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PostSubject: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:25 am

Mad so i had an incident with a favorite coral of mine and upon taking the canopy down and investingating my equipment i had narrowed down the problem to salt creep causing a rust builup that basicaly rotted the metal reflector from the inside out. Embarassed
anyhow i had to find a new one..i found an out of service shoplight nearby Razz stripped it down and stole its reflector.at first it didnt fit but i just laid it down and used my wieght to bend it to a proper fit.[img][/img]
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PostSubject: Re: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:36 am

and for those who may wonder about the background its the green mile.good movie Smile
so now on to the drill.first i made some marks to where i wanted the light clamps in place and then i drill the holes.[img][/img]
i am lucky i live next to a hardware stor to get some new washers and nuts as some of these were a we bit rusty regardless of being stainless steel.better safe than sorry.[img][/img]
now to place all the light clamps in the apropriate places and tighten some screws.
oh and there were no holes made in the floor as i had a styrofoam buffer Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:43 am

now with all the clamps in place i need to remount the ballast.
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pretty simpe but i like to keep things that way.gonna just mount the PC 2*65 Watt on the back.[img][/img]
there we go.a couple of holes drilled and then grounded the ballast to the reflector and thats that.
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PostSubject: Re: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:47 am

i mounted the bulbs in and fired em up..and its back in the saddle...or should i say canopy. Cool i had to make one last adjustment to that left PC bulb but other than that it wasnt to much work for how much of a hurry i was in.[img][/img]
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PostSubject: Re: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:05 am

im just glad you didnt have to buy a new one, you are the macguyver of the hobby...
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PostSubject: Re: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:02 pm

whats funny is buying one never even crossed my mind.i instantly looked to cannibalize something.i spent about $9 in nuts,bolts,and clips.all in all it went well asides from loss of some nice coral. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: refurbishing my reef lights    Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:21 pm

lol, i guess it was meant to be. think of it as making space i guess...
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