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Maisiesmom
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:43 am


that looks like lots of fun!

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:32 am


Ok bpatters. I am demanding a Nascar Racing video! Come on! We have to see!

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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:37 am


Sorry, cNp, no video camera. I'll try to do a play-by-play call the next time they do it and post it for you.

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:27 pm


No video on your camera? Darn! I would love to see that!

bpatters
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:39 pm


cNp, it is pretty funny. They come flying out of the ends of the tube like they're shot from a cannon. And they've had some pretty wild collisions when they're both headed for the entrance to the tube at the same time.

The other funny thing is when they are both in the tube at the same time going in opposite directions. Lots of fussing at each other, then one or the other will scramble out backwards. I've been watching that for clues to see if I can figure out which one is the dominant one (e.g., if the same one always backs out), but either they haven't settled that yet or the dominance issues go out the slot when they're nose to nose in the tube.

Initially I thought I might have problems with just one tube, and that one would block the other. But that idea apparently hasn't lodged in their teeny brains yet. One or the other will sit in the bottom end of the tube, but very obligingly moves when her sister comes down. I do have the materials to add another if necessary.

Ange1icflowers

Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:31 pm


Lynx-There are several downsides to using the shelving.

1. They are much heavier than the cubes. MUCH heavier.
2. I picked the 16" tall ones (no chances of jumping out or kids falling in) and it makes it harder for me to clean.
3. They are MUCH harder to cut through.
4. They cause a little "lip" that raises certain areas.
5. Some things will not attach because the shelves wind up vertical instead of horizontal (or the cube form) so it makes you have to get a little more creative.
6. Since they are heavier, they need more support.
7. Once you have the cage set up, it's VERY difficult to change.

bpatters
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:10 pm


Ange1icflowers, I'm not sure why the shelving makes it harder to clean -- seems to me that's a function of how high off the floor your cage is and how far you can reach. Also don't know what you mean about the "lip," as my coroplast fits flat against the table on the bottom, and on the shelf on the top.

I also haven't had any trouble at all attaching things "because the shelves wind up vertical." And I had the guy at Home Depot cut it, so it required no effort at all on my part.

Mine is 6' x 2'8" on the bottom, and 6'x1'4" on the top, and I didn't need any extra support. The kids (ages 7 and 10) can easily pick it up to move it when necessary, so it's not particularly heavy.

I will grant you that it wouldn't be particular easy to change, but I did a lot of research before I built it, and have no plans to change the basic configuration, ever.

I just wanted something that would be sturdy enough to survive a rambunctious, bouncing dog landing on it, or a kid crashing into not. Not that they've done that yet, or are generally allowed to behave that way, any of them, but I'm not always at home. ;-)

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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:42 pm


Man, what an awesome cage, Bpatters!! How long does it take you to clean? Just looking at it makes me not look forward to cleaning day, hah!

The boys would like for me to tell you that they'd rather be living at your house. With the cool ramp. And the girls.

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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:15 pm


Pimpimpuji, it depends on whether the kids are "helping" me or not! If they are, about 20 minutes longer than for me to do it by myself...

I think it take about 45 minutes once a week, but I've never paid that much attention to it. And I stop and play with the pigs while I'm doing it, so that slows me down. It mainly involves rolling up the fleece and shaking it outside, wiping down the coroplast, and putting the new fleece back in. All the fleece is cut to size and sewed to mattress pads, so it's just a matter of laying it down. Cleaning the tunnel and putting it back up is the single most time-consuming thing, but even that isn't bad.

Tell your boys, that while I'd be honored to meet them, my girls are not nearly old enough to date (they have to be 21!), and therefore they're not invited.

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Lynx
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Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:13 pm


Ange1icflowers, the weight of the shelving might depend on the brand you buy. Definitely not as versatile but I think safer.

Ange1icflowers

Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:28 pm


For me, being only 4'11", it doesn't matter WHAT height the cage is off of the floor, it's still hard for me to clean. Short arms and legs (where as most short people have short torsos) and the like.

Oh and I get the *smack upside the head for being stupid* award today. I cut the coroplast first of all upside down (measured the wrong way) and on the outside. So I have to get another piece of coroplast tomorrow. On the plus side, my ramp design is turning out rather nice!

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clairey

Post   » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:47 pm


bpatters, your cage looks amazing. Absolutely perfect. I love how shelving cages make it easier to have a secure lid.

Pimpinpuji

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:45 am


Bpatters, I definitely take about 45 min to 1 hour, but am always amazed at the people who take like 20 minutes. Am I just not a pro, or is there some trick I'm missing? I think sewing the towel to the batting and the fleece probably helps eh?

Ange1, I'm the same height and therefore keep the cage on the floor. Ya, it's a pain to always be bending and kneeling, but at least I can reach in! Some people on here use stools.

How do you cut coroplast upside down? I thought both sides were the same.. hm..

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Kaylee

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:09 pm


I wanted to show you my cage, but something is acting up somewhere and I could only get two decent pics on the internet! Hmpfh. Technology hates me.

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Close-up of the "living room". Yaay, crumbled piece of paper!

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The whole cage.

It's about 200x80 cm.

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codyNpatches
Supporter in '09 - '10

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:39 pm


Kaylee, what do you have that protects the bookcase from pee? I love your cage and your liners!

Ange1icflowers

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:35 pm


Well, when I "scored" the coroplast to fold it, I scored the wrong side....since my addition is going to be "L" shaped, it actually DOES make a difference.

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Kaylee

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 3:10 pm


codyNpatches, I've used one of those PVC/plastic table cloths. When I get my camera to work again, I'll show you how I made it stay put!

I might redo a few things here and there... the hay rack/water bottle holder is taking up more space than I had anticipated, and I have a few ideas of how to improve.

I think boyfriend might be a little puzzled. I was eagerly explaining to him how I wanted to redo the cage and how I wanted to decorate the sides and so on this morning. He looked at the cage, then the living room, and said "You know, the pigs got it neater, newer and cleaner than we do!"

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codyNpatches
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Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:26 pm


I do love your cage though. This is a little off topic, but what is up with the pvc thing? I was buying a shower curtain liner recently and most of them said pvc free? I want to think that it has something to do with it not breaking down after it is disposed of? Which regular plastic doesn't do well either. I am by no means saying you shouldn't use it. I am just curious about it.

Pimpinpuji

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 10:10 pm


Ange1, ohhhhh got it! Ya that must have sucked for you. Measuring and cutting coroplast was much more difficult than I expected it to be!

Ange1icflowers

Post   » Tue Feb 02, 2010 11:42 pm


It probably would be easier if I could focus without the "help" of my 3 boys (10, 5, and 2) who can't give me a moment's peace. Except when they're sleeping.

I now have a dilemma though. I did a ramp-base out of coroplast, with cubes bent over top. All attached with wire ties together. I wanted to hide the outer part of the coroplast with material but I'm not sure how to attach the material TO the coroplast THROUGH the grids. Any suggestions?

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