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    New and looking for tips

    Hello!
    I'm a brand new guinea pig owner and am looking for resources to purchase the materials necessary to build a C&C cage. Any input is gladly welcomed!

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    Re: New and looking for tips

    Look at the shop on here! There are lots of cage idea and parts to order.
    There is a cheaper route though, you could buy Coroplast (corrogated plastic) from a hardware store and grids from a superstore or furniture store. You have to be careful and get the grids with the 9x9 squares. There are youtube videos to explain how to cut the coroplast out there as well.
    Welcome to the forum and the world of guinea pigs

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    Re: New and looking for tips

    Like PudgiesArmy said welcome! There are a lot of guinea pig owners online at almost anytime. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
    With the C&C cage I have found it easiest to look on bulk websites and pet websites. If you just do C&C be careful as guinea pigs are amazing escape artists!

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    Re: New and looking for tips

    Here's one tip I don't remember seeing among the thousand of helpful C&C tips in here: Coroplast is SHARP, so be careful as you cut it. My hands looked like I'd stuck them in a weedwhacker afterwards!

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    Re: New and looking for tips

    Oh, and I got my storage grids from Amazon and a full sheet of coroplast at a local sign store ($20 for white, $25 for colors).

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    Re: New and looking for tips

    Quote Originally Posted by PigsInSkirts View Post
    Coroplast is SHARP, so be careful as you cut it.
    There is a helpful little tool called a Coro Claw that I find indispensable for cutting and scoring Coroplast. It will only cut along the flutes (ribs) of the Coro, and you still have to use a razor knife to cut transversely. The Coro Claw cleanly scores one side without cutting through both layers which I find to be the most difficult part of making the actual coro box.

    Another tool is a high-temperature glue gun which will allow you to fill in any "oops" where you have unintentionally cut through the other side. That same glue gun is indispensable for making a super sturdy cage. Ease the grids into the connectors with a pair of channel lock pliers, use heavy duty zip ties in the middle and at both ends of the adjoining grids, and finish the whole process with a couple drops of glue everywhere a grid meets a connector. My cage is so sturdy that I can sit in it!

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