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#16 Ryan313 OFFLINE  

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Posted March 15, 2013 - 03:19 PM

The machine Shop at BOCES (where my welding class is, had a several pieces of plexiglass a couple weeks ago. I don't know what it is for but they might have some scraps for me if they had to cut it. They where all different sizes so it might have been precut.

I went out this morning to brainstorm and the caulk was dry enough to hold it in place, but was still a little squishy to the touch, so I removed the string. I had the light on in it for about 15 minutes while I looked around for something to use, when I went back the heat from the bulb had softened the caulk and the entire fixture was sinking! Much longer and it would have fallen in. I was able to put it back into place and support it easily. Hopefully after it completely drys it will not soften up like that!

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Posted March 15, 2013 - 03:40 PM

Better yet, on the plexi inside the cabinet, cut it a little oversize, then just use a single bolt, but with a decent spring on it so the spring will hold it up snug, but allow a quick bulb change by simply swiveling it to the side.



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Posted March 15, 2013 - 03:42 PM

Just use 3 metal strips to screw to the bulb globe, then to the cabinet.



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Posted March 15, 2013 - 03:50 PM

Daniel, am not sure I follow you.

I was thinking about using a 6" square and a small bolt in each corner that would go through the top of the cabinet. The bolts would hold the plexiglass, and hold the light in if the caulk softens when it is on.

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Posted March 15, 2013 - 04:26 PM

Ryan, I think that you are going to have problems with the chaiking.
If you used a latex based, that stuff will never harden completely and will stay pliable to a point and especially with the heat from the lamp.
Sounds like a job for old standby "JB Weld".  Rough it up a little with sand paper - apply weld -  let it cure overnight and it will be there for good.
 



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 06:50 PM

Today is the first day I was in the garage for any length of time, so I turned the light on for a while. After 20 minutes the caulk started to get weak. I am going to have to redo it with something better.



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Posted April 04, 2013 - 08:10 PM

My brother has been asking me everyday for the last two weeks to sand blast some bike parts for him, and I keep telling him I can't until I get plexiglass. About a week ago I told him if he wanted it done soon, he has to go find me a piece someplace, because I have other things I need to get done. Today he finally got a piece, to put it in I drilled four holes in the top of my cabinet so a screw could pass through each, then a smaller hole in the glass so that the screw would grab. I mocked it up with the protective sheets on it, but since it does not effect the light at all I may just leave them until they get messed up.

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Each time the caulking got soft, the light sank a little more. When I tightened the screws it pushed the light up and ripped the caulk; although, I had to redo it anyway so it is not a big deal.

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I took all of the caulk off, it was easier then I thought it would be. Now I need to get some JB weld.



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Posted April 06, 2013 - 08:48 PM

I went to the hardware store, and I saw this stuff, it was a little cheaper then JB weld and I wanted to try it out.

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It says on the back that it can fix cracked blocks... I highly doubt it. It might stop a leak, but it is not a proper fix, IMO.

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Here is how it comes, instructions say mix it all together until it is uniform in color.

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While I was mixing it, it seemed pretty dry; I did not want to add water and ruin it though. Being that it only has to seal the gap, I mixed it the best I could then stuck it on there.

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I figured that I would not have to wait for it to harden, so I tried it out. I started to blast the front forks from a bike for my brother; everything was working fine and the paint came off easy so I figured I could have my brother do it; that way I could get back to doing what I needed to do.

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