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PennyLane94
07-15-19, 01:55 am
I’m so originally I was planning on doing a cage made out of wood but I might do a c&c up on a homemade table instead but I can’t find the size of the holes of these grids I’m looking at but the grids are like 12 inches x12 inches and have 7 holes x7 holes would the holes be small enough or should I keep looking? I’m gonna be building a really large cage ((3x8 ft or 4x6 ft)) and want to do it right

I’ve also found one with metal mesh if that would work better?

Guinea Pig Papa
07-15-19, 04:06 am
I'm not sure what the grids with mesh are. But you want grids with 9X9 holes. The holes in the 7X7 grids are big enough that a pig can get his head trapped in them.

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 04:24 am
I'm not sure what the grids with mesh are. But you want grids with 9X9 holes. The holes in the 7X7 grids are big enough that a pig can get his head trapped in them.

Ill probably go with the mesh ones then cause they look like this86090

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 05:32 am
Also which the Coroplast can you get it in smaller pieces and like glue or silicone the pieces together?

Soecara
07-15-19, 05:47 am
Keep in mind with those mesh grids you will probably need to alter them somehow to be able to attach a water bottle.

Generally when connecting pieces of coroplast we use tape, but you need to ensure your guinea pigs can't reach the tape or they will eat it. I can't see an issue with silicone other than drying time and keeping it together until it dries (and once again ensuring there aren't any blobs of silicone sticking out that they could eat). I know many people just tape the outside so there is no tape on the inside at all, if you think this might cause issues perhaps taping the outside and using silicone in the seam between pieces would work?

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 06:42 am
Keep in mind with those mesh grids you will probably need to alter them somehow to be able to attach a water bottle.

Generally when connecting pieces of coroplast we use tape, but you need to ensure your guinea pigs can't reach the tape or they will eat it. I can't see an issue with silicone other than drying time and keeping it together until it dries (and once again ensuring there aren't any blobs of silicone sticking out that they could eat). I know many people just tape the outside so there is no tape on the inside at all, if you think this might cause issues perhaps taping the outside and using silicone in the seam between pieces would work?

Ok thanks it shouldn’t be too hard for the water bottle cause I’ve hooked a water bottle to smaller mesh before and I’ll try the tape and silicone cause the biggest piece I’d probably be able to fit in my moms vehicle would be like 4x4 feet so I’d need like 3 that size and a tube of silicone

bpatters
07-15-19, 08:16 am
Coroplast can be rolled, so you can fit a 4x8 piece in anything other than a compact car.

Most people avoid completely cutting coroplast where possible. You can just one side of the "tunnels" and fold the coroplast at that point.

spy9doc
07-15-19, 08:40 am
Your best bet when working with Coroplast is to use a high-temperature glue gun. I find it invaluable for all sorts of projects and none more so than cage construction. The glue dries very quickly and is wonderful for filling in mistakes or cuts in the Coroplast. Just be sure NOT to touch the Coro with the tip of the gun as it will melt it. Put the tip close to the seam that you wish to join and drop the hot glue into the area.

One can buy a high-temperature glue gun (plus glue sticks) at JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or often even at a Home Depot.

Also, there is a little device called a "Coro Claw" that I find invaluable when working with Coroplast. It will cut the coro along the length of the "ribs or flutes" of the Coro, but you will still need to use a box cutter to cut across (transversely) the ribs. You can buy it online.

86091

Smileandnod
07-15-19, 10:47 am
If you are buying from Amazon, I successfully used "Whitmor Storage cubes". Make sure they have 9x9 holes. I also got many supplies from the cage store from this site including cage kits that I just had to quickly & easily assemble.

I would definitely get a solid piece of coroplast for the bottom. Makes a world of difference for cleaning.

Don't forget the zip ties (cable ties) to reinforce the grids.

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 01:37 pm
Coroplast can be rolled, so you can fit a 4x8 piece in anything other than a compact car.

Most people avoid completely cutting coroplast where possible. You can just one side of the "tunnels" and fold the coroplast at that point.
Thanks atleast that way I’d only have to glue on the sides since my cage is gonna be 4x8 feet

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 01:39 pm
Your best bet when working with Coroplast is to use a high-temperature glue gun. I find it invaluable for all sorts of projects and none more so than cage construction. The glue dries very quickly and is wonderful for filling in mistakes or cuts in the Coroplast. Just be sure NOT to touch the Coro with the tip of the gun as it will melt it. Put the tip close to the seam that you wish to join and drop the hot glue into the area.

One can buy a high-temperature glue gun (plus glue sticks) at JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels, or often even at a Home Depot.

Also, there is a little device called a "Coro Claw" that I find invaluable when working with Coroplast. It will cut the coro along the length of the "ribs or flutes" of the Coro, but you will still need to use a box cutter to cut across (transversely) the ribs. You can buy it online.

86091
thanks I probably already have a high temp glue gun so I’ll just use that to glue the edges on to the big piece

Smileandnod
07-15-19, 01:39 pm
Thanks atleast that way I’d only have to glue on the sides since my cage is gonna be 4x8 feet

Are you making two that size? Or dividing it up for your male and female?

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 01:41 pm
If you are buying from Amazon, I successfully used "Whitmor Storage cubes". Make sure they have 9x9 holes. I also got many supplies from the cage store from this site including cage kits that I just had to quickly & easily assemble.

I would definitely get a solid piece of coroplast for the bottom. Makes a world of difference for cleaning.

Don't forget the zip ties (cable ties) to reinforce the grids.
Thanks yeah I’ve got 2 of these really nice wire mesh storage cube sets in my cart on amazon and I’ve got zip ties in my cart too

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 01:54 pm
Are you making two that size? Or dividing it up for your male and female?

Im gonna divide it up until he’s been neutered for the six weeks

Smileandnod
07-15-19, 01:59 pm
Thanks yeah I’ve got 2 of these really nice wire mesh storage cube sets in my cart on amazon and I’ve got zip ties in my cart too


Look to see the dimensions of individual grids, not the dimensions of the entire assembled storage unit (which is often the most prominent dimensions listed)...some of these mesh grids are not as wide or tall as regular grids. The ones I have seen on Amazon are oftentimes between 9-11inches, whereas a regular grids is 14". Look closely within the product description or Q&A to find this specific info.

Also make sure you get enough grids to make a secure lid for your female's side if you plan on building one cage and dividing it, or have cages side by side. Your male with climb over to get her and it will be especially easy for him with shorter grids.

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 03:11 pm
Look to see the dimensions of individual grids, not the dimensions of the entire assembled storage unit (which is often the most prominent dimensions listed)...some of these mesh grids are not as wide or tall as regular grids. The ones I have seen on Amazon are oftentimes between 9-11inches, whereas a regular grids is 14". Look closely within the product description or Q&A to find this specific info.

Also make sure you get enough grids to make a secure lid for your female's side if you plan on building one cage and dividing it, or have cages side by side. Your male with climb over to get her and it will be especially easy for him with shorter grids.
Yeah they are only like 12 inches high but I already planned on making a lid for each side and probably doing the cages 2 squares high eventually

FREshaVOCAdo
07-15-19, 08:13 pm
Can you post the link to the metal mesh ones? I wanna check them out:)

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 09:38 pm
Can you post the link to the metal mesh ones? I wanna check them out:)

SONGMICS 9-Cube Metal Mesh Storage Cube, Storage Shelves Organizer, Modular Bookcase, DIY Closet Cabinet Shelf for Books, Plant, Toys, Shoes, Clothes 36.6"L x 12.2"W x 48.4"H, Black ULPL115H https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079GVKPHP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-zulDbBJKEDRF

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 09:44 pm
Quick question about the chloroplast does it need to go up the sides or could it just cover the bottom?

Candalalala
07-15-19, 10:37 pm
the sides keeps turds and pee from escaping. Somehow they get pee on the walls of the Coroplast so I would definitely recommend it.
Oh and if you’re in the US, Home Depot sells huge coroplast sheets.

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 11:03 pm
the sides keeps turds and pee from escaping. Somehow they get pee on the walls of the Coroplast so I would definitely recommend it.
Oh and if you’re in the US, Home Depot sells huge coroplast sheets.
So if I can find a sheet bigger than 4x8 like 5x9 I should get it?

Smileandnod
07-15-19, 11:46 pm
Quick question about the chloroplast does it need to go up the sides or could it just cover the bottom?

The coroplast keeps everything contained, but you don't want it to go too far up on every side because guinea pigs need proper ventilation for a healthy environment. Otherwise you will end up with a sick pig with upper respiratory infection.

The typical height is 6" and you can go higher on one side that may be against a wall to protect your wall from urine spray as well as poop and hay falling between the wall and the cage.

Do not go high on all sides, keep it to just one. Again it reduces proper air flow to the pigs if the sides are blocked.

Also, if your grids are the ones you provided a link to, they are only about 11" wide and tall. You might be able to make your coroplast shorter on each side to increase visibility and air circulation.

I personally would go two grids high with those if you are really stuck on them. Watching my girls tonight I saw how much they popcorn and stand up to get attention. All of them (they range in age from 8 months to 4 years) can easily meet the top of my 14 inch grids when they stand wheeking for treats and their daily veggies. I would hate for them to be restricted full time to a shorter cage with a lid. You won't need 22" that you will have with 2 grids high of those mesh grids, but I personally would want mine to have more height space than a single height of those provides.

Have you thought of using regular grids for height, air flow and visibility? It's a lot of fun to have a clear view of your pigs! You could zip tie those smaller mesh grids where you want to contain hay and have a little more pig privacy. Just a friendly suggestion.

PennyLane94
07-15-19, 11:57 pm
The coroplast keeps everything contained, but you don't want it to go too far up on every side because guinea pigs need proper ventilation for a healthy environment. Otherwise you will end up with a sick pig with upper respiratory infection.

The typical height is 6" and you can go higher on one side that may be against a wall to protect your wall from urine spray as well as poop and hay falling between the wall and the cage.

Do not go high on all sides, keep it to just one. Again it reduces proper air flow to the pigs if the sides are blocked.

Also, if your grids are the ones you provided a link to, they are only about 11" wide and tall. You might be able to make your coroplast shorter on each side to increase visibility and air circulation.

I personally would go two grids high with those if you are really stuck on them. Watching my girls tonight I saw how much they popcorn and stand up to get attention. All of them (they range in age from 8 months to 4 years) can easily meet the top of my 14 inch grids when they stand wheeking for treats and their daily veggies. I would hate for them to be restricted full time to a shorter cage with a lid. You won't need 22" that you will have with 2 grids high of those mesh grids, but I personally would want mine to have more height space than a single height of those provides.

Have you thought of using regular grids for height, air flow and visibility? It's a lot of fun to have a clear view of your pigs! You could zip tie those smaller mesh grids where you want to contain hay and have a little more pig privacy. Just a friendly suggestion.
I’m paranoid that I’ll end up getting the wrong size grid holes with the other grids especially since my pigs are young and there’s a chance my females pregnant and I definitely know I want the large packs of grids since my cage will be so big if I’m able to find the correct size grids though it would be nice to have more visibility and as of right now I’m gonna need 3 packs of the 9 cube storage shelves so if I could find like packs with more grids in the correct size that would be nice

Soecara
07-16-19, 12:33 am
Here are some amazon links to the right kind of grids. I tried looking for some larger packs but they all looked to be either 8x8 or 7x7 holes, the ones I have linked are 9x9.

https://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-Storage-Cubes-Stackable-Interlocking/dp/B007ELALZC/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=storage+cube+grid&qid=1563257320&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&s=gateway&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Cube-Wire-Storage-Shelves/dp/B0735GRJXY/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=storage%2Bcube%2Bgrid&qid=1563257320&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&s=gateway&sr=8-3&th=1

Depending on what country you are located in there are also other options for where you can buy them that may potentially be cheaper. For example I know you can usually get the grids at bed bath and beyond in the US.

PennyLane94
07-16-19, 12:54 am
Here are some amazon links to the right kind of grids. I tried looking for some larger packs but they all looked to be either 8x8 or 7x7 holes, the ones I have linked are 9x9.

https://www.amazon.com/Whitmor-Storage-Cubes-Stackable-Interlocking/dp/B007ELALZC/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=storage+cube+grid&qid=1563257320&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&s=gateway&sr=8-4

https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Cube-Wire-Storage-Shelves/dp/B0735GRJXY/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=storage%2Bcube%2Bgrid&qid=1563257320&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011&rnid=2661617011&s=gateway&sr=8-3&th=1

Depending on what country you are located in there are also other options for where you can buy them that may potentially be cheaper. For example I know you can usually get the grids at bed bath and beyond in the US.

Ill check bed bath and beyond and Walmart otherwise the ones you linked seem pretty good priced