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Old 06-17-2015, 09:05 PM   #2781
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Getting back to the rodi canisters that no one can seem to break apart once they've been tightened up , I decided that there has to be something out there that can help. If you've tried loosening up a severely tightened one while it's still attached to its mounting bracket either the mounting bracket itself bends way too easily or your wrench breaks.,or the person ( wife / gf) trying to hold the canister gets its wrenched out of their hands and they get pissed off and leave.
My OLD "Spartan" canisters were no exception, what a totally disaster trying to get these things NOT to leak , and I mean these things didn't just leak they flowed so one had to over tighten them to work. I've read soooo many posts on aquarium forums about the same problem that people have had trying to loosen these up to change the filters.,Yes they are suppose to be just HAND TIGHT in the perfect world ,but here's what I came up with that maybe will help some body that has all but thrown in the towel . First off the problem seems to how do you hold the canister securely and still apply enoughClick image for larger version

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I made this rig using a single 8 foot 2x4 and a couple of metal brackets and a couple of pieces of junk lumber .. First you'd take the canister out of the rodi mounting bracket and screw out the two fittings that hold the john guest fittings ,... I bored two holes thru the 2x4 near the top of the rig and ran a corresponding size METAL pipe fitting thru the holes and screwed them into the the black top part of the canister ( in my case I used a 4inch long x 3/4 " threaded galvanized pipe and cap ) which cost about $ 2.50 on each side ) , next it's a simple task to merely attach the wrench ,step on the platform and wrench away,... The rig works wonderfully well for those incredibly stuck together canisters ,... The canister is held firmly and one can apply a lot of torque to the wrench by himself and loosen the canisters .the cheap plastic wrenches that come with the units are kind of junk and break easily and their short handles doesn't give one a lot of leverage when using them, there's a lot of metal wrenches with long handles out there which takes out a lot of the work involved , they run from $10-$25 and they'll last a lifetime .

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Old 06-20-2015, 10:59 AM   #2782
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Nicely done Dary! I know sometimes my reactor can be a slight PITA.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:36 PM   #2783
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Without the wrench BRS supplied I would have a heck of a time getting my reactors off.

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Old 06-20-2015, 09:59 PM   #2784
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Hi barb ,. How's the tank going ?


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Its coming along nicely. I have moved some corals from my tank at work into the 40B at home. I plan on bringing a couple more home this week.

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Old 06-21-2015, 05:02 PM   #2786
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Its coming along nicely. I have moved some corals from my tank at work into the 40B at home. I plan on bringing a couple more home this week.

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Wow most folks merely take home a company ink pen or a scratch pad but you raid the tank and take home corals !! Lol,... Nice


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They make a handy wrench, like a big pair of vice grips that will overcome the tightest of screw on housings. Most Ace Hardware carry them.


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Yea I actually have two tanks at work that have lots of ZOA's in them and a few other corals also.☺

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I will keep that in mind Greg. Thanks.

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If all else fails goes with an oil filter wrench... if that fails take a hammer to it!
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