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Re: [APD] Lightint/Hoods
Thanks Scott for the suggestions on lighting enclosures. Not sure what I'll
be doing yet but good to know the range of options.
----- Original Message -----
From: "S. Hieber" <shieber at yahoo_com>
To: "aquatic plants digest" <aquatic-plants at actwin_com>
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 7:26 AM
Subject: Re: [APD] Lightint/Hoods
> The boxes AHS sells work well. You can construct them
> yourself if you have any knack for working with wood.
> 3/8" wood is suitable for larger hoods and 1/4" can work
> for small boxes. Unless you have a table saw to ensure that
> pieces are cut to precise lengths, use masking tape to hold
> together piece that need to be the same length and cut them
> together. Pre-drill holes for the nails with a bit
> noticeably small in diameter than the nail. Use Titebond II
> yellow wood glue or Titebond III -- available at any decent
> hardware store.
> for a finish, use an aerosal can of water-cleanup urethane
> or acrylic. This dries quickly, is easy to apply, and you
> can recoat within a few hours without needing to sand
> between coats -- trust me on that.
> I've built boxes and I've taken Perfecto-type hoods and
> gutted them and retrofitted AHS kits. That's an even easier
> job than building a box but more costly if you don't
> already have the hood.
> Some folks have gone to Home Depot and gotten a length of
> Aluminum rain gutter cut to length, added the end caps and
> used that as a hood -- very inexpensive and workable and
> more attractive than a shop light (although that's a
> subjective matter ;-) ).
> Good luck, good fun,
> Scott H.
> --- Terry Barber <terbarb at alltel_net> wrote:
> > Hi Folks,
> > I am building 2 tanks this summer. I am looking at AH
> > supply for the light
> > kits - but I need something to put it in. Anybody have
> > any cost effective
> > ideas? I am not keen on building a big wooden
> > box/canopy so I am looking
> > for other ideas. Tanks are 55 and 75. Thanks.
> > Terry Barber
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