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Re: Low buck projects- Let's see 'em!

I think this counts as a low-buck project. I needed to replace all my old, crazed leaking ports. Beckson wanted $610 + tax + shipping for the four windows. I bought new acrylic, some 3M mounting tape, and some Dow Corning 791 and made some new ones myself for $160.

Three warnings:
1) Give yourself plenty of time. It took me almost four hours per window (although each one did go faster than the last as I got better at scraping the old silicone off, cutting the acrylic, etc.)
2) Make sure you buy enough acrylic to make one or two more ports than you need because I did have one shatter as I was cutting it out.
3) Make sure you order the black Dow Corning 791. I didn't realize it came in multiple colors until I was ready to seal my ports, and then it was too late to send it back and wait to order more.

Here's more details on my blog:

Last edited by Jetexas; 06-06-2012 at 04:58 PM.
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