Canopy advise needed!

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  1. Nsteyn

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    Hi all you DIY Guru's, I need some advice on my canopy.

    If you look at my thread, you will see that my tank is 1.5m x 0.8m x 0.8m.
    My canopy is basically the same size, resting directly on my tank with 6 T5 80w mounted directly to the canopy.

    There is two swing doors in the front, for access for things like feeding etc.

    My problem is when I want to do some hard work, like cleaning gravel, moving LR etc.
    Currently I then have to remove my whole canopy, place it next to my tank, do the work, and replace it.

    Last night I broke 2x T5 80w bulps.. needless to say, I was pretty peed with myself, and need to make another plan. Also, I always need my wife or someone to assist me in removing the canopy, and it is a whole mission.

    So this is what I want :p
    A way to Hoist the canopy up.. or lift it up - anything to get it out of the way. Was thinking about having a pully system in the roof an just lifting it up, and then dropping it back when I am done, but have no idea how to get it working.. it does not have to be automated, I dont mind using elbow grease as long as its workable by one person..

    Hope this makes sense.. otherwise ask .
    There is a pic on my tank threat to give you an idea..
    impatient nuub :D - Page 5 - Marine Aquariums of South Africa

    Tnx!

    Niel
     
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  3. neo

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    have a look at FREDLIN™ Solutions
    this is meant for roof tents / canopies etc. but could give you an idea, maybe talk to them.
     
  4. mandarin

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    Got the same problem, i'm going to make a bracket with pulleys to hoist the canopy out of the way upwards so i can still see wat is going on inside the tank by means of a boat hand winch that i will mount out of sight. Going to start this DIY on friday, had enough of this.;)
     
  5. Nsteyn

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    Mandarin!! you are my new hero :D
    Ok, you do it and then I can copy it ... :p (if it works that is)

    Seriously.. the parts you are using will be comething I can copy without it costing me an arm and a leg? The boat winch.. can you lower the canopy also without it being dropped down on the tank?
     
  6. mandarin

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    Don't worry my friend, if i install mine and it (WILL) works, then i'll make you a set of brackets for free, you just have to buy the winch and cable +- R200.00 and install, deal. ;)
     
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    DEAL!
    .. Just name your prefered brand of :peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni::peroni: !
     
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    I'm sure youve taken a look at my hood. It works very well!
     
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