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Testing for Leaks

Posted By: Mr Leadfoot <leadfoot@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Monday, 4 November 2002, at 7:33 p.m.

I have a brand-new All-Glass 75. Should I test it for leaks? If so, I'd like to do it now, since the tank was obtained last week, and I'm probably not going to have it up for another couple of months. So, if it is leaking, I can get it replaced quickly close to the time I bought it, you know what I mean?

If I should test it, how would I do that? I heard you're not supposed to just set the tank on cement and fill, as I would outside in the back of my house on the cement surrounding my pool. Someone told me I should set it on styrofoam, which would allow the tank to level itself when filling with water.

I buy that, but wouldn't the styrofoam simply be crushed by the sheer weight? Or, is it ok that it crushes, cause that's the whole point, and it will only crush where it needs to to become level?

What kind of styrofoam? Any kind? And, do I just cut some pieces to fit the frame and not the entire bottom of the tank? I would think that would be right, cause I really don't want anything under the glass. Is that right?

Oh, and what if the cement isn't exactly level? My pool decking cement is actually "aggregate", and not a smooth finished texture. It's like a whole bunch of rocks graded onto cement.

I thought of my garage floor, but like most garages, the floor is sloped ever so slightly toward the garage doors to accomodate for water run-off.

Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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