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Old Feb 26, 2014, 04:48 PM
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Not really a boat question, but....

......it deals with materials that we work with.
I have 50g aquarium that is fairly old, and because of that, the plastic covers and light fixtures are brittle. They have broken in numerous spots and held together with glues and fiberglass reinforcement.
I have cut out 1/4" plywood to make a new set of hinged covers an light fixtures. What would be the recommendation to finish these to accommodate the exposure to the moisture and occult water exposure?
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Old Feb 26, 2014, 05:03 PM
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Fiberglass, plastic, and glue

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Old Feb 26, 2014, 05:13 PM
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what to use

Lexan
I wouldn't use wood, use lexan won't break and is impervious to moisture
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Old Feb 26, 2014, 05:15 PM
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Personally, I'd consider plastic all the way, using the non-toxic glues used in the aquarium industry, killing both birds and no fish in one shot.
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Old Feb 26, 2014, 05:40 PM
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I like this lexan answer. I had not thought of that. I have only cut out the pieces so far so bailing on this and doing lexan is very doeable. Good suggestion, thanks.
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 06:37 PM
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If I want to place a hinged section on this idea, to open up for feeding, what would be used for a hinge?
A standard brass hardware piece screwed into the Lexan? Any other ideas?
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 08:15 PM
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Use brass hinges and brass machine screws, with brass washers and nuts.
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Old Mar 08, 2014, 10:38 PM
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Brass Piano Hinge
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Old Mar 09, 2014, 12:16 AM
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or save yourself a lot of pain and get plexi glass and using aquarium silicone you can basically glue it to the top and with a dremmel cut out rectangles that can be the doors. Ive done it s few time with aquariums and vivariums.
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Old Mar 10, 2014, 08:25 PM
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SkyPilot,
Having a little problem in visualizing what you are describing, otherwise like the piano hinges.
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