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Posted by sideman7 on May 02, 2003 at 16:06:12:
In Reply to: Sunning cage questions for bigtattoo or others!! posted by stephiesoo on May 02, 2003 at 15:14:44:
I made one of these cages from those instructions, and there are a few things I can add. First, I was able to buy everything at Home Depot (the mesh was in 3'x6' rolls). I think it cost just over $100 for materials. You must find coated metal mesh, otherwise the igs will tear themselves apart... If you live in an area with intense sunshine, make sure you buy UV resistant zip ties (the black ones). I have about 500 of them on my cage, and they started falling apart after one season (but to be fair, the sun is also turning the PVC pipe brown...). This is the beginning of the third season, and I am now replacing ALL of the old ties that were left with the UV because they were so brittle they would fall apart if you just touched them. Also, I didn't have much luck with the door latching mechanism them mentioned. Instead, I bought three sets of hook and eye screws, drilled small holes in the PVC pipe, and latch the door that way. Much more secure, and easier to operate.
One last thing... They claimed this could be built in an afternoon... I don't think so. It took me a week- and that was after I had already cut the PVC pipe in the store (the 10 ft. sections wouldn't fit in my car). Like I said, mine had over 500 zip ties. So, unless you are some kind of speed demon installing and cutting these, it will take some time to put together.
:Okay a while back Bigtattoo posted a link to a sunning cage at www.geocities.com/RainForest/9008/pvccage.html it looks like a really great cage. It was supposed to cost about $60 to make and I realize this depends on where you get the supplies. We priced the supplies here and it ran about $100 and I don't think that was including everything! Well we want to make the cages as cost efficient as possible hecause we are building three of them for iguanas ranging from 2 1/2 foot to 4 1/2 feet. We want them to be able to last!!! We are going to be going to St Joe or KC to Lowe's and Sutherland's to check out prices and I wanted as many ideas as possible before then. We already know all the PVC pipes and stuff are cheaper there.
:1) Bigtattoo if you answer where did you get your supplies??
:2) What is the biggest openings in the hardware cloth/mesh etc that would be safe?
:3) What gauge would be best to make it sturdy enough but able to stretch to fit tight?
:4) I haven't been able to find green coated chicken mesh at all the only I've found around here is the basic chicken mesh that has sharp edges OUCH!! Any other ideas?
:5) If anyone else has any ideas for cheap to make sunning cages let me know. Since we are building three and are only able to use them for 4-6 months out of the year depending on weather we don't want them to cost too much. We already went all out on their indoor cages and they aren't something we can use outdoors!!
:Help, help help!! Let me know as soon as possible so we can get them done to get sunlight as soon as possible and THANKS ahead of time!