Advice please - Base glass strength

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  1. VicZA

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    I was thinking of adding two extra holes to my base glass. to cater for an additional overflow pipe and an additional return pipe.

    Would this many holes on a 15mm base (re-inforced with 10mm square pieces around the holes) be too much and cause the base to become weak and potentially crack - or is it ok ?

    Holes show current scenario, red dots show potential new holes, one 50mm, other 30mm

    Drilled Base (extra).jpg
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    If glass is used to reinforce it around the holes, it should be fine. A lot of tank builders use that design.
     
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    I Personally would reinforce.......you know, for Justin :p
     
  5. JamesHunter

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    How big is the base glass?

    Reinforcing is going to cost you a few rand with 10mm glass so why not
     
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    should be fine
     
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    I dont think you need bracing around the holes but nows the time to add it if you want to. Wont cost too much and the tank will be stronger in the long run. I cant see a measurement as to how close you will be drilling to the edge on your sketch. The closer to the edge you drill the more necessary extra bracing may become.
     
  8. VicZA

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    Thanks all .... the original glass had the holes cut via water-jet at Rene Turck when it was ordered. I am thinking of getting the new holes drilled here in Nelspruit. Glass guys here say they can do it but at my own risk .... :eek: .... else I must just leave it as is
     
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