Beware of Crappy Carpenters!!!! Hire professionals for your Wet Pets!!!

Check this out. We were asked to go recover a Aquarium for a Client from a Building that was being gutted for a remodel. The cabinets them selves are not bad. There are things that we would do different to make them more structurally sound but not bad over all. The shock came as we started to tear the thing apart to remove it. Keep in mind our client wanted to reuse this in their home.

First thing. The tank is a 180g reef ready tank. With water sand and rock it will be approx 2300 to 2700lbs.  Not a big deal to those that take pride and understand these things.

Remember that if the base the tank is sitting on is not perfectly flat and true then the tank will flex causing the glass to deflect. You can have seams split or worse the glass can shatter. I’m hoping the tank hasn’t suffered seam issues or it will need to be re sealed.

Avoid Bad Carpentry

We found, Cardboard, Styrofoam. chunks of mdf as well as just plain old crap used as shims.

Avoid Bad Carpentry

Avoid Bad Carpentry

Avoid Bad Carpentry

How about NO shims just hanging legs!!!

Avoid Bad Carpentry

The moral of the story is. Hire professionals that know what the heck they are doing. Your Wet Pets are the ones that suffer and your money is wasted should there be a disaster.

5 thoughts on “Beware of Crappy Carpenters!!!! Hire professionals for your Wet Pets!!!

  1. That is so scary!, a fish tank!, add the weight of the salt plus the water along with the rock and you have a bomb waiting to go off. THe slightest shift of the house’s foundation or a mild earthquake like we had today and BOOM!
    Imagine the homeowners surprise when their homeowners insurance declines to cover the damage from shoddy workmanship. Amazing that the tank was able to hold any water.

  2. Why do I bother calling up people when I can just read this!

  3. You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it better.

  4. What an awesome way to explain this-now I know everything!

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