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    Default Trying out Veranda 1/2" pvc sheet from Home Depot.

    Measures 4'x2'x1' with solvent welded joints (ontop of the screws). Works really well and could see building a stack of them eventually.



    The black marks are sharpie I carelessly used to mark out measurements... Next time will just use pencil.
    Randall L Turner Jr.
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    Just bought two sheets, going to try my hand at PVC caging.
    Do you use PVC cement for joints or just screws?
    Any tips on cutting/joining/sealing, etc?

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    I use scigrip 3 and 4 to solvent weld the pieces together along with the screws (used 1" wood screws which grab well into the material). Regarding cutting the material, I treat it like wood, using a circular saw and cutting guide. Main suggestion I have is make sure to have good dust collection going as the plastic will get EVERYWHERE while cutting it.
    Randall L Turner Jr.
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    nice.. good job ..how about the track for the glass sliders..thats what I like,where did you get that?
    whats the total cost for one?

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    I usually use Stanley glass track, Knape & Vogt or Randall. I order the first two from Amazon (usually around 10-20 depending on size I order and luck of the price draw. The Randall brand track I ordered from Wal Mart, I got 2 packs of 4' long tracks for around 23 shipped which was a great deal. A plus is all three manufacturers tracks are solvent weldable to the PVC sheet.

    The total cost of the enclosures (built 2 like this with the Veranda so far) was right about $113 for the plastic, glass track and 1/4" glass doors, screws and solvent per enclosure.
    Randall L Turner Jr.
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    how are you planning to heat enclosier?

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    I have some RHP on order that should be here shortly, My 2 AP enclosures have 4' of 12" heat tape under them, but when the heat panels get in I'll be installing the panels in the 2 AP and 2 Veranda enclosures, along with each of them getting 2' of the heat tape.
    Randall L Turner Jr.
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    Nice job on the cages Randy. The only thing I would change is have your side panels under your top and bottom. This will make a stronger joint. The side panels will take all the weight not the screws holding it together. You can see what I mean in the print below.

    take care
    Tom

    Here is a link to my EZ cage prints for 3, 4, 6 and 8 foot cages.
    http://www.mccarthyboas.com/EZ_Prints.html


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    Thanks Tom, that is definitely the smart way to build. I actually have all of the joints solvent welded along with the screws so the joints are solid. I was going to put the end pieces between the top and bottom (and will on the rest of the enclosures) but since my saw situation was a pain this summer I wanted to make it with as few cuts as I could get away with. My work bench is damaged and my table saws out of commission so I actually was doing all of the cutting work with folding tables which was hell on my back. (I'm 6' 5" with a bad back.)

    Here's a bad phone pic of the 2 sitting waiting for the RHP to get here. (I painted the fronts but didn't bother so much on the sides/top etc since they will have the APs sitting next to them once all rearranged)
    Randall L Turner Jr.
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    Finally got in the heat panels and got them all set up... Sorry the quality is meh, but I was beat when finished so just snapped a pic with my phone while the room was still a mess.

    Randall L Turner Jr.
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