The two aquarium manufactures I am dealing with will not cut them down like the owner originally said they would when I opened the accounts. I am guessing they are getting the glass somewhere else already cut to their specks. I am also having problems getting them agree to leave the plastic tops and bottoms off of the glass – they say their insurance companies would not let them do that for liability reasons. The glass is not very thick so it is very brittle without the top and bottom rings on it.
The good news is that I have found a glass shop in North Downtown Topeka that says they have the equipment to cut down the glass if I can get the tops and bottoms off without damaging it “they think”. They say to I should be able to remove the tops and bottoms by using acetone or paint stripper. I have one tank and I will see if this will work.
In the meantime my wife and I are going to take a 2 week trip to out Oregon and then down California very soon to “dig” through the two aquarium companies dumpsters to try to get address off of their shipping box’s and paperwork that they throw away. If they are using paper shredders you just have to put the paper back together like a puzzle if it is strip cut and most of the time the strip cut paper is still stuck together in a 8x11 bundle – plus most companies bag their paper in plastic trash bags all together and that helps to protect it from getting wet – you have to thank them for that because I hate putting together smelly coffee stained and wet strip cut paper! This works very well unless they use a cross cut paper shredder – if they do that salvaging destroyed paperwork is out the window and the information can not be gotten as easily – but the box labels are always left alone!
I can just see some of the venders locking up their dumpster lids now and buying cross cut paper shredders and un-bagging the cross cut shred before tossing in the dumpster and tossing the coffee on them after that then locking the dumpster lids back down! All that because you can’t cut the lock because that would be breaking and entering!
I just got back from Nebraska for the last time; it’s a good thing I have already spent the last 3 years going up there! lol
YES this is very legal to do because trash is public domain unless they have a “no trespassing sign nailed up”, or the dumpster is behind a closed fence or yard, or the lid is locked down but then they have to catch you in the act and 99.5% of the time you are just asked to leave by the cops…
Now you know some of my tricks!
Don’t worry guys; I will get this figured out even if I have to dismantle the round glass table top aquariums myself! Getting this part is not a business opportunity for me and I’m not out to make a BIG profit by doing this. I am doing this for US the members of www.oldgas.com
who own tall visible gas pumps who need this part very badly and can not afford to spend 400.00-900.00 on real glass or even 295.00 on plastic for our Fry Pumps!!!
Travis E. Towle