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LauraBean
03-13-09, 12:01 pm
I have seen many pics of peoples cages with black drainage pipes used as ramps. I think this is one of the coolest ideas :), and I would love to do something like this for my cage. We currently only have a teeny hayloft, the height of 1/3 grid. The girls can hop up into it.
I'm not sure how to use the drainage pipe for a ramp. How do you secure it? Do you have to buy a special kind? The kind I'm used to seeing is very flimsy, and probably wouldn't hold the weight of a pig. How long should it be?

lissie
03-13-09, 05:51 pm
I use a drain pipe for my ramp. There's a down side to it though. Only one pig can get up or down at a time and it's kinda hard to clean. I've used zip-ties to attach it to the loft floor, and I wasn't able to remove it for cleaning.
I've made it removable, I doubled the grids and cut holes in both of them. I zip-tied the pipe to one of the grid and attach it to the other grid with binder clips. I'll take some pictures and post it here if it sounds confusing.

LauraBean
03-13-09, 06:01 pm
I'm sure it'll be easy as pie once I see it.... a picture would be great.

lissie
03-13-09, 06:08 pm
There's one picture here in my gallery.
Cage #4 - Added 4x6 bottom level - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/14502/ppuser/11509)
If you zoom-in, you'll see the how the ramp was attached to the second floor.

I'll take a close up picture later.

lissie
03-15-09, 12:27 pm
I've taken a close up picture as promised. You can view the pics and detailed instructions here: How to make a removeable drain pipe ramp - Guinea Pig Cage Photos (http://www.guineapigcages.com/photos/showphoto.php/photo/14666)

LauraBean
03-15-09, 03:39 pm
LOVE your detailed instructions! Even I could follow them lol
I will definately be trying that sometime in the near future. I noticed yesterday that my neighbor actually has some pieces of the black drain pipe in their yard. The pieces that have are much wider than the ones I've usually seen. That will work well for me as I have plump pigs, lol. I'm sure if I asked nicely, maybe bribed them with some homemade cookies, that they would give me some!
Oh, one more question... what did you use to cut the grid?

lissie
03-16-09, 12:31 am
Glad I can help :)
I used a bolt cutter to cut the grids. Like this one: Amazon.com: Fuller 316-0270 1/4-Inch Cut Capacity 14-Inch Bolt Cutter: Home Improvement (http://www.amazon.com/Fuller-316-0270-4-Inch-Capacity-14-Inch/dp/B000BDIRYM/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=hi&qid=1237184785&sr=8-1)