Sanding Glass

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  1. ScottK

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    My daro sump cracked last night so instead of buying another pre-built tank made of thin glass I decided to DIY one.

    I did all my measurements with 5mm glass in mind and got to builders and they only had 6mm. I stupidly stuck to my measurements and realized when I got home everything would be 1-2mm's out. Is there any easy way of sanding the edges of these panels down to make them fit?
     
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    You'll struggle to to sand a perfectly straight edge. Rather get the glass recut. What size are your panels, you might be able to get away with not having to replace all the panels.
    And six mm glass will be better in the long run.
     
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    Or you could replace the cracked pane on the daro tank and use the glass you bought to brace it.
     
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    It requires a special machine, not really worth it. Better to have it recut.
     
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    I've built the sump with the 6mm glass and there is just a slight over hang on the ends, I would guess it's around 1mm which shouldn't be too much of an issue. I will add extra silicon on the inside to make sure it is sturdy.

    The daro tanks are made of very thin glass, I've had two that have cracked in the last 6 months which has put me off them. The standard sizes also don't take full advantage of the space I have so the DIY was also to maximize the space and increase the water volume.

    To make them fit is probably less than 1mm which is quite disappointing, then again we are talking about 60 rands worth of glass as it's just the dividers and they are 4mm. Probably better to go get new ones if builders can cut it at 389 instead of 390.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you would pay more than that to have it sanded down.
    Maybe you will be able to use the glass for something else.
     
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    So it's a overhang, not that the glass is too short?
    If so then it's not much of an issue, just a bit untidy. But seeing as its a sump then it's no problem.
     
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    I guess so :)

    I will dismantle the other two tanks with broken bottoms and see if I can cut the dividers/baffles out of spare glass.
     
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    On the tank itself it's an overhang which I'm not too bothered about. The side glass was supposed to be 5mm withe the tank being 400mm wide so I had the dividers cut at 390mm, they need to be about 389mm to fit.

    Will try and make a plan with glass from the broken tanks or spend the whopping R60 and have new pieces cut :)
     
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    Yip, you got a dremel tool?
    They have a very handy cutting edge that you can buy for grinding glass.
    Just need plenty of water when you are doing it.
     
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    If I read this correctly,then put the back glass on first,then both sides,and then when u do put the front on it while overlap a bit and that won't matter as I will still have 5mm sitting on the base instead of 6mm.so then the new sides and dividers that u cut will be fine,you could use spare old glass to just brace it if you want.
     
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