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Old 10/09/2019, 10:43 PM   #1
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In wall access door material

My inwall tank size does not meet the minimum for this forum (120 gallon) but I know some in here would have some information that may help.

I'm looking to do some very basic trim around the bottom of the tank and sides. The top part would be an access door. I'm thinking of just one piece of board with no trim on the sides as I think it would distract from the tank itself. Or is it because I don't have the skills for finish work...LOL. I would probably have a piano hinge on the top of the access door.

Question is what kind of wood would be best to do this?. Something that will not warp from the heat and moisture. It dose not have to be wood as long as there will be no warping over time. Something lite like like vinyl would be nice as well but I would think it would have to be a bit too thick for it not to warp. Or perhaps I can reinforce the inside of the door with 1"x2"'s to give it some rigidity? This piece would be approximately 53" x about 14"

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Old 10/10/2019, 02:49 PM   #2
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I used access doors that flush mount and hung pictures over them

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Old 10/12/2019, 03:39 PM   #3
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A vented full size door cut and fitted it was I used. It helped keep things cool. Sorry I don't have pics

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Old 10/12/2019, 03:40 PM   #4
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MDO - Iron on some edging, the whole piece will finish up as smooth as the wall material. 1/2 inch would be my choice.

I'd likely use small magnets to hold it in place. Larger magnets to take it off. No hinge.


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Old 10/16/2019, 06:23 PM   #6
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Looks awesome!!!!

I had an in wall years ago and I just used normal baseboard trim cut at 45ís at the corners. It worked well for me

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