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Posted by fryguy28 on April 11, 2003 at 09:45:49:
In Reply to: Re: What's With You People???? posted by ndnfeather on April 10, 2003 at 23:06:52:
So, how many wood screws do you use and what's the cost of those? What's the cost on the stain and sealant?? How about a brush for those? Oh and don't forget thinner or minearl spirits to clean those brushes! Water based stains and sealants are another story. Now let's talk about tools. Are you going to drill the holes before you drive the screws in so you don't crack that tiny 1x2 piece of wood? If so, what did you pay for your drill and your drill bits? What did you pay for your screwdriver? Are you using power tools or hand tools? What did you pay for the stapler and staples? What are you using to measure and cut your wood? Now I'm not looking for answers to these question because I already I know. I build cages. The point is you can buy CHEAP materials and buy CHEAP tools and your product will reflect. Do you really want to give these animals that you're caring for the bare minimum OR do you want to provide them something you wouldn't be embarrased to show your "peers" in the Chameleon world? If anyone would like advice or ideas on cage building I would be more than happy to assist. I've built very nice cages for Rudis Chameleons for about $40.00 in materials (still cheaper than a comparable Reptarium). By the way, did you know that crickets can eat through a Reptarium? Then again I've also built some very large cages to the tune of about $150.00 in materials. I can give you a list of materials and quantities used. I've also got some pictures if anyone is interested. E-mail me offline. I'm not saying that any one way or design is better, I just don't think that a cage for "10 bucks" is feasable. In fact, it's impossible.
:pet screen 10.00 dollars.
:six foot lengths of one by two's 1.00 dollar each
:figure out the demensions you need to figure out how many lengths you need.
:then just get wood screws and staples as needed
:and a small can of water base wood stain and sealant.