Thermo Moulding Perspex

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  1. shane

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    Hi Guys,
    Does anyone know of companies that are able to thermo mould perspex sheet into tubes or cones to enable us to diy a cone skimmer.
    After looking at a web site this morning with the ATB cone skimmer, it got me thinking it would make an interesting DIY project.
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    some signage / display manufacturers might point you in the right direction
     
  4. shane

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    Cool, thanks.
    I will have to look into that.
    Cheers
     
  5. shane

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    Does anyone know if Maizeys does this type of work for the general public?
    I mean if I was to supply all the material and ask them to assembly and bond all parts together.
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    shane maizeys will be able to sell you an perspex tube but they are hellish expensive rather go for clear pvc as it thermo weldable. i worked for a plastics company and welded my own together pvc will be cheaper aswell here is my D.I.Y skimmer thead this is made from clear pvc
    good luck
    toppdoggs D.I.Y skimmer - Anything DIY Related
    BTW i think durban plasics does thermo welding
     
  7. shane

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    Hi Toppdogg,
    I have seen your DIY skimmer, great job there. I also diy'ed my skimmer, but I was looking at increasing my skimmer.The pvc does not come in bigger tube than 160 mm. I wanted to go for a 200 or 250 mm tube.I was thinking about trying to get a sheet of perspex and try heat and bend it myself into the required size, then glue the ends together.
    Any thoughts.
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    Shane, I've done some homework on this, it can be done, but you would need to have a oven to "bake" it so its not in "tension" all the time, but if you add all the costs up, probably work out cheaper to go and buy a EXT250?
     
  9. shane

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    Hi Justin,
    That is what I have been thinking, I phoned Maizey's yesterday and was quoted R1517 ex vat for 250mm perspex tube, added to that the riser tube R 705 ex vat for 133mm.Then there are still the pumps.
    I was thinking along the lies of getting 4 mm perspex sheet and rolling it to the correct size, thought it might be cheaper.
    Cheers
     
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    Shane, why not use normal blue pvc water pipe and add small perspex windows at critical heights to check on the bubble creation - i'm sure as much as it'll look very DIYed it'll be effective and quite cheap. I have access to plenty of thick water piping if you're interested, mostly quite thick walled high pressure stuff . . .
     
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    That seems like quite a good idea for a restrictive budget Eric... interesting
     
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    Hi Shane,

    You can purchase the perspex from Maisey. You can get a few types, one can be bent at home with the use of a heat gun (used to strip paint - tool hire place R60 per day). You can practice on your perspex because if you cool it down and it's not quite right, re-heat it and it's soft and malable again. The only trick is to get it to your required shape and hold it there and cool it down (with spray or wet rag) Otherwise easy peasy...
     
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