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Glass Tanks

Discussion in 'Tank Mods' started by roycrt, Feb 11, 2012.

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  1. roycrt

    roycrt Moved On

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    I was told I asked my question in the wrong forum and that this was a better place to ask it.

    I have been reading these posts about building tanks out of syringes and poly tubing and such. I just have to ask. What is wrong with glass tubing? Borosilicate tubing would be strong. Breakage should not be an issue. So is there something that I am missing.

    I am looking at the new 18650 mod by Joye and a building a tank for the top just seems to be the right way to go, but I really do not like the idea of plastic or some derivative.

    Can someone help?
     
  2. Charlz

    Charlz Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    You make it seem like I told you to go away. :p I just found this forum myself and figured it would get more response.
    There are more modders here. Never said "wrong forum" just this one may result in more help. I'm curious myself. Posting so I can stay updated.
     
  3. thehangdude

    thehangdude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

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    I think the hardest part of glass tubing would be cutting it to size. Finding a four foot tube of pyrex with a 5/8" ID would be fairly easy. But what would you cut it with. And then you need to polish the ends, so they are not sharp.

    Would be interested also, if there is a way...
     
  4. Semiretired

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    Me too. I posted a link to glass tubes in the other thread and I am still thinking about experimenting myself. Hoping to get some good feedback from the more knowledgeable modders. Just in case - here is the link someone else posted for the poly tubing - it also carries glass tubing with almost any size you could think of...

    McMaster-Carr
     
  5. Semiretired

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    The site I posted with the glass tubing also sells cutters and the price in reasonable. LT $20... Polishing could be done with dremel attachments. I have done it with other projects so I do not see why it would not fit here. Also the Borosilicate / Pyrex is more heat resistant and not that fragile.
     
  6. roycrt

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    Sorry - did not mean to make it sound like that. There are so many more forums now than there were when I joined ECF - I am having trouble learning how to navigate it.
     
  7. roycrt

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    I checked the site - thanks. The glass tubing for a 12" piece is actually slightly cheaper than the poly tubing of the same size, which is surprising.
     
  8. bert1983

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    I will cut and polish it for you...so precise and clean you wont know it was cut. Just pm me. :)

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  9. Frick

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    It's easy to cut with various glass tube cutting tools. I know my local hardware store has the tool to cut sight glass, which they'll let me use -- I used to work there.

    Smoothing the ends requires nothing more than aluminum-oxide sandpaper -- same thing we used to smooth the cut ends of the sight glass.

    I also notice that Amazon sells glass tubing (through resellers) and also test tubes, although I'm not sure if they'd cut easily or be too thin-walled.
     
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  11. Semiretired

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    To bad it is not in the U.S...
     
  12. Traver

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    Hey guys glass tubing is really easy to cut. You just score it and snap and it can be flame polished
     
  13. Semiretired

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    Never tried flame polishing. Sounds interesting.
     
  14. Frick

    Frick Ultra Member ECF Veteran

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    It does. But honestly, we used to use AO sandpaper on the ends of glass sight tubes, and it gives you that nice frosty "buffed" look, and gets very smooth.
     
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    This is the guy you all want to work with any glass you got " Trust me on this one "
     
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  17. Traver

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    Did you work with melting and heating glass or just cutting? for me it was mostly for bending and stretching to make pipettes
     
  18. HzG8rGrl

    HzG8rGrl Trippy Tip Hoarder Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Bert is definitely the guy for this job. He takes pride in what he does and he does it like no other, perfection should be his first name!
     
  19. Frick

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    Just cutting. We used an oddball old plier-like tool with the cutting wheels on a sort of chain. Like this: Glass Tubing Cutter.

    We had to cut sight-glass tubing to length, then we'd buff the ends with aluminum-oxide sandpaper (actually it's referred to as sanding cloth) to a nice, clean and smooth edge.

    I just figured for keeping it simple and DIY, this would work fine on cut glass tubing.
     
  20. Gummy Bear

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    Any hardware store will sell diamond cutting discs for a Dremel. Just make sure you cut it in/under water.
     
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