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Ferdinand's Giant Outdoor Cage Step 3: Cutting and mitering and fitting, Oh My!

Posted 08-09-2014 at 08:25 PM by Lathis
Updated 08-09-2014 at 09:14 PM by Lathis

First, measure out everything to make sure you have enough material. Then, realize you don't and return to Step 2.

Cut your first short and long piece. Now use these pieces to measure all the other pieces for consistency.

Because I used an L-shaped piece of PVC (and because Ferdinand is fancy like that), I decided to miter the corners. If you use flat stock, you can square the corners.

To miter the corners, place the piece in your miter box, clamp...
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Ferdinand's Giant Outdoor Cage Step 2: Shopping!

Posted 08-09-2014 at 08:22 PM by Lathis
Updated 08-09-2014 at 08:37 PM by Lathis

I don't have a workshop or power tools, so everything needed to be something that I could do by hand in my half of the garage.

Tools you will need:

1. Screwdrivers (not shown)
2. Miter box and saw
3. Sanding block (not shown)
4. 1" Machine screws and 1/2" self-tapping screws (not shown)
5. Staple gun and 1/2" staples
6. Tape measure
7. Nippers or heavy duty scissors
8. Frothy libation of your choice...
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Ferdinand's Giant Outdoor Cage - Step 1: Formulate a Plan

Posted 08-09-2014 at 08:00 PM by Lathis
Updated 08-09-2014 at 08:22 PM by Lathis

First things first - you need a plan. I sat down and listed what I wanted for an outdoor cage:

1. Collapsible without unscrewing anything.
2. Very light weight and easily moveable.
3. Weather resistant and maintenance free.
4. HUGE! With easy interior access.
5. Secure from birds and escape.
6. Self-supporting.
7. Sufficient for all-day but not overnight use.

Then, I made a list of everything I would need:
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Ferdinand's Giant Outdoor Cage

Posted 08-09-2014 at 07:19 PM by Lathis
Updated 08-09-2014 at 08:21 PM by Lathis

In my ongoing efforts to make Ferdinand the most spoiled chameleon in the history of chameleons, I decided that his outdoor enclosure was not nearly posh enough. This is my first blog post here, so I thought I would walk through the steps of Ferd's GOC. Here we go...


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Step 1: Formulate a Plan
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How to create an automated dripper.

Posted 07-23-2014 at 11:44 AM by Devokid

I have posted a few times recommending that chameleon owners set up an automated dripper for their chameleons so that they have access to plenty of water when you are not at home. I know pain of trying to dial in the gravity fed drippers, like the little dripper, and promise that this works infinitely better.

Supplies:
1) Tom's Aqua Lifter pump, or similar
2) Reservoir of some kind. (2 Liter bottle, 5 gal bucket w/ lid, etc.)
3) 1/4" drinking water tubing....
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