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    This is how to build a second story

    If you click on my name and go to my gallery, you will see 12 photos of how to build a second story for your cage. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Step 1


    Step 2



    Step 3 (using zip/cable ties)

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Step 4

    Close up of grids:



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    Re: This is how to build a second story



    After cutting any grids you must file them down:

    Step 5:

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    The ramp is made so it can be raised and held up with a small bungee when cleaning the cage

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Making litter boxes:
    We fill the bottom layer with Yesterday's News


    Then a top layer of kiln-dired pine:


    We cut out a slot for the fiddlesticks to fit in:

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Finished litter box:

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Jackie, hang on as I am going to shoot a quick video and put it on photobucket. Give me a few minutes and take a look.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Here is our cage as of today:
    Designing a cage - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

    Please note that we have rescued two babies and the inside colored grids are for baby proofing. We are also in the process of a garden theme.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Wow, look at all those pigs! I want to pignap them all! Thanks so much for putting this up. Is it ok if I can make something simular to your second floor? I like the ramp.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    I have no patent on it my dear. Have fun!! LOL

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    How or where do I suspend the second floor (loft)?

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    In the pictures we use zip/cable ties and it is on the top of the bottom grids that run across the back wall. I am sorry I don't know how else to explain it to you. Look at the pics again. They show it all. Because it is so long and the litter box so heavy we have a full and a partial grid below to support it. Again attached with zip ties.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    oh! OK! Thanks, I understand now. I'm not sure if I'm going to build a second floor because I plan on making a huge (4x7) first floor but I'd like to know how to just in case. Another thing I'd like to know: if I make like a playpen out of the grid squares, how many squares should I use in terms of height?
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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    I have PMd you.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Please excuse my idiocy, but exactly what do you cut the grids with-when I go to Home Depot I need the name of it. And also, did you file it down with some sort of pedicure tool or can I find that thing in Home Depot also?

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Oh my I hope your nails don't need that file! I can't tell you the name of the file. It is one out of a pack of various sizes of files. They are two sided files. Just take a grid in with you and have someone point out what you need to file the cut grid down with. As far as cutting them, just a pair of mediumish wire cutters is all you need. Bolt cutters are not necessary at all.

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Wow this post has helped me so much! Also in the video I saw that you have hanging baby keys, so thats okay to do that right?

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    What do you make the ramp out of exactly? What's that brown stuff? Did you just bend the cubes to make it, and then attached it with cable wires. Sorry, I just didn't really understand that part so well...

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    Re: This is how to build a second story

    Step 5 is the ramp which is made from 2 grids bent at a 90 degree angle and then zipped tied together. The brown stuff is a $3 doormat from Wal-Mart that we cut and the zip-tied to the grids.

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