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DDReptiles
02-14-2007, 09:53 PM
Well I thought it turned out ok, until I talked to Haroldo and he was right, the acrylic I made the front panal out of, just warped within the first 2 days; I was amazed how fast it did it with just misting the cage once a day.

So still have to try and find a design that will work and hold up to the humidity.

Anyways just thought I'd show it off, I made 2 of these in hopes of using them for my Bavayia but I am sure this cage would work for juvie rhacs as well.

Before it warped:

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a167/DDReptiles/IMG_1508.jpg
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a167/DDReptiles/IMG_1509.jpg

Thanks Derek

strikedistance
02-14-2007, 10:43 PM
If it were up to me i would take of the top piece of glass and cut out about 1/3 of it in the middle and attach screen to the two halfs and then attach it back to the cage.

DDReptiles
02-15-2007, 07:38 AM
I tried to cut out a square out of the top on a scrap piece of glass but that didn't work :?

strikedistance
02-15-2007, 01:51 PM
Dont cut off a square. Detatch the whole side and take like a whole section out of the side and replace it attached together with screen in the middle. Make the screen go across the whole side.

rtreptiles
02-15-2007, 04:06 PM
Here is a similiar idea that I tried out and it seemed to work although I haven't tested it with animals yet. I took a 10 gallon aquarium and I used a glass cutter and a guide (can be any size (1-3" probably best)- just something that would move you away from the plastic trim) to cut out a piece of glass on the end. After I went across it with the glass cutter, I broke the glass (by tapping on it like your suppose to). Then I took a razer blade and removed the silicone that is attached to the glass that I was planning on removing. It worked well. If I plan to use this type of cage (I don't have any animals that it would work for it now), I would probably silicone 1/8" or 1/4" screen to the top as demostrated in second photo (screen not cut to size or siliconed in place - just for show).

http://rtreptiles.com/images/10gnosc.JPG

http://rtreptiles.com/images/10gsc.JPG

Protean
02-17-2007, 06:05 AM
actually, tapping doesn't get a very even line across the score. It tends to chip it and cause uneven breaks. Best method is to remove the piece of glass in question. Then, with even force, snap it across a straight flat edge (edge or a table or work bench).

Just be careful when cutting glass over 3 mm thick (1/8 inch). I use 1/8 (3mm), 3/16 (5 mm) and 1/4 (6 mm). the latter two are incredibly difficult to break evenly without a break bar or strong clamps.

Cheers
Jason P