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Old 08-07-2013, 01:14 AM   #1
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Hanging Taotronics

Hey everyone, so I've had my dimmable Taos for about 3-4 weeks now. I've been busy the past month so haven't hung them yet. They've been sitting in top of my plastic cover. I am still having trouble on hanging them. My dad and I tried hanging them from the ceiling but out ceiling isn't strong enough to drill anything into. I was thinking of maybe buying a plant hanger? But can't really find one that's 20in long (20 in minimum to reach from wall to the center of my tank). I've seen a couple of creations of PVC pipe but don't know how to assemble. If you have any ideas, creations, or hangers you know of that I could buy/make please chime in!

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Old 08-07-2013, 06:18 AM   #2
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Simple solution. Buy a length of steel band. (i go 1/8th or so thick. Bend it to an l-shape, then weld a cross brace. Its a simple shape that is easy to replicate and costs a few dollars
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Mount a shelf above the tank and hang the lights from the shelf. Make sure to mount the shelf into the studs, drywall anchors are not good enough.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:28 AM   #4
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Or maybe "L" brackets that are normally used for a book shelf, get some wire, attatch to the bracket and your done!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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Mount a shelf above the tank and hang the lights from the shelf. Make sure to mount the shelf into the studs, drywall anchors are not good enough.
I really like this idea, it would help with my raising and lowering of lights.
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Old 08-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #6
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I am assuming your ceiling is drywall and not suspended. If so then get a piece of white shelving or plywood and paint/finish to your liking. Make it large enough to look centered above your tank yet span at least two rafters. This will likely be outside the area of your tank and the main screws will be off to one side. The screws that miss can go into drywall anchors. It will look completely planned this way and will have more than enough strength to hang the lights.
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Trusting a drywall anchor to hang anything above a fish tank is just asking for trouble. If you must hang it from the ceiling then just climb into the attic/crawl-space and add a 2x4, or two, between the studs in the ceiling using hurricane straps.
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Actually the anchor is supporting nothing but allowing the gap to be closed between the wood and the drywall. This is why it must span at least two rafters or floor joists if it is in the basement. They will be where the weight is supported so the anchors are strictly for the cosmetics of having the base tight to the ceiling all the way across rather than leaving the offset end of the base hanging slightly away from the ceiling.
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I trusted two dry wall anchors per one fixture. It works pretty good so far.
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Old 08-07-2013, 04:28 PM   #10
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Imo you shouldnt hang anything (anything at all) above a fish tank unless its either 1) anchored into actual wood, or 2) braced buy a piece of wood thats in turn anchored to wood
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