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Re: RE: Floor load capacities

On Wed, 18 Aug 1999 09:08:05 -0700, Andrew Faust wrote:

Now I'm really scared. 

I am in the process of building a tank stand out of 4 x 4's for the 30 gal
and the 20 gal long.  I'll bring those two tanks to work.  Right now they
are on one of those wrought iron stands.  The other tanks, 2 20 gals and 2
10 gals, are on wrought iron stands, but they are each sitting on a sheet of
I wish I didn't have to do this.  
I talked to an architect who said that it would cost me $500 just to take
measurements and another $500 for an engineer.
All of this limits my breeding stock and raising fry.  My club is having a
big auction in November.  Hopefully, the floor lasts until then.
> ...uh, like I said I was tired when I wrote that message - the final
> should actually be 1704 p.s.f. because 21 sq. in. = 0.146 sq. ft.
> 	So it's even worse. If you have a wood floor, don't support your
> stands with thin legs; use a plywood or 2x4 'sill plate' to distribute
> load.
> -andrew
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrew Faust [mailto:andrewfaust@alum.mit.edu]
> Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 1999 10:33 PM
> To: apisto@admin.listbox.com
> Subject: Re: Floor load capacities
> .... if you've got a stand with 4 legs and they are 2x4's going straight
> to the floor, you've got 4*(1.5)*(3.5) = 21 sq. in. of area. Divide that
> into 250+ lbs (just a single 25gal tank) and you've got 142 p.s.f. at
> foot. Something to think about.
> ....

Francine in MD
Fish - photography - genealogy

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