The coonecters were a pain to me also, when I built the bottom of the cage to make a stand, every time I moved it it fell apart, so I also got the electrical ties, and put them and the connecters and it held up really quick. So good luck with building a cage. I had hours of fun, I sat up intill 4 in the morning making levels and hay racks, and hidies. Every week I seem to be doing something new. Have fun and good luck. I know my piggies love their c&c.