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Old 08-04-2009, 11:54 PM   #101
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whatever you chose, good luck. I know I've had T5HO's and metal halides, I like the look of MH 10x more, heat is the only issue.

If you were to build your canapy with a dado (daytow) top that way all edges had contact and could not slide off, the egg crate would absolutely have all the support you'd need for any pets jumping/walking on it.

Anywho, feel free to PM me if you need any ideas
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:00 AM   #102
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Thanks for the ideas, though. I'm just overly paranoid about one fat cat in particular.
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Old 08-05-2009, 12:26 AM   #103
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Thanks for the ideas, though. I'm just overly paranoid about one fat cat in particular.
Cat's seem to love aquariums! Use reinforced steel
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Steel might work. I think they'd only manage to bend that.....
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:05 AM   #105
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beleive me, eggcrate is a lot stronger than you may think flake... im guessing that you could put 30 pounds up there no prob
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Old 08-05-2009, 01:10 AM   #106
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fishmonkey is right. And if you want to be safe put a support beam out of wood under the crate in the stand.
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Old 08-05-2009, 02:31 AM   #107
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I'm not sure. I've been tossing the idea around, but I don't really see a need for one. I think if our cats see a lid, they'll try to spend more time on top of it, which i'm not too keen on. If they see water, they're less likely to hop on it.
My cat isn't a jumper. Might want to angle the lid like the roof of a house and/or use a slippery surface (tile or such).

Just my 2 cents.

Also if you have pics of your assembling it all the way through shoot me a PM.
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Problem is, There's a bookcase next to the couch that 3 20lb cats like to sit on, which translates to 3 20lb cats now sleeping on eggcrate. I don't trust it. >>

More pictures ho!
I'm laaaaaazy so there's not too many more new ones. ;;

Everythings been sanded (wheee), the extra screws have been put in, and the top got jigged out. Most of my time has been spent watching B Movies on Netflix during the day, so not too much progress. I was trying to figure out lighting before I progressed and got price quotes from my LFS. So i'll be ordering all my equiptment from them today.

Here's the top!

Ignore the really crooked part dead center >> the jig makes divots when I try to turn it >>
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #109
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do you already have the glass installed to the tank? if not I'm just sitting here wondering if your going to be able to get it installed with the top already glued and screwed in.
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I was really skeptical of this build at first, but you are making this look pretty dang proffesional, if i do say so myself. Very good work and i am excited to see what the outcome of this will be. Luck be with you! Keep us posted!
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