would recommend to use to create a hood? this is so i can install lighting for the tank?
any recommendations would help
01-09-2012, 10:01 PM #2
I would very simply buy a standard glass lid that is as wide as the hex width and either cut the angled sides myself or take it to a glass guy to cut it.... Just lay it over the tank in the fashion you what the lid to open and trace out the cuts.
01-09-2012, 10:19 PM #3
After the shape is cut have him cut it in half and get a plastic hinge for it.The light can sit right on top depending on what light you have.
Make sure the edges get polished.
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01-09-2012, 10:26 PM #4
You can either buy a glass lid/cut one or take it to a glass cutter to cut for you.
One cheap and effective way that several create hoods, is by using Lexan. Some sheets can be bought at Lowe's for $4 (see link).
01-09-2012, 11:16 PM #5
okai thanks for the ideas guy will start looking into it :) and yeah ive had a search online and in my LFS but no luck so far but will still look out for one :) and i havent got lighting yet, cnt really choose it without knowing my hood plans :)
01-09-2012, 11:50 PM #6
Keep in mind that if you choose lexan over glass it can easily yellow and warp w/ heat from stronger lighting.
01-10-2012, 12:44 AM #7
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01-10-2012, 02:02 AM #8
0Originally Posted by cuckoochews
Your mileage may vary and there are hundreds if not thousands of formulations for clear plastics. Also, I use .25" thick Lexan.
01-10-2012, 02:04 AM #9
We used Lexan when building robots for FIRST's First Robotic Challenges the last 2 years and they had extensive heat from the motors running and they never warped. The only time they warped was during extreme physical force (being flipped over or having tools drop on them).