Seems like a good time to award yourself with a nice gold framed certificate for DIY. Hang it over the feeding hole.
Don't pay too much attention to our suggestions. We might like to have you work too hard!
Not at all, I am happy to have any input. Thinking about changing what I plan to do is WAY easier than doing it twice. As far as a water tank, I have right around 15-16 inches between the tank back and the far wall. I will say that I can fit in that space and leave it at that, but I do not know if I can get usable water storage in such a small space. Maybe.
Got some stuff done today, I built the frame for the stand top. I am using a combination of the wall framing and two additonal legs for the front, and two two by four legs for the back. I am running a 2 x 4 on edge between those legs, do you think I can eliminate the center back leg if I do it this way? I will have back corner legs, the on edge 2 x 4, and the 3/4 plywood for strength. 100G, 5 foot tank?
Here's the top of the stand frame in place, I haven't cut the back legs, but I did run the back frame long and ran it over a 2 x 4 lagged to the wall studs.
Even though I still have to add some legs, everything is very level side to side and front to back, and seems very sturdy at this point. I plan to screw the frame to the house framing wherever I can.
Here's a couple shots showing the room that will be left after the tank goes in, that 2 x 4 is about 16 inches, so there's a bit of room to move in there after I cut the door.
Here's that same 2 x 4 from the side, about 16 inches wiggle room.
Seriously, comments, suggestions, etc are welcome.
One question for the tradesmen, there is a metal wire, about 1/8 in diameter, uninsulated, that seems to run from somewhere above to somewhere below, my uneducated guess is that its a lighting rod ground. In the 21 years I have lived in SouCal, I have seen maybe 3 electrical storms in the nearby mountains, in any event, of course it runs DIRECTLY through where the tank will sit, si I need to move this wire, and am not sure what to do with it.
Thanks for following this build, I appreciate the company and extra eyes.