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Old January 3rd, 2014, 09:40 PM
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Can anybody put up pictures or explain how their condensate pan (or v channels ) are built and mounted to the top of the pan or hood. I have a idea how to do it with SS threaded rod and flat stock but would like to see a few options first .
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Old January 3rd, 2014, 11:03 PM
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I never had any luck with a solid tray because it blocked all the hat water vapor/steam from getting to the pipes. whatever you use as far as hardware use SS because hot water rust stains are hard to get off SS. Jim and I came up with a pretty sweet tray but its designed with a certain pipe width. Do you had the ability to bend sheet metal?
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Yeah I can use a hvac shop after hours. I was thinking of bending up 5- 6" lengths into a v and running them under my 5 cross flows. Just not sure how connect them at the ends and then also hold the whole works up.
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V channels are OK but if you have use of a spot welder then think about modified Vs with a small flat bottom about 3/8 so the spot welder will fit so you can attach to the gutter. Make the catch Vs with hemmed edges for strength. Make the gutter the same way but don't hem one edge keep it so you can spot weld all the gutters to it. You want the low side of the tubes to be over the gutter so all dripping are caught. You want to also do the same on both ends for strength. You will also want to enclose the ends of the low end to attach plumbing to it to drain outside the hood.
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What would be wrong with using aluminum sheet and pop rivets??? Leader offers hoods made if aluminum?? So I would amagin that the Vs are aluminum as well. Just rivet the hangers on and done.. Very simple..
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Old January 4th, 2014, 10:26 AM
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I agree with JPM you can do aluminum or SS and still poprivit it. I would take my time and get comfortable with the metal brake and have fun.
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I can buy a 3'x8' sheet on 26ga aluminum for around 40$ you can make a lot of drip trays with that lol. This is the stuff I build my entire hood out of and it held up great so far 3yrs later still like new.
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This is what a sheet of aluminum with pop rivets gets you. best hood for the money.
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