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    I am setting up a new gecko tank and have ordered a number of different items. One being an ultratherm mat. At the time I ordered it, I did not know I had to also have polystyrene insulation (per instructions that came with the mat). I headed to Lowes to purchase it, and it is only sold there in 4 x 8 FOOT sheets. I only need a 11 x 11 INCH Piece. Does anyone know where I can purchase this item? I only have a Lowes in my town, so, I will probably need to purchase it via online. My new tank set up is on hold until I can find this.

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    I work for a Lowe's in New Jersey, specifically in the lumber and building materials department (I handle the polystyrene sheets). All day long I negotiate prices with customers on damaged wood, sheet rock and foam board. Find a sheet of the polystyrene with a damaged corner or just beat up(they come in off the truck damaged every week), depending on how bad it looks you can haggle the price down to a dollar for the whole thing. At my lowes we also have a clearance section just for my department that is full scraps left over from when other customers ask us to cut a 4x8 sheet down to a certain size, we sell the scrap pieces for a dollar (scraps usually being 2x4 feet or bigger). And every employee is different so ask a few people there to get the best price.
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    Thank you for that suggestion! I will go down another time and try to find another worker. The one that assisted me today, did not offer me any alternatives when I told him the size I needed. Thanks again!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jujubee22 View Post
    I am setting up a new gecko tank and have ordered a number of different items. One being an ultratherm mat. At the time I ordered it, I did not know I had to also have polystyrene insulation (per instructions that came with the mat). I headed to Lowes to purchase it, and it is only sold there in 4 x 8 FOOT sheets. I only need a 11 x 11 INCH Piece. Does anyone know where I can purchase this item? I only have a Lowes in my town, so, I will probably need to purchase it via online. My new tank set up is on hold until I can find this.
    Jujubee22 ~

    I just e-mailed the Bean Farm about your question regarding Ultratherm heat mats & polystyrene. This is their reply:

    "You don't; we never do. That (those instructions) was written by the Europeans. Just put it under the tank and plug it in."
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    Thanks for thinking to email them. I just assumed the instructions would be what should be done! Guess I could have set it up today after all. Thanks Elizabeth!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jujubee22 View Post
    Thanks for thinking to email them. I just assumed the instructions would be what should be done! Guess I could have set it up today after all. Thanks Elizabeth!
    You are welcome. Tomorrow (or tonight) will be fine for the enclosure set up too.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Jujubee22 ~

    Make sure you have ventilation of about 1/2 inch between the enclosure and the stand/shelf. Some stands support just around an enclosure's periphery, whereas other locations are shelf-like. Does that make sense?

    Some UTHs come with "sticky feet" to raise an enclosure off a shelf; Zoo Med's do. However, I'd get the Ultratherms which can be reused.

    The Exo Terra enclosures I've seen seem to be constructed with that "elevation" in mind.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Hi Elizabeth!

    Yes, that did make sense. My set up is located on a shelf, but will be raised about an inch above the shelf. I cut wood blocks the length of the sides that the tank will rest on. It is secure.

    Since the mat is not sticky like the Zoo Med's, does it matter what kind of tape I use to affix it? The directions just said to tape it. I have an assortment of different tapes.............would electrical be the best?

    I am planning to start putting everything together when I get home from work tonight. Can't wait !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jujubee22 View Post
    Hi Elizabeth!

    Yes, that did make sense. My set up is located on a shelf, but will be raised about an inch above the shelf. I cut wood blocks the length of the sides that the tank will rest on. It is secure.

    Since the mat is not sticky like the Zoo Med's, does it matter what kind of tape I use to affix it? The directions just said to tape it. I have an assortment of different tapes.............would electrical be the best?

    I am planning to start putting everything together when I get home from work tonight. Can't wait !!
    Have you a wooden support down the center of the tank too? (Just so much easier to do this now.)

    You want a heat resistant aluminum-type tape for attaching your Ultratherm heat mat to the tank. Check out a hardware store.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)
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    Thanks for the tape type I should use. I will pick some of that up today. I do not have a support for the center of the tank. It's a 20 gallon long, so, the extra support is a really good idea.....I will do that! I appreciate your input and advice.
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