Is your canopy too hard to open by hand?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:08 pm
jsclownfish wrote:Where is the actuator? Can you post a link to the one you are using? Fun but totally unnecessary is a major reason I enjoy this platform. :)


Here's the actuator. I plan on adding some trim to the top to conceal it better.

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I can't find the exact auction, but it's a 10" stroke 12V, 200 lb linear actuator. If you do a search you'll find several. You'll also need a set of brackets.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:10 pm
Dude this is yours? I really want the woodworking plans and what you used for the hinge...i NEED to build this style canopy...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:17 pm
lnevo wrote:Dude this is yours? I really want the woodworking plans and what you used for the hinge...i NEED to build this style canopy...


http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/buildi ... ium-canopy

It's a piano hinge from Home Depot.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-1-1 ... /202034038
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:24 pm
So looks like example 2 is the closest, but you also have part of the sides on the lid...anything special for that?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 5:50 pm
No, that's just some trim attached to the front panel. You could put it there or attach it to the stationary part of the canopy. I think it looks fancier moving as part of the lid.

The lid is about 1/3 of the total top of the canopy. We made everything extra tall (top of the closed canopy is 82" high) so we went with a 1/3 lid because anything more wouldn't open without hitting the ceiling. :mrgreen:

Here's the whole thing.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:02 pm
Thats gorgeous man. Nice work. What size is the tank?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:05 pm
Thanks! It's a 120G. 48x24x24.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:08 pm
So this is what you've been upto Collin.

I was just thinking that you haven't been around much.

Very nice work.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:15 pm
You may not see me, but I'm always around. Kinda like herpes.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 7:23 pm
LOL :)

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