Float Tank Plans
Insulate & Cover
Cost for this step: $245
Cost so far: $2,330
(4) sheets of 5mm plywood
(1) Bag of 24″x 48″ , 10″ thick attic insulation. R-30
Owens Corning EcoTouch 24″W x 48″L R30 Fiberglass Insulation for Attics (BF71)
Staple gun and staples
Apollo Precision Tools DT0740 Staple Gun with Staples
Holesaw bit and 4″ Tom-Kap. Sewer cap thing.
1. Start by stuffing all the nooks and crannies with insulation. Remember, you can’t over-insulate. It will only help the tank be more efficient.
Start stapling all of the insulation in place.
You’ll have to thin the insulation a bit to go over the manhole.
2. Sadly I did not do good instruction on this part. So I’ve done videos and I’m hoping it makes sense. You’re insulating all the air space and slapping on the plywood to cover it.
Start with one sheet over the middle… It’s going to take a lot of screws to keep a nice looking edge. Just get it all pinned in place then start spraying the whole sheet of wood with water, it will settle and take shape.
Once it does take shape pin it down on the back. It’s gonna have about a foot of extra wood sticking down. Don’t worry we’ll cut it off later.
Now it’s time to cut the two smaller side pieces. You’ll want to overlap the pieces on the sides like this pic. Maybe an inch or so. Same process nail the front edge in place, and water the wood down. Once it takes shape pin the back down.
Once the three big top pieces are in place and screwed down. Go to the back of the tank and take a marker and draw a line where you will cut off all the extra wood sticking down. Cut if off!
3. Time for the bottom. On to the bottom parts just cut them to fit and put them in place. See video below, hope it helps? lol
I don’t have pictures sadly, but I just kept my LED lights on the roll and slid it under my tank. I then pinned it in place with insulation. That’s why you see the glowing circle in my tank, it’s just that roll of lights.
NOTE: Make sure to get that remote pickup out of the cover so you can adjust the lights.
This is a video on how I took the board over the pipe on the back.
Sorry for the missing pics… Hopefully you get the idea and can make this work.
4. Put in an air vent. You’ll find this 4″ vent in the big PVC pipe section. I’m not sure what it is but I think its for pipe capping.
Buy a holesaw bit that will fit this piece perfectly.
Start by drilling the hole. I did mine from the inside so it would be in the perfect spot.
Silicone up the piece and slide it in place from the outside.
Here’s what it should look like finished.
That’s it! You should be all covered and have your air vent.
The tank should take about a day to heat up now. Keep the tank closed, it will help heat faster.
Time to float! Might want to prep the room first.