Tops for tanks

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  1. frogfreak

    frogfreak Legendary Member

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    I thought I'd do a post about how we do our lids and screen. We've been asked several times and it's hard to explain.

    Pictures say a thousand words, so here we go...

    The screen parts are avaliable at home depot. The screen itself, is called insect screen and is avaliable at canadian tire. It has a purple wrapper on it.

    Screen corners. These are easy but you can get the mitered corners as well.

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    You can cut the frame with a hacksaw. Go slow, it's only aluminum and is very soft.

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    Spline. Size is on the bag. To small of spline and the screen won't be tight and can slip out. To big and well, it won't fit the grove.

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    Screen installed. You'll need a splining tool. Cheap...

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    Trim the excess and your done.

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    Remove the tabs on the sides of the top with a saw and then snap them off at the bottom. Only on Exo's or zoo meds. I used 5mm glass for this tank. 22 3/4"s wide. It's plenty sturdy. Undersize the glass and screen a bit. I did 3/16" less on both. A longer tank would require thicker glass. Remember to predrill for your misting nozzle if needed. I almost forgot on this one. I would have been choked.

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    I tape the area off to be siliconed. Silicone is messy. Use a wet finger to get a nice look.

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    All done and the tape is removed while it's still wet.

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    Hope this helps some people out. :)

    Glenn
     
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    Great post Glenn. I cant beleive the lengths you guys go through to make these beauty set ups. Awesome, thanks for sharring.
     
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    Thanks Paul.

    It only takes about an hour and a bit to do. I had the glass cut this time. $13 if you sand the edges down. :)
     
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    Great post guys, I am going to immediately try this on my exo.
    Thanks
     
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    Glen, keeping on the same topic of Exo Terra's, what are you doing to FF proof the doors. Do you run a line of silicone on the door by the hinges and then cut with knife or dental floss?

    I can't find the find the black screen corners at our Home Depot. They only have the white ones.

    Great post...
    Steve
     
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    Hi Steve

    I was mistaken about where got the screen and whatnot. It was Lowes. A local glass shop should have them too. They usually do screen repairs.

    You can silicone the doors. Put a piece of painters tape on the door. Rub some vasaline on it. Silicone the side of the tank and close the door. Wait for it to dry and cut the excess away. We do ours similar to that cut we use coco too as we do 3 sides on all our tanks.

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    I've had a lot of people asking about the screen. It available at your local Canadian tire. Product # 046-3910-8 and here a pic of the label.


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    Hope that helps some!
     
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    great post glenn, i just got a glass top for my exo-terra a few days ago. humidty is always high now :)
     
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    Man super post thx
     
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    Your welcome guys. :)
     
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    Fabricland (well the one at Park Royal in West Vancouver I know does) also sells the micro screen cut to size as well as the No-see-'um-mesh.
     
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    ^^Cool!
     
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    I think this should go in the Tutorial section
     
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    Great idea! I've moved the thread. :D
     
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    can i ask where you bought the glass?
     
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    Flintstones in Mississauga is good place to go for cut glass
     
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    What width do you normally make the screen part? If I had to guess, I would say that looks around 3 inches. Do you find that keeps the humidity at a good level?

    Dan
     
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    awesome post and most likely my next project should look better then random glass on top lol
     
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    Hi Dan,

    The vents are 2 inches. You could always cover it a bit if you find it's too dry. My frog room is humid. Around 55% most of the year. I'm big into letting a viv breathe. I believe it's much healthier for the frogs.
     

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