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Old 12-21-2003, 09:56 PM   #1
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Just finished my DIY sump cabinet - NO Investment but time

I just finished building and plumbing my cabinet for my sump. Its only a 10 gal for now, will be going up in size after xmas (room was left for larger sump). I built my house a little over 3 years ago, and when I say I built it, I mean that. I did everything except the masonary work myself. Plumbing, eelectrical, framing, sheetrock, you name it. Took almost a year, but I have a beautiful home that just got appraised for 247,000 and I have less than 130,00 in it. A great benefit is that I have all kinds of lumber, plumbing and electrical supplies left, so I can build stuff without having to buy much.

The cabinet is in the third of the basement that I am keeping unfinished, on the opposite side of the wall from the aquarium.

Actual build time was 5 hrs, would have been less if I hadnt had the flu. I didnt have a piece of Oak plywood that I deemed good enough for the doors, so I am debating on buying one or just using what I have. Also I might chnge the backing from luan sheets to solid wood due to some vibrations I am getting from the pump. Only other addition will be using syrofoam boards for insulation and sound deadening in the lower half.

I am getting a lot of bubbles in the sump from the 40" drop the water currently travels. I think inserting a p-trap below the shelf (there is a union there already) may minimize that.

Other that that change, all seems well. No leaks, and the 3 hours or so I took fine tuning water levels and testing for power outage flood prevention (which would have been disatrous had I not done it) went well. What do you guys think? Any suggestions on improvements?
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seems not all of my pics made it, ill try again
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Is the tank on the other side of the wall?
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Very Nice....
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What's the black thing on the left of the 10g tank for? Is it another filter?

The bigger PVC on the left is that where the water come down from?

What power head do you have returning the water?

Looks awesome!

Do you think you could send me bigger pics, I'm interested in doing something similar. If you can send them to matt.ward@shaw.ca

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Sweet. Only three pics per post. Thats why the other three got lost the first time.

It looks great.
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Here is a pic of the tank on the other side
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