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Old 01-04-2005, 11:24 AM   #101
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Over the holiday, finally get around to do the plumbing with the help of a RC friend.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:26 AM   #102
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:29 AM   #103
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Overflow pics. Anyone has any ideas why the water heights is different between the 2 overflow?
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:33 AM   #104
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Pics for the drain pipe into the sump. On the right side of the drain pipe, the water drain caused the pipe to vibrate a little. I am worried that the vibration can cause some trouble at the drain bulkgead in the future. I am trying to find out the root cause of the vibration. It seems to me that maybe the opening of the drain at the sump is too close to the surface and thus causing vibration due to the water movement. Anyone has any ideas?
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:38 AM   #105
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In the event to screw it the bulkhead, I realized that my overflow opening at the stand does not have enough room for me to screw in from the bottom. I had to lift up my tank and slip in a 2x4 for support to screw the bulkhead.
however, my trim at the front is blocking the tank. I had to remove the trim in order to lift the tank high enough. The pic showed my friend doing the trim removal.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:55 AM   #106
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Unexpected events always happened to me. When the plumbing is all done, we filled in the water, and with a switch of the button at my American DJ power panel, we started the pump. Everything went on fine. We ran the pump for 20mins and don't see any leaks. It was around 9pm and we decided to turn off the pump, put back the trim and go for dinner.
Coming back from dinner, I saw a small pool of water on the left side of the stand.
I rush out to get a flashlight and lo and behold, the return 3/4" bulkhead crack on me and the water back siphon. I adjust loc return above water to stop the back siphon, put a bucket below and unscrew the union and the male adapter to the bulkhead (I use threaded bulkhead). But as you guess it, how am I going to change out the bulk? I am not willing to remove the trim again. Nor will I want to remove my plumbing, ldrain the water and lift up the tank!!!
I drained the water in the overflow and went ot bed. The next morning, I went to Lowes, HD, Ace HW, NAPA and could not find any wrench that I can work from the bottom. I had my last stop in Sear Hardware and to my big sign of relief, I found the "miracle' tool that saved my agony. It allows me to work from the bottom. It does come with sizes that fit the 3/4" bulkhead and the 1" bulkhead. They are very costly though due to the odd size, but it is worth it.
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:03 PM   #107
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Replaced the 3/4" bulkhead and restart the pump. To my agony, I saw another small leak at the return pipe after the union. It turned out that I forgot to glue in that piece
Well, we all learnt things the best in a hard way and I am just glad that after I fixed this leak, there isn't any more leak.
Well, as you can see, I did not hook up the skimmer because the shipment I received has a missing gate valve . Talk to Andy about it and I should received it this week.
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:08 PM   #108
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that is a big ol skimmer!
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If you diden't take of the stickers you can return that expensive socket and extension and buy a fish or two for it
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:30 PM   #110
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Wow! That is a huge skimmer! Very cool!

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