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Acrylic anyone?

Post by Scott » Sat Jan 08, 2005 6:28 pm

Is there anyone here that works with acrylic? I need a housing for my Beckett foam head for a skimmer and would like a clear acrylic with keyhole flanges. I have been reading up on how to make something like this but don't have the time or the equipment right now.
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Post by Snakeman » Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:42 am

Scott if you use lexan you can treat it like wood, cut it with a circular saw, shoot it with a gun, drill it, screw it , what ever and it want crack. It is very easy to use, I cut the stuff on my table saw. Acrylic is hard to keep from cracking. I get mine from the local glass shop in town and you can get any thickness you want. That is the stuff that I built the dividers in my sump with. I've made all kinds of stuff out of it. If you want to build something out of it just buy it and bring it over to my house and we will build it. I've got all the tool that we will need.
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Post by Snakeman » Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:45 am

send me a link to what you want to build so I can look at it. And about how much materials it's going to take.
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Post by Scott » Sun Jan 09, 2005 2:16 pm

It looks like the beckett part of this skimmer:
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I don't have a flange on my downdraft tube though. I have a couple of becketts that will be here next week so the dimentions are kind of unknown. I have been seeing threads on RC where they use 3 inch acrylic pipe and make the flanges out of black extruded acrylic. The rest of the stuff is just valves and PCV fittings.
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Post by Snakeman » Sun Jan 09, 2005 8:18 pm

There is a place in mobile that sells acrylic pipe and it very expensive but they might have some scrapes. I'm not sure of the name of the place but it's in the phone book.
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Post by LoneStar » Sun May 29, 2005 7:13 pm

Unless you are just trying to make it look real pretty, you can make a housing out of an 1 1/2 "T" of PVC. You have to add reducers on each end of the "T" but it makes the becket fit real snug. Of coarse, it is not the prettiest thing I have ever seen but works just as good.

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Post by Beaver » Sun May 29, 2005 7:40 pm

Al-fa plastics sells it but, Snakeman is right they are high dollar.

I just bought this one last week, to adapt it to my ETSS
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW

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I just looked and that is from Jan.

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Post by 110chadman » Mon May 30, 2005 12:02 am

thats the same one i got for my etss skimmer lol it works good but you have to adjust it all the time i have it on a tub of life rock so it doesnt make lots of foam im sure if i had it on a working system it would be a bit more stable

i think my etss is the model 80 or 50 or 800 or 500 cant remember its the smaller one maby befor the round model came out


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Post by 110chadman » Tue May 31, 2005 8:50 am

Beaver wrote:Al-fa plastics sells it but, Snakeman is right they are high dollar.

I just bought this one last week, to adapt it to my ETSS
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... eName=WDVW

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I just looked and that is from Jan.

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here is the link to what my skimmer looks like beaver

viewtopic.php?t=2004

its a couple pics down

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Post by Beaver » Tue May 31, 2005 9:20 am

thats looks good. What are you using pump wise?

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Post by 110chadman » Tue May 31, 2005 8:56 pm

i had a mag 5 it was ok but it broke a shaft i think the mag was over 5-8 years old i have it on some cap brand pump i got a long time ago off ebay but ill have it running off a little giant 3mdqsx or sc pump it should have way more than enough flow throw the beckett

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Post by Beaver » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:16 am

I have read that at least 900 gph must be pushed thru for correct flow. I am going to try it with a mag 7.. we will c how it works

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