|Connect the grids to form the perimeter of the cage. |
Some brands are harder to snap into the connectors than others. You may also want a pair of pliers or a rubber mallet to help complete some connections.
Grids and Connectors needed:
2 x 3 grid cage (10 grids/20 connectors)
2 x 4 grid cage (12 grids/24 connectors)
2 x 5 grid cage (14 grids/28 connectors)
2 x 6 grid cage (16 grids/32 connectors)
|Measure the length and width of the inside of the enclosure|
| ||See the see yellow lines in the photo. Remember to allow space for the connectors (measure from the inner edge of the connectors). The box will sit inside them. |
With 14" grids, the measurements should be:
41" x 27" for a 2 x 3 grid cage
56" x 27" for a 2 x 4 grid cage
71" x 27" for a 2 x 5 grid cage
84" x 27" for a 2 x 6 grid cage
|Add 12 inches to the length and width for cutting dimension|
| ||Add 12 inches to the length and width for a 6 inch wall all the way round. This gives you the outer dimensions to cut (photo is just to give you a perspective). If the cage is going against a wall, you may want to make the back wall 12 inches high to help prevent hay spillage. In that case, you'll add a total of 18 inches to the original measurement from above, for one 12" side.|
So,using the above measurements, you should get:
53" x 39" for a 2 x 3 grid cage
68" x 39" for a 2 x 4 grid cage
83" x 39" for a 2 x 5 grid cage
96" x 39" for a 2 x 6 grid cage
(96" is a full sheet length-8 feet)
|Measure and Mark and Cut the Coroplast|
| ||Measure and mark the Coroplast (using a tape measure, yardstick and pen). |
Cut it to the outer dimensions with the scissors or box cutter. A pair of heavy duty scissors or a box cutter is easier than regular scissors, but you can still use regular scissors.
Cut lines depend on how big of a sheet you are starting with (partial sheet shown).
|Measure and Mark and SCORE the Coroplast|
| ||Measure and mark 6" in from all sides (the inner dimensions).|
Score the Coroplast along these lines using a razor blade or box cutter.
Be careful not to cut all the way through. Practice on a scrap piece first.
Scoring with the grain takes less pressure than scoring against it.
|Cut the flaps|
Cut all the way through the Coroplast at each corner, just 6" in, to create the flap to make the corner.
|Snap the edges|
Snap the edges away from the score line to form a box.
|Tape the flaps|
Secure the flaps with clear packing tape. A couple of wide strips on the outside work great.
|Place box inside the grids!|
Place the box inside the connected grids and you're all done - easy!