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Posted by oldherper on April 26, 2003 at 16:22:37:
In Reply to: Flexwatt on a 2'x2'x18" melamine cage posted by Otter on April 26, 2003 at 15:38:26:
I've never tried to heat through Melamine with it, so I don't know how well that would do. I know it will easily heat through 1/4 inch thick masonite or pegboard.
I use it to heat my rack systems, but I just tape it to the top surfaces of each shelf and cover it with aluminum foil tape.
::I don't think I'd staple FlexWatt. That's asking for a shock hazard.
:I usually tack up the ends and use tape along the sides, stapling was just a convenient word to use...
::I think if it's a temporary housing solution, I'd just use a human heating pad under one end.
:It's not exactly a temporary housing solution. I plan to build her a series of cages until she's full grown. I want to make sure she's never stuck inside something too big or small for her size.
:Once she moves out it will likely hold one of my hog island boas, who is just a baby right now.
:So I need a permanent solution.
:I've used flexwatt to heat my racks, but then it is against the back of a plastic box. I really need to know if it heats through melamine, or if it's best to put it behind something thinner, like the hardboard.
:Another idea I had is to put the flexwatt in the cage with something like laminate or linoleum flooring put over the top.