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How to Build a PVC Cage

~This cage was designed by Just For Fuzzies and was created for personal use ONLY, not to be used for profit.~

Building a PVC cage is easy, saves money, AND gives you the flexibilty to make a cage the exact size you want. :)

These instructions are for a cage that will be 5' tall x 3' wide x 2' deep(now also available in 6'!). I also added a neat little feature called a "Food Door" that will allow you to slide in food dishes(or other things) without having escapees or loving, albiet painful, facehugs, lol.

What you'll need:

*36- 90-Degree Elbows(1/2")

*3 Cross Connectors(1/2")

*20 T Connectors(1/2")
(24 for cage w/ stand)

*1,000 Small Zip-Ties(4")

*200 Large Zip-Ties(8")

*37- 2 1/2"x1/4" Bolts(Stainless Steel)***
(49 for cage w/ stand)

*37- 1/4" Nuts
(49 for cage w/ stand)

*6- 1 1/2" Bolts(Stainless Steel)

*37- 1/4" Washers(Stainless Steel)***
(49 for cage w/ stand)

*13- 10' PVC Pipes
(14 for cage w/ stand)

*2- 15' Rolls of Hardware Net

*1 Handle(4 if you want them for the doors as well)

*3- 1 1/2" Hook and Eye Latches

***These items are optional. Check step #7 for more details.

 

STEP #1) Choose the cage size you want to build.

2'x3'x5' Cage Instructions 2'x3'x6' Cage Instructions
With stand: With stand:

STEP #2) Cut all the PVC into the correctly-sized pieces for your cage size.
(For cage w/ stand: cut an additional 4 pieces of PVC no less then 2" long. You can make them longer if you'd like a taller stand, but be sure to cut them all exactly the same length. These pieces will be the "legs" for the cage.)

STEP #3) Put all the PVC pieces together according to the instructions for your cage size.
(For cage w/ stand: There will be an additional piece: the drop tray.)

Front

Back

Sides

Doors

 

Top/Bottom

STEP #4) Put all of the panels together to make sure that all of the pieces are put together correctly and fix any errors BEFORE putting on the hardware cloth. You can use some large zip-ties to hold the pieces together temporarily ro simply have someone help you hold up the pieces to check the alignment. The center bars should line up on the front/back and side panels(you will need to lift up the front panel about an inch and a half to leave room to slide the bottom panel underneath). Also, the sides go in-between the front/back panel, NOT on the outside of them.
(For cage w/ stand: The front and back panel will be the same height. The bottom panel should fit perfectly inside the bottom of cage.)

STEP #5) After making sure all of the pieces are cut correctly, cut out all of the hardware net to fit each panel.

STEP #6) Zip-tie the hardware net to each panel using the small zip-ties.* Place 1 zip-tie every 3rd or 4th square. Using pliers to tighten the zip-ties will help to save your fingers from blisters. ;) Use the large zip-ties to secure the hardware net where the connectors are.

*Which side you prefer to put the hardware cloth on is personal preference. I put mine on the inside so you won't see the seems once the cage is complete.

~Pictures coming soon...~

STEP #7) Once again put all of the panels together, using large zip-ties to secure them in place. At this point you can choose to either leave the panels together using only the zip-ties or you can follow steps #8 and #9 and use bolts to secure the pieces together.

STEP #8(OPTIONAL)) Using a drill, drill 1/4" holes in each of the panels where the bolts will go. Be careful not to drill the holes too close to the side where the net is or the washer will not fit! Put the holes where each of the red dots are in the picture below(you can drill more/less holes as you see fit).

Regular Cage:
Cage w/ Stand:

STEP #9(OPTIONAL)) Insert bolts into the holes you've just drilled and secure them in place using the washers and nuts.

*The cage in the picture does not have hardware net on it yet.

STEP #10) Drill holes in the top and bottom corners of one side of each of the large doors, 1 1/4" from the end of each corner. Drill similar holes in the food door, but drill the holes in the 2 top corners rather then the 2 side corners. Only drill through the outer layer of the PVS, NOT through boths sides. The mark the front panel accordingly and dril holes all the way through the PVC so the bolts will go completely through the PVC on the front panel and halfway into the PVC on the doors.

STEP #11) Place bolts through the holes in the front panel, once through the PVC, place a nut on each bolt and then while twisting on the nut, line up the doors so that the end of the bolts(coming through the other side of the nut) will go into the holes on the doors. If there is more space on the top of the large doors then on the bottom, the use washers to even out the gaps.

Here is what the doors should look like once the bolts/nuts are in place:

Large Door

Food Door

Adding Washers to even gaps

*The cage in the pictures does not have hardware net on it yet.

STEP #12) Put handle on pull-out tray(line up the handle and drill holes accordingly).

*The cage in the pictures does not have hardware net on it yet.

STEP #13) Put on latches and eyes(line up the hooks/eyes and drill holes accordingly).

*The cage in the picture does not have hardware net on it yet.

STEP #14) Pimp out your awesome new cage and watch your gliders have a fun time exploring their huge new home! :D

~I recommend washing off your cage BEFORE letting your gliders in it for the first time, just to make sure there is no residue or anything on the PVC/net from being in the store.~

 

Enjoy your new cage and be sure to send me pics of it once your done! :)

If you have any trouble figuring something out, feel free to email me and I'll help you out. ;)

A HUGE thank-you to Beadgirlali's(on Glider Gossip) hubby for being a genius and modifying the cage with a stand so a better drop-tray could be created! Here's a picture of the cage he designed so you guys can see what it looks like:

*Click to Enlarge*

 

~This cage was designed by Just For Fuzzies and was created for personal use ONLY, not to be used for profit.~

 

 

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