DIY aluminum t5 unit

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    You must just have space for the heat to escape!
     
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    Stop hoping and do the experiment. Turn the lights on!
     
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    haha.. what ive done now is just the basics of it.. still loads of work to do.. have to wire the whole thing and build the lid..

    i really hate the hack saw.. anyone in Edenvale have a table saw that i can cut a few L-pieces? pretty please?! :)
     
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    its gonna look like a tek light when its done!
     
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    Just a thought... instead of fiddly little fans that will be a total bitch to replace when they blow - why not just use an air pump...it can stand anywhere...and a single airline running up against your power chord wont be to all that visible... A nice big one will deliver way more air than a small cooling fan anyway....
     
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    Ivan suggested that too.. i'll see after i seal it up and see how hot it gets.. thanks for the suggestions guys
     
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    Why dont you buy it from Aluminium Trading and have them cut it to size for you, they are in edenvale? They use a circular saw with a blade made for Alu
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Have you tried Communica for the fans? They sell 220v ones so no transformers needed.
     
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    made the Frame of the lid today. In the empty area I'm going to use some alanod.. Expensive but all I have on hand.
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    Lid is going to just sit in the main frame. It's snug so it shouldn't fall off.
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    To do:
    1. Drill 4holes for the cabling of the unit
    2. Cut alanod piece and glue to the lid frame
    3. Drill mounting holes in ceiling for The unit

    Nearly there..
     
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    Looking good!
     
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    What's left to do is get a pice of alanod and glue it to the lid frame and then it's done. :)
     
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    Why dont you get a piece of cut to size aluminium for the top then it will blend in with the angle and it will not look wavy as alunod tend to look.
     
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    Awesome DIY dude! I agree with JP on the wavy alanod.
     
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    well done, very nice.
     
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    Where can I get some of that?
     
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    Aluminium Trading in Edenvale are always good, Eurosteel, Metals Centre, TW Profiles, just trying to think of who else, just asked that you want a scratch free piece with the plastic cover still on.

    Give me the dimension and I will call a contact and get you a price or see if I can maybe organise a offcut at a good price.
     
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    Wow that would be cool! 31cmx61cm think it's 2mm thick?
     

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