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Old 10-15-2003, 09:25 PM   #1
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DIY hood question

Just completing assembling the plywood hood for my 120 gal, and I am a bit concerned about the weight of the thing.

It is 61l*18w*9h split in the center with the piano hinge. into 2 61*9*9 pieces. The light fixture is in one half of it.

It contains about 79*36 of 1/2 plywood sheet, the piano hinge and the light fixture. Trying to pick it up, its weight seems quite considerable.

How much stuff can be safely placed on top of a tank?
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Old 10-15-2003, 11:21 PM   #2
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as long as the weight isn't concentrated on a single point, I think you're fine

I've seen canopies made from solid oak before, very beautiful, very heavy!
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Old 10-15-2003, 11:31 PM   #3
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Thats what I was hoping, when closed all the weight is held up by the hoods two 18 inch sides.
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having the canopy sit on the sides and the front of the tank will distrabute the load of the entire system over a larger area.
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