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Old 04-13-2007, 02:57 PM
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For those of you who have installed the M260 tank in the bilge, what have you found to be the best (read, least likely to be screwed up by me) method to cut the tank?

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Old 04-13-2007, 03:11 PM
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I even did not cut it. The angle that the tank came with was approximately same as the hull angel where I installed it (more or less within 5 degree). If I need to cut it the best is to follow the manual direction. It says do not cut the short side at all. Use a jig saw, or carpenter saw to cut along the line that you draw after leveling the tank.
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Old 04-13-2007, 07:36 PM
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I used a hacksaw. I wasn't real thrilled at the prospect, but it was all I had at the time....I was doing it in a hot boat yard in SW Fla, in August, with no access to power. It actually turned out OK with the help of sandpaper. I don't mind tellin' you I was scared to death. Plus trying to get it sealed before the always-present summer afternoon rain. I thought the harder part was extending/transferring the line from the flat surface to the curved (on the tank.) It was one of those days where you turn your hat backwards and grit your teeth, if you know what I mean.
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:36 PM
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Didnt have much to take off so I used a dremel.

With plenty of silicone...it's a fairly forgiving process.
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:02 PM
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stvjohnsn - 4/13/2007 8:36 PM Didnt have much to take off so I used a dremel. With plenty of silicone...it's a fairly forgiving process.
Ditto on the silicone part being forgiving.

I also went in very concerned about the whole thing and I stillbotched it up. Luckily the tank is fairly tall and I had enough room to make a second cut without getting too shallow.

Transferring the line was easy enough but the first cut I did with a band saw. You would think this makes sense and maybe it does to someone with skills on the darn thing but once you extend that blade guard high enough to clear the block the blade has room to wander and wander it did.

The second cut was with a table saw with the blade set to cut as deep as possible. By far the best choice. Cut 80% of the way through as clean as can be and I finished the cut with a fine toothed hand saw. Dressed it up with a file and sandpaper which again was overkill since the silicone fills the voids. I also sanded the last 1/2" up the outside and inside to give the silicone something to "bite" into as it oozed around the edges.

No issues and works great over a yearlater.
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Old 04-14-2007, 09:32 AM
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For the uninitiated like me, what's the tank made of...fiberglass, PVC?
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