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May 5th, 2011, 07:37 PM
Does anyone know where I can get those foam tank holders custom made? I am looking for a system I can attach to a board for when I transport them in my car or truck. They need to be able to hold to E8-130's and at a minnimum my 40 cu ft pony. It would be cool if it could also hold my new 40 cu ft oxygen bottle also.
May 6th, 2011, 01:11 PM
It would be cool if it could also hold my new 40 cu ft oxygen bottle also.
If you find out a place that will make them for you, post it here cause that sounds like a sweet setup. :)
I think if you look in the DIY section, there was a guy who makes something similar but out of plywood. He had a CNC machine that cut out the pieces. It was like a big jigsaw puzzle that you could break down flat.
May 6th, 2011, 02:02 PM
How about a pool noodle, some rope and a dowel rod?
cut noodle to length, notch at two points, insert rope loop insert dowel cut to same length...
May 6th, 2011, 03:06 PM
Are you talking about the ones that have a length of foam connected by rope like this?
The pool noodles and rope will work fine, it's the same foam.
If you are talking about the foam blocks with semi-circular notches cut into them that the tanks cradle in like this:
almost any packaging supplier (look for foam fabricators or foam packaging in your area) should be able to get you that material (ask for polyethylene plank or Ethafoam). Cuts nicely on a band saw or with an electric carving knife. They may also have some 4" thick cross-linked polyetylene blocks they can sell you. Heavier duty foam and does not cut as easily (band saw would be best), but will last forever.
If you need a hundred of them, let me know :D I can probably help you out.
May 6th, 2011, 09:31 PM
there is black 1-2 inch think foam that comes in sheets (4x8 feet) you could make some pretty sick holders with it and a cheap foam cutting devise (hot knife, wire hooked up to a battery, hand saw, jig saw, circular saw(something that cuts)).
Oh yeah oh yeah, everything can be bought at lowes, home depot, or you local hardware store...
May 7th, 2011, 02:00 PM
I just made the rope one. Instead of just running the rope through the noodle i bought a 1/2" PVC pipe and ran it through the noodle for extra support then put PVC "T"'s on the ends of the pipe. Then I ran the clothesline through the pipe. Seems to work pretty good.
May 7th, 2011, 05:15 PM
I made a nice tank holder out of pool noodles, but rarely use it.
It doesn't really do any better than throwing the tanks into the trunk, and then tossing a couple of lead weights up against the tanks as chocks.
May 7th, 2011, 05:55 PM
I made mine with 2" PVC pipe and rope....had all the parts left from some work I did in the basement...so it became scuba gear....
May 17th, 2011, 01:23 PM
I 2nd the 2" PVC pipe, that works great!