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DIY overflow Pico style

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  1. #1
    Lynxer - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Feb 2012

    Default DIY overflow Pico style

    Heres a short tutorial on how i made an overflow for my new 4.9g pico.

    Step 1:

    Gather supplies:
    A peice of ABS or acrylic the size you need.(in this build 8" x 8.5")
    Heat Gun
    Router with 1/4" straight bit and 45 degree V groove bit
    Tape Measure

    Img 120229202708 - DIY overflow Pico style

    Step 2:

    Mark your dimensions. (in this build 2-1/4" in from each end a line was made)
    Set your router up with the V groove bit and run your groove along these lines:

    Img 120229203739 - DIY overflow Pico style

    Step 3:

    Mark your teeth. Since the bit is 1/4" you will want 1/4" gaps between each tooth.
    This doesnt always work with your dimensions so you will have to play with it.

    Set your router up with the 1/4" straight bit. Its best to have the bit quite exposed its
    less likely to chip the plastic.

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    Using a straight edge and a board with some clamps as a backstop for depth you can
    get the teeth very uniform in depth.

    Img 120229212402 - DIY overflow Pico style

    Step 4:

    Get your heat gun out. This is were the V grooves come in. Heat slowly on both
    sides of the V groove until it is soft enough to fold over. The groove with give
    you a straight even bend. Use a straight edge to get a 90 degree angle.

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    Step 5:

    Repeat Step 4 on the other V groove.

    Img 120229213732 - DIY overflow Pico style

    Step 6:

    Paint with Krylon Fusion and Enjoy the finished product!!

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  2. #2
    Badfish - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Grand Rapids
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    Thanks for the great write up.

  3. #3
    WillBattle - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Ann Arbor
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    Awesome DIY writeup, thanks!

    Sent from my PH44100 using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Lynxer - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Feb 2012


    Thanks guys!

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