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Old 03-29-2018, 04:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Interested in any feedback or comments that I may want to consider. Top is 30 off floor. Large vessel is just above elbow height at centerline. Will be adding pop-off and regulator for small vessel. Vacuum pump will go on bottom. On wheels. Free workspace also on backside behind elevated tank.


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I like the concept for sure. Can the bolts for the big pot swing away cleanly? Looks like they might get hung up. I've got two big 5 gallon and one 2.5 gallon now that I've gotta build something for.
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Ill take a side and rear shot tomorrow. The big pot is sticking out and supported behind the handle. Everything swings clearly away and there is a hook to hang the lid bail on. Rear is strapped down.


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It looks good to me Mike. I can't offer any suggestions. Have fun!
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Thanks, Chuck. Getting close to getting started. Thanks for all of your help.


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Oh one other thing... You may want to consider screwing down a piece of HDPE to the top. That's just if you want to keep it free of built up resin. Any resin spills are likely to become well bonded to the top of that. My new casting bench has a hardwood top that is safely hidden under a thin hdpe sheet. :) Spilled a batch last night being a bonehead and just scraped it off this morning good as new.
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Very nice set up. Wish I had the room in my shop for something like that.
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Couple of more photos showing the overhang of the big pot. img_0051.jpgimg_0055.jpg


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How easy/awkward is it to position the lid and tighten the clamps with all the stuff attached to it?
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The lid for the 5 gallon tank is a bit heavy on its own. As such, the regulator and oil/water separator do not add much. You will notice I kept everything within the bail so it is not easily hit.

With the center of the tank slightly below elbow level, it gives very good control over the lid. Putting it on you lift with both hands and sit it in place which removes the weight of the lid. Hold it steady with one hand and flip the top clamps over. It will now stay in place as you flip the bottom clamps up and snug them, beginning your tightening sequence.

To remove, after pressure is relieved, you loosen all the clamps then loosen the bottom two until they swing away. Hold lid in position on rim as you loosen and flip the the top two clamps back.

Then, with both hands grab the bail and pull the lid off, lowering the bail onto the hook directly below the tank.

The stuff on the lid never gets in the way. Air hose is always removed for lid positioning.


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