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Old 23-01-2013, 09:27 PM
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someone had built it? are there recommended sizes?
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:09 PM
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will be interesting to see an actual finished product, in experience glass is not the easiest to work with, and unless really experienced will not look as accurate and pretty as the diagrams are.

All in all its an excellent design but again without this calculator it makes it 10 times more difficult than it need be, so that takes the ease factor out of it, thus leading to diagrams being as effective as an ashtray on a motorbike
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I have made at least 5 like these, i will post a few pictures later these days. Here is one recent:

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I have made at least 5 like these, i will post a few pictures later these days. Here is one recent:

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very nice indeed, well done
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Old 31-03-2013, 03:19 AM
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Any chance to buy it somwhere? I don't have enough skills to make one.
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This looks really cool, Any indication of viv size vs material cost?

I am looking to build something 4'x2'x3' to which i will add a divider to make 2 vivs of 2'x2'x3' each. Should I be looking at using the 6mm glass for such large sheets or even go to toughened glass? I am guessing that could get expensive.
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20. BOTTOM TRACK
• Measure and cut a length of bottom (shallower) profile to fit on-top “L” profile of the door strut, in the front of the viv.
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• Check that the newly cut bottom profile fits, with about a 1mm play on each side.
• Make any adjustments if required.
• Apply a bead of silicon along the centre of the front “L” profile above the door strut.

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• Carefully align the bottom track profile to the front edge of the sides.

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• Press the profile with a light, but firm pressure to bed it into the silicon.
21. Allow the silicone to cure for 4 -6 hours before trying to fit the doors.


22. DOORS
To work out the dimensions of the sliding doors, the following measurement are required to be taklen.
1. The internal width of the viv at the front.
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2. The height between the top and bottom tracks.
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3. The depth of the top track.

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• Calculating the width if the two sliding doors:
1. Divide the internal width by 2.
2. Add 5mm to the above result.
3. The final result is the width measurement for each of the two sliding doors
The 5mm added to each door, result in the overlap, when the doors are placed in the tracks.
• Calculating the height if the two sliding doors:
1. Add the depth of the top track and the height between the top and bottom tracks.
2. Subtract 2mm to the above result.
3. The final result is the height measurement for each of the two sliding doors
The 2mm deduction allows just enough clearance when lifting the doors in and out of the tracks.


23. FITTING THE DOORS
• Before fitting the doors, make sure that all the edges have been rubbed down properly.
• Pay a little more attention to the corners of each door, ensure that they are rounded off and smooth.
• Take a small block of pure bees wax and lightly rub it along the top and bottom edges of each door.
• Check that there are no obstructions in the tracks.
The doors are fitted in a sequence; this sequence is used in reverse when you want to remove the doors.
A. Hold the First door by the sides.
B. Insert the top edges into the top track channel furthest from the front.
C. Lightly push the door all the way, up into the track.
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D. Gently swing the bottom of the door over bottom track.
E. The door should just clear the bottom track.
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F. Position the door over the furthest channel in the bottom track.
G. Carefully lower the door in the channel.
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H. The door should now sit in the both the top and bottom track and slide side to side.
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Repeat the above steps to insert the other door into the channel closest to the front.
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To remove the doors, this process is followed in reverse.

24. At this stage you have a complete working viv.
25. But there are a few additions that can be made to improve the ways that the doors seal.
26. DOOR SIDE CHANNELS
27. DOOR OVERLAP GASKET
Thank you for taking the time to put such a clear and detailed assembly instructions together makes it look very simple
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:33 AM
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There's an application available for calculating different types of vivs, if you download the demo at TerraBygg and look at the default settings, that viv should be about 32x20x20 (the application measurements are in millimeters since it's european).
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Amazing guide, looks 100 times easier to build than my kids Ikea table hahaha
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