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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:34 am Post subject: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 Hi  all  .
 
 I  have  been  trying  different  methods  for  removing  algae  getting  attached  to  glass  occasionally,  including  Rs  500  +  Magnetic  scraper  and  putting  hand  inside  with  old  plastic  credit  card  etc.  But  today  when  I  saw  my  wifes  chapathi  tweezer  in  kitchen  I  got  an  idea  and  it  soon  transformed  in  to  a  cheap  but  effective  scraper  for  algae.
 
 disadvantages  of  magnetic  scrapers  are  
 if  any  sand  or  hard  particles  goes  in  between  magnetic  scraper  it  creates  scratch  in  glass.  also  it  is  costly.
 
 IN  case  of  this  cheap  scraper,
 
 The  blade  can  be  replaced  as  it  is  ordinary  razor  blade  and  the  tool  become  very  effective
 
 To  make  one  needs:
 
 1:  A  stainless  steel  chapati  Tweezers  (  ~rs  50)
 2)  An  ordinary  razor  blade  (<rs  2)
 
 Just  straighten  the  tweezers  and  make  the  arm  type  area  flat  and  make  a  hole  there  at  the  end.   Use  a  small  nut  and  bolt  (  it  can  be  taken  from  an  old  switch  or  so)  to  fix  blade  at  the  end  .  The  scraper  is  ready.
 
   take  care  of  your  wife  coming  after  you  with  chapati  stick......
 
 
 with  best  regards,
 Sudheer


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:16 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 thats  great  improvisation.becarefull  while  handling
 same  method  is  available  at  LFS  but  it  costs  a  lot
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:26 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 Thanks  Emma,
                                 I  saw  the  LFS  scrapers  which  had  fixed  not  sharp  blades  which  are  effective  when  there  is  a  thick  layer  of  algae  but  this  can  remove  even  the  thinnest  layer  of  algae
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 12:39 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 thats  is  what  an  innovation....  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:21 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 That's  very  creative.  I  will  try  that  too.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:00 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 Too  good  Sudheer  Smile
 So  1  blade  goes  for  4  months?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:02 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 Nice  scrapper  but  wont  it  leave  a  scratch  mark  on  the  glass  ?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:58 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

                                                   
ruchit  wrote  (View  Post):                
Nice  scrapper  but  wont  it  leave  a  scratch  mark  on  the  glass  ?                

 
 Same  thing  came  in  my  mind  when  i  saw  Photo...I  guess  it'll  leave  scratch  marks  if  rubeed  opposite  direction.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:12 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 good  but  it's  dangerous  too...
 it  can  leave  a  scratch  on  a  glass   as  Ruchit  said...
 you  gotta  be  careful....or  you  can  simply  use  algae  remover  duster  instead.see  Image
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:01 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 thanks  all,
 @Sai  1  blade  can  last  2-3  months  Sai  if  care  is  taken  not  to  hit  the  bottom,  it  can  even  last  more  .  If  it  hits  bottom  then  its  sharpness  goes.
 
 Hi  Ruchit  and  other  doubtful,
                                 Blade  can  never  make  scratch  on  glass.  It  is  the  funda  of  hardness,  if  you  have  doubt  you  take  a  piece  of  glass  and  take  all  your  strength  to  make  a  scratch  on  it  using  a  blade.  But   what  blade  can  not  do  can  be  done  with   smallest  piece  of  quarts  (  sand  particle)  because  its  hardness  is  same  or  more  than  that  of  glass  depending  on  composition.
   
 @swapnilk
                            I  gave  up  those  magnetic  dusters  as  the  issue  is  what  I  mentioned,  by  mistake  if  a  sand  particle  goes  in  between  glass  and  the  magnet  you  will  have  all  your  glass  with  scratches...
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 4:21 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 For  those  unaware,  razor  blade  is  also  used  to  scrape  white  water-stains  on  old  tank  glass.
 Good  DIY  Sudheer.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:12 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Hi  Ruchit  and  other  doubtful,
                                 Blade  can  never  make  scratch  on  glass.  It  is  the  funda  of  hardness,  if  you  have  doubt  you  take  a  piece  of  glass  and  take  all  your  strength  to  make  a  scratch  on  it  using  a  blade.  But   what  blade  can  not  do  can  be  done  with   smallest  piece  of  quarts  (  sand  particle)  because  its  hardness  is  same  or  more  than  that  of  glass  depending  on  composition.
                 

   Rock On   Rock On  
 Live  tested  it...  seriously  I  feel  Im  scratching  it  but  there  is  no  mark  on  it!!
 but  be  careful  that  you  dont  scrape  off  your  silicon  as  well  Chuckle  
 
 
 Sudheer,
 
 Any  reason  to  not  use  the  shaving  set  itself?  it  will  be  safer  to  use  if  it  works.
 ...and  by  bottom  you  mean  Tank  bottom(substrate)?  or  edge  of  algae(glass  surface)?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:22 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

 Common  Sai,   so  you  went  to  test  it!!.  if  a  blade  can  cut  glass  why  people  will  use  diamond  cutters  for  cutting  glass?,  but  if  you  have  a  sharp  quartz  grain  it  can  cut  glass  for  you.   
 
 Shaving  set??  How  can  it  be  made  close  to  the  glass  wall  at  required  angle  to  remove  algae?   In  shaving  sets  blade  get  fixed  (  old  type)   at  right  angles  to  the  handle,  it  is  difficult  to  get  the  blade  in  contact  with  glass..  which  ls  flat  unlike  your  face....  
 
 I  meant  the  blade  hitting  sand  substrate.   
 
 you  are  correct  one  need  to  be  care  full  not  to  scrape  off  silicone!!.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 6:47 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

                                                   
Yogesh  wrote  (View  Post):                
For  those  unaware,  razor  blade  is  also  used  to  scrape  white  water-stains  on  old  tank  glass.
 Good  DIY  Sudheer.  Thumb Up                

 
 Thanks  Yogesh.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 27, 2011 8:10 pm Post subject: Re: A simple but effective algae scraper Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Shaving  set??  How  can  it  be  made  close  to  the  glass  wall  at  required  angle  to  remove  algae?   In  shaving  sets  blade  get  fixed  (  old  type)   at  right  angles  to  the  handle,  it  is  difficult  to  get  the  blade  in  contact  with  glass..  which  ls  flat  unlike  your  face....  
                 

 
 Science  of  shaving!!  this  asks  for  a  paper  on  its  own.  Thumb Up  
 Please  see  if  you  can  plan  for  a  guard  over  it,  to  avoid  human  mishaps.
 
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