remove siliconed glass panes??

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  1. Furbz

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    hi guys
    i have a unique problem.
    i bought tobes old nano for my boet to get into the hobby.
    great tank this!

    however, the CLS holes were closed off by siliconing a small pane of glass to over the holes.
    now my problem is i want to remove these panes and plumb in a CLS. how can i remove these panes without cracking the back glass??

    here is a pic. you can see the holes that have been sealed. i only want to remove the back 2 panes. but i am scared of cracking the back glass.
    please help!!
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    RiaanP Moderator

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    Try thin guitar string. Or whatever it is they cut out car front windscreens at scrapyards to keep them intact.
     
  4. dv8

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    think guitar string is best but thin gut works well too, just fasten it to 2 short sticks, or key rings. just like in the movies when an assason strangles some1
     
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    Good advice :thumbup:

    Hennie
     
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    The other thing that works is a piece of tape meassure, if you have an old one laying around brake a piece off and slide between the pieces of glass, just watch out for your hand and fingers on the sharp edges.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    why not just simply redrill the holes into the fitted pieces of glass?
     
  8. Sentari

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    That actually might not be a bad idea. I have removed glass a few times and its a mission on its own. Not only do you break the current structure you might get hurt.

    I would go with leslie's idea rather.
     
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    IMHO the risk of cracking the glass is much greater when drilling a hole than when removing a piece of stuck on glass :whistling:

    Hennie
     
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    Does anyone know what the chemical is called that dissolves silicone? My friend needs to move panes in his sump. Thanks.
     
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    You can buy it from most Hardware stores. Its called Silicone Remover. Just remember to clean the tank with water afterwards so the chemicals dont set in.
     
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    yeah i agree the simplest way is to use thin yet strong wire,go into any hardware store and get binding wire they should have .5mm use this it works perfect.tie it to two sticks like the guys mentioned above.

    then slide it slowly but firmly between the two panes of glass cutting through all the silicone,this will free it for sure and the glass will not crack.
     
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    tried the wire thing. didn't cut very well. so used a sharpened steel sharpening tool, sild it inbetween the 2 panes. it worked like a bomb! thanx guys
     
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    Furbz...Im glad that you came right...just dont forget to take plenty of pics...
     
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    Good going Furbz!
     
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    What I have found if the glass is fitting tight together the "string" theory does not work will. I have always used a scalpel and then a razor blade. First remove the inside seal then work on the silicon between the glass.

    Maybe you can try this way the next time.:whistling:
     
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