Removing bracing

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  1. Tremayn

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    Hey guys. I'm having a hard time removing the euro bracing from my sump tank. Ive been trying to cut the silicone with a blade but to no luck. Seems like it just sticks again. Tried fishing line and that broke. Tried guitar string but i use a thicker gauge and it chipped the bracing because the bracing is right against the sides of the tank. Is there a way to remove the silicone by use of a chemical?

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  3. xtreme

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    Lol, know that one, in that case i'm using a hammer and brake the bracing then you can cut it with a blade, you can brake it with a pliers as well
     
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    You can get silicone remover from builders warehouse
     
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    Try a old tape measure the steel type u can get in there i did it and it work well
     
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    is it the top bracing you are trying to remove?
     
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    Whats it called? Didnt know such a thing existed

    Yes the top bracing. I dont want to risk breaking the bracing, what if it breaks the tank also
     
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    basically i just need to remove the bracing on the left because thats where the inlet pipe will go and the center brace
     
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    "Tried guitar string but i use a thicker gauge and it chipped the bracing because the bracing is right against the sides of the tank."

    Try using a thinner guitar string. I have found this to be the most succesful method
     
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    Problem is that the bracing is right against the sides of the tank so there is 0mm space to get anything through. I tried 0.9 but it gets stuck
     
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    this is a pretty difficult one

    i have done it before but i generally never recycle the bracing removed as it often has to be cut apart because its glued so tightly

    there are no chemicals that work that i know of and believe me i have looked and tried everything as i work with alot of tanks

    you need to find a weakspt in the gluework between the horizontal brace and the vertical (sides front or back) pieces of glass. wedge a blade in there and then try wedge a slightly thicker knife in behind it.

    the purpose of the thicker knife is to remove pressure on the cutting blade and allow a bigger gap for cutting. as you are able to cut the glue the thicker blade should follow only to remove a little pressure. if you are too hasty and push too hard you run the risk of cracking one of the panes. (usually the ones you want to keep)

    paitence is the main thing here if you feel like you getting nowhere go take a break and try again when you calm down. this can be a very frustrating task.

    good luck
     
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    Hey Leslie. Problem is that there isn't space to put a thicker blade. In the corner there is a slight gap where i can fit the guitar string through. But it gets stuck. If i apply more pressure then the bracing starts to chip. So i left it there. The bracing on the left was already broken. So its split down the middle
     
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    yep i never said it would be easy :)
     
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    I have done this many times before. Try using a minora blade and cut the edges around the silicone. The fishing line will break, so me triple or quadriple it so it srtonger and will rip the silicone with ease. Try using a cloth when holdinbg on both sides of the fishing line as it will cut you badly. Like you I have tried aloot of different ways and this seem to work best. That job a piece of cake for me.
     
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    ok ill give it a shot :) .. If worse comes to worse im going to get a half brick!!! And :beatdeadhorse5:
     
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    go to a tackle shop, and buy 15kg trace, it comes in I think 30m rolls, it is only like 30 bucks, so you got spare, use 1m lengths, and then it should work, should be thinner than the piano you using.
     
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    Take a grinder with diamond blade and run little water over the glass and gut it, just enough to snap it off.

    with all the stuff you buying and time you spending you could just ordered new glass and build a new sump:p
     
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    lol a brick is cheaper than a diamond blade! I heard that benzine dissolves silicon, so will give that a try. With the amount of money I put in the stand and still am goin to put not to mention all the hours of work, I shouldv just bought a new stand. That was really the most difficult part.. so far
     
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    Finally!! I removed the bracing! Just got tired and used a half brick and killkanga
    High risk but it worked!
    Important bits.. Eye protection is essential because of all of the shards of glass flying everywhere, so ray bans work fine lol.. Pig skin gloves are also nice because u are gonna be working with sharp glass
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    The end result is a tank void of the top bracing! Took like 15min to do
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    much respect man, did u really use a brick?
     
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    lol yes I did.. half brick.. and yes, I shat myself the whole time! :lol:
     
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