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Old 07/22/2007, 07:14 PM
Albright Albright is offline
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Building on site?

Has anyone had a large display tank built on site vs. being delivered assembled?

Are there any drawbacks I'm missing besides convincing a builder to fly out and actually do it?

Does anyone know of any builders (glass or acrylic as I'm still up in the air) who are happy to do so?

System will most likely be 10' x 5' x 3' deep. It will be in a basement which has a level (no stairs at all) walk out so getting the panes in will be easy.
Old 07/22/2007, 10:52 PM
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It can be done with either glass or acrylic but larger tanks such as this are often built using forklifts to move the assemblies around as weight definitely becomes an issue, more manpower becomes a necessity to account for this. Usually a large flat table, jigs, some tooling/machinery, etc., has to be shipped to the location to do the work as well.
Often cheaper to buy some tooling on location and leave it there rather than packing & shipping both ways, an air compressor is a good example of this.
Gonna also have to pay for travel expenses for worker(s).
Temp & humidity can become issues so climate control *can* be problematic.
Your fabricator would do as much machining as possible back at their shop and ship "ready to assemble" components to the location and just do assembly & trimwork on-site.
You can probably count on tripling the cost of the tank to do this once all is said and done so would definitely recommend seeing what the max is you can get through the doorway or windows. Removing and reinstalling the door or window frames would be cheaper in most instances. If you have to drop a coupla inches off one or two of the dimensions to get the tank in there, would be something to consider.

Old 07/23/2007, 05:38 AM
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Old 07/26/2007, 03:02 AM
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Sorry for the post to the wrong forum and thanks James for being very informative

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