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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:08 pm Post subject: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to make Reply with quote

 Hi  Guys
 I  have  upgraded  and  modified  my  previous  DIY  Canister  version  to  Ver  1.01  ha  ha  ha
 
 Well,  There  were  a  few  problems  in  the  previous  version  of  DIY  Canister  using  PVC  and  threaded  end-cups.  The  problems  were  
 1. The  Thread  has  to  be  perfecto,  and  when  screwing  it  has  to  set  tightly.  Otherwise  there  will  be  definte  water  leaks   
               as  I  experienced  in  due  course  of  time.
 2. The  Valves  that  were  initially  in  place  were  also  flimsy  and  didn’t  hold  onto  pressure  and  slowly  water  started  to  drip
 3. I  didn’t  know  what  is  happening  inside  the  canister!!!  Ha  ha  ha  
 
 To  eliminate  all  these  problems  and  with  my  experience  with  acrylics…  I  ended  up  with  this  Acrylic  Canister.
 
 I  didn’t  take  pics  while  making  it..  will  definitely  do  so  in  my  second  one  and  post  in  this  same  thread.
 
 The  Components  for  the  canister:
 
 1. 5”  dia  (3mm  thick)  1’  height  Acrylic  Tube.  
 2. ¾”  Acrylic  Tube  â€“  2  feet
 3. 15”  X8”  6mm  thick  Sheet
 4. 2,  Â¾â€  union-ball  valves  (one  threaded,  one  slip  type).
 5. ½”  hose  pipe  holder  threaded  (Blue  Color)
 6. 1000  Ltrs/hr  Pump
 7. Telfon  and  Electrical  tape
 8. Chloroform  and  Cyanoacrylate  for  gluing
 
 First  cut  the  6mm  thick  acrylic  tube  as  per  the  design  enclosed.  The  design  has  got  two  6mm  thick  8”  dia  circles.  The  First  sheet  shall  be  further  cut  at  4.5”  dia  to  form  the  hole  and  the  area  marked  in  yellow  is  where  the  5”  tube  sits.  This  is  a  groove  taken  for  the  seating  of  the  pipe  into  sheet.
 
 The  black  color  in  the  diagram  is  the  seating  for  a  O-ring  of  4mm  thickness,140mm  dia.  The  groove  is  about  2mmX4mm  and  the  O-Ring  is  glued  to  the  groove.
 
 There  are  8  8mm  thick  holes  for  the  Nylon  nuts  and  bots  to  tighten  the  system.
 
 The  cutting  were  done  use  lazer.  and  hence  the  perfect  cut  and  fit.  Can  locate  any  lazer-sign  makers.  They  have  this  instrument  where  you  give  the  design  it  will  cut  it  in  acrylic.
 
 The  top  sheet  has  got  only  the  holes  for  the  nuts  and  bolts  to  seal  the  system.  The  other  hole  is  for  the  outlet  of  the  motor  onto  the  exit  valve.  
 
 You  have  to  make  another  sheet  of  8”  dia,  with  groove  at  5”  for  the  base  of  the  pipe.  The  pipe  will  set  into  the  groove  and  is  sealed.
 
 A  Â¾â€  dia  hole  is  drilled  at  about  Â½â€  from  the  bottom  of  the  pipe  for  the  inlet  into  the  canister.
 
 Valves:
 Coming  to  the  Union  ball  valves,  there  are  two  slip  and  two  threaded  type  valves.  We  need  to  remove  the  unions  and  swap  one  side  to  form  two  valves  that  has  slip  on  one  side  and  thread  on  the  other.  The  Â½â€  hose  barb  is  threaded  with  telfon  tape  to  the  valve.  The  Other  end  of  the  valve  is  attached  to  the  inlet  and  outlet  pipes  of  the  canister.
 
 Pump
 Another  hole  is  drilled  at  the  top  sheet  to  exit  the  wire  of  the  pump.  This  is  using  a  3/8”  drill  bit.  The  wire  is  initially  cut,  then  passed  thro  the  hole  and  then  rejoined  outside  the  canister  to  complete  the  electrical  side  of  the  canister.
 
 The  U-tubes  from  and  to  the  tank  are  Â¾â€  Acrylic  tubes  and  are  the  same  that  I  have  used  in  my  previous  PVC  canister  model.
 
 The  media  can  be  filled  to  complete  the  process.
 
 All  gluing  has  been  done  using  Chloroform  and  some  cyanoacrylate.
 
 The  pictures  should  be  self-explanatory  I  hope.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:15 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 I  guess  the  pictures  are  not  loading..  will  attach  them  here  again
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:18 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 The  Finished  Product!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:04 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Wow!  buddy  it  looks  very  professional.  Neatly  done.  I  have  some  questions  for  you,  Where  are  those  valves  available?  What  is  the  cost  of  it  at  the  whole?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 4:39 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Very  well  done!   Thumb Up  
 Looks  quite  professional.  The  only  flaw(if  i  may  say  so)  that  i  found  was  that  media  cleaning  will  require  one  to  remove  all  those  plastic  nuts?
 
 Also,  like  Hamza,  am  curious  to  know  what  those  valves  are?  Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 5:43 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 very  well  done
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:03 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Thanks  guys.
 The  valves  are  available  in  any  wholesale  plumbing  shop,  here  in  chennai  we  can  get  it  in  parrys  the  wholesale  area...
 
 removing  the  nuts  is  not  a  problem  they  are  not  very  tightly  screwed..  hence  only  8  nuts  can  remove  in  less  than  a  minute..  and  put  them  back  in  less  than  a  minute...
 
 well  still  not  professional  yet..  but  had  done  3  of  them  like  that  before  and  lost  and  this  is  the  fourth  one  that  has  come  out  well...
 
 cannot  mention  numbers  regarding  pricing,  relatively  should  be  just  about  1/2  the  price  of  an  Atman  II  canister  filter.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:10 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Hi  Perikarupan,
 Nice  design,very  professional  look,you  can  actualy  see  the  water  flow  in  the  system,I  am  afraid  the  plastic  bolts  might  slip  after  some  time,go  for  brass  nut  bolts,would  be  much  safer  and  can  carry  higher  tightening  load,i  also  suspect  those  valves.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 7:46 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 WOW!!!  
 Great  work  sir,  would  like  to  know  how  you  bent  the  inlet  pipe  to  the  canister  so  perfectly,  maintaining  a  constant  diameter  along  the  curve,  had  seen  it  done  perfectly  in  your  previous  post  also(DIY  lily  pipes).
 
 Thanks  in  advance
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:14 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Wow..  what  a  DIY  cannister  filter.  I  really  appreciate  your  hard  work.  Bow  Will  you  please  let  us  know  the  total  cost  of  this  DIY  filter.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:03 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 @Sishir,  the  nylon  bolts  and  the  union  ball  valves  are  the  ones  used  by  all  abroad  and  it  does  take  the  load  perfectly  so  no  worries  on  that.  
 
 Nylon  bolts  are  better  than  brass  when  coming  to  handling  them.  
 
 @omprakash,  i  didnt  do  that  article  on  bending  pipes.  bending  pipes  is  a  seperate  article  on  its  own..  to  put  it  simply,  fill  the  pipe  to  be  bend  with  fine  sand,  perfectly  compact  the  sand  and  seal  both  ends.  Apply  heat  via  a  torch  or  gas  stove  evenly  throught  the  pipe.  Make  a  template  in  wood  that  contains  the  bend.  when  the  pipe  is  uniformly  heated,  Using  the  template  bend  the  pipe  to  the  required  curve  /  shape.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 11:05 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 HI
 
 
 lOOKS  GREAT,  AND  NEAT.  KEEP  IT  UP  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:47 am Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Keep  up  the  good  work  Peri.....  Looks  eligant  and  neat.
 
   But  i  am  still  not  convinced  of  these  setup's  after  i  looked  at  a  cheap  one  to  make  at  Venky's  place.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 12:05 pm Post subject: Re: DIY Ultra Acrylic Canister - Complete Utilty,Easy to mak Reply with quote

 Hi  PK
 
      WOW!!  thats  looks  really  good.  Good  Job!
       But  having  said  this  the  neat  look  will  go  away  once  the  filter  is  operational.
      In  Bangalore  getting  this  job  done  in  acrylic  will  be  expensive.  Have  tried  working  with  acrylic  for  our  light  fixtures,  that  truned  out  to  be  an  expensive  affair.  But  love  the  way  the  finished  product  looks.  I  guess  only  time  will  tell  if  filter  works  well.  
      BTW  why  not  mention  the  pricing  I  am  sure  its  not  an  issue  to  let  hobbyist  know  the  figures  for  a  DIY  project.
      All  the  best  with  this  and  do  keep  us  posted  on  the  working  of  the  filter,  is  it  already  up  and  running?
 
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 Buddy  just  another  thought...
 
 Your  power  head's  intake  direction  is  towards  acrylic  which  to  me  might  not  be  the  best  of  options.  May  be  look  at  poiting  it  below.  Another  thing  is  with  this  it  might  have  a  concentrated  suction  in  filter  pads.  May  be  a  funnel  below  it  might  give  you  a  bit  distributed  suction.
 
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