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  • Since being prepared for a build is just as important as the build itself, here is what

  • I think the top 10 tools and supplies every Do it yourself fish keeper should always have

  • on hand. Coming in at #8 9 and 10 are power tools.

  • At number 10 is the miter saw. This tool will make chopping up 2X4's for that stand you

  • need to build short work. Getting wood cut can be done right at the store in most cases

  • though, so this ranks low. At number 9 is the table saw. While more expensive

  • than the miter saw, it is capable of more. When it comes to cutting PVC pipe or acrylic,

  • it can do that as well. For cutting acrylic, I would suggest a 60 to 80 tooth carbide tip

  • blade with triple chip design. Getting sheets cut to your requirements can also be done

  • at the store, so this also ranks low like the miter saw.

  • The last power tool comes in at number 8 is the power drill. Drilling holes and drilling

  • in screws is simply all too common with DIY. A power drill is simply a must. Some good

  • attachments to have are a variety of bits to use with screws and then some hole saws.

  • A wood hole saw will be great on wood obviously, but also works with acrylic. Then a Diamond

  • coated hole saw will drill hole through glass. An extra set of hands is always a good idea.

  • So clamps come in at number 7. With many types of clamps available, having

  • at least one set of a type could make a job much easier.

  • At number 6 are tapes and adhesives. Painters tape and electrical tape are always in my

  • tool box. Painters tape is great for using as a guide for painting or applying silicone

  • without making a big mess. While electrical tape is strong enough to hold things together

  • like aquariums while you work on them, without leaving a sticky residue behind.

  • An adhesive I always have is PVC cement. There are a couple other adhesives you should have,

  • but they appear later on in this list. Coming in at #5 is razor blades. These come

  • in handier than you might think. They can be used to clean aquariums, remove silicone

  • or even make small precision cuts. At number 4 is hand held acrylic tools.

  • Cutting acrylic by hand can be done with a handheld acrylic etcher.

  • While preparing the edges can be done with a hand held acrylic scraper. Prepared edges

  • of an acrylic panel is arguably the most important factor to building an acrylic tank because

  • After all, a perfect seam starts with clean edges. While an acrylic scraper works good,

  • the back of a hack saw blade actually works better.You should also have an applicator

  • for the cement to weld acrylic together. Cements that I always have on hand for acrylic is

  • weld on 4 for welding seams together and weld on 16 for spots that need thicker cement like

  • pin holes or small leak. Since glass aquariums are the more popular

  • aquarium to build, glass hand held tools come in at number 3.

  • Simply put, if you want to cut glass at home, you need a handheld glass cutter. Obviously

  • you need silicone as well, so having a large tube of aquarium safe silicone on hand is

  • also needed. To make the silicone job much easier, get a caulking gun to apply it.

  • At number 2 are measuring tools. Whether you are measuring lengths, levels or even angles,

  • these are a must. Make sure you have a measuring tape, a level and a square. These will prove

  • to be a must for almost any project. The number one aquarium tool that you could

  • possibly attack any project with is. A second opinion.

  • Getting some feedback, discussing an idea, brainstorming solutions and getting suggestions

  • is the best thing you can do before starting any project.

  • So that was my list of my top 10 DIY aquarium tools. No obviously there are many other items

  • and tools and supplies that you could possibly use, however these are the ones that I use

  • the most. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed this video

  • I also want to thank you for watching and we will see you next time.

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    Cai Xin Liu posted on 2016/09/08
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