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    awsome i am going to do this in the future

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    Looks awesome

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    Looks Great, The post realy helps me a lot for a future project. Bulkheads are not available in my part of the world.
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    Have A Great Day

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    It works pretty good, I still haven't had issues with mine. Although I do HIGHLY recommend using "PVC/Gray" electrical conduit as the O-ring sits better when seated.

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    my only question:

    is it worth the risk of a leak/failure to save money by DIY? when does this need to be replaced (if ever) compare to a normal bulkhead? upgrades to the O ring? silicone?

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    these fittings are designed to be water tight in the first place, as they are not put under pressure they should hold up just fine, using the O ring is better than using silicone as they are designed to have the o ring to help seal them.
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    Ive been using mine now for a few months and hasn't failed me yet.

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    Hey this is good for small thickness glass or acrylic tanks. But when it come to big thicknesses its hard to do this way. The problem is this screw heads aren't long enough to penetrate those hight thickness glasses. So does anyone knows a remedy for this situation ??

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    Invest in a true bulkhead, its only a few dollars more then doing it this way. Just might have to order it online if you can't get it in your area.


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    yup bulkheads for the most part are not that expensive my 4 1" ones cost me 12 bucks each, I'm sure I could have found them cheaper on line somewhere, but I do try to support my local fish stores, my local hardware stores didn't carry them at all.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by lahi88 Click here to enlarge
    Hey this is good for small thickness glass or acrylic tanks. But when it come to big thicknesses its hard to do this way. The problem is this screw heads aren't long enough to penetrate those hight thickness glasses. So does anyone knows a remedy for this situation ??
    1) schedule 80 short nipple (they come in different lengths, cut to fit if needed)
    2) FPT to slip
    1-2) o-ring or rubber washer

    Same concept except you use two female fittings and a short piece of pipe in between.Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Scavenger Click here to enlarge
    1) schedule 80 short nipple (they come in different lengths, cut to fit if needed)
    2) FPT to slip
    1-2) o-ring or rubber washer

    Same concept except you use two female fittings and a short piece of pipe in between.Click here to enlarge
    How exactly that works. Can you show it with a diagram. I didnt get what exactly you saying

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    Sorry I'll have to get back to you with a diagram. For now I'll try to explain better.

    Use 2 female fittings (same ones discussed earlier in this thread)
    Use a short piece of pipe in between.

    The length of pipe will be determined by the thickness of your tank.

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    Digging up a graveyard, but does anyone have pics still, or pics of theirs. I have seen some youtube videos of home made bulkheads but the way the thread was going that this was not one in the same.

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    look in the electrical section you can find the parts required in the electrical conduit fittings you need a male thread with a female slip, and then a female internal thread, and 2 O-rings put one O rings on the male fittings stick it through the whole in the tank, install the other O ring and screw the other fitting on and attach your internal and external pieces as needed.
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    Cool, thanks for the post, will definitely be trying this in the future.

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    Can you fix pictures in first post?

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    i wish the pics worked so i know whats going on lol

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