Stand Design

The stand design was drawn by Robert Wright, a reefer in South Florida who is a structural engineer.  The legs and crossbeams are 2 1/2″ x 3/16″ with 3 1/2″ x 3″ angle forming the top.  

Leveling feet are tapped into a plate welded across the bottom of each leg.

Back from the Sandblaster

Just got the tank stand back from the sandblaster.  Nice and clean, ready to paint.  It is very critical to keep it dry after they blast it with aluminum oxide to remove all of the scale and rust. Even the slightest amount of moisture will start it rusting.  It was the perfect day to do the job with the humidity only at 35%, very unusual for Florida.

The Stand Completed

 

SITE PREP

There was some drywall work to be done before the stand was placed.  Not shown are some holes in the wall to accommodate a pair of Vortec MP-60s.  There will be holes in the back side of the wall in a pantry area to allow access to the Vortecs.

 

 

 

 

PAINT

The stand was brush painted with Sherwin Williams MacroPoxy 2-part epoxy paint. It was very thick and difficult to apply smoothly.  It took two coats to cover the bare metal.  Next, a piece of 3/4″ plywood was cut to size and holes drilled for the 1 1/2″ drains and 1″ returns.

The wood was then coated with a coat of epoxy for waterproofing.

 

 

 

A piece of 3/4″ foam insulation was cut, similar to the plywood. This will be placed directly under the tank to provide a surface that will conform to irregularities.

 

 

MOVING THE STAND

I recruited a group of friends to help move the stand after a nearby ORCA club meeting.  Pictured are Rick Loewen (me), Iggy Galarza, Mike Martin, Terry Alexander, James Goodyear and Al Schriber.  The stand weights about 350 lbs., It easily took all of us to move the stand.

In the front door we come.

 

 

 

 

The stand is now in place. Note the leveling feet.  They are industrial leveling feet with 1/2″ thread and a 2″ swivel pad.