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#934935 - 04/25/10 06:05 AM How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage
AUtigers350z
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I know there are already a few PVC cage tutorials on here, but I thought I would add this one on here also. Just to give people some options.

Sugar Glider PVC Cage Write-Up
By: Eric (AUtigers350z)

Supplies Needed:

9 - 10' long 1/2" PVC Pipe (Silver-Line) ~ $1.50/ea
8 - 1/2" PVC 90 Elbow ~ $0.30/ea
19 - 1/2" PVC Tee Fitting ~ $0.30/ea
3 - 1/2" PVC Cross Fitting ~ $1.00/ea
4 - 1/2" PVC Cap ~ $0.10/ea
6 - 1/2" PVC 4-way Fitting ~ $1.40/ea **
4 - 1/2" PVC 3-way Fitting ~ $1.20/ea **
2 - Garden Plus hardware netting 36"x10' ~ $14.50/ea
1 - 500pk 8" Cable Ties (white) ~ $12.50
4 - 1/4 x 1 1/2" Bolts ~ $0.15/ea
4 - 1/4" Washers ~ $0.10
4 - 1/4" Nuts ~ $0.10/ea
2 - 1" Hook & Eye latch ~ $1.20/ea

Total Price : ~$83.50 + tax/shipping

** Had to order these parts online (littlegreenhouse.com was best price) due to the angles not being compliant with plumbing laws - therefore nowhere locally carried them.

- Purchased all of the items besides the one's with (**) at Lowe's. Make sure all the PVC fittings are slip fittings and not threaded!

3-Way:

4-Way:

Cross:

Elbow:

Tee:


Building Process:

- Cut the PVC pipe into the following lengths:

20 - 15" pieces
17 - 12" pieces
4 - 29" pieces
4 - 10" pieces
4 - 18" pieces
4 - 8" pieces
1 - 36" piece
4 - 12.5" pieces
4 - 34" pieces

- Assemble frame according to the following diagram. Should be somewhat obvious by looking at the picture where the different fittings go..


- Assemble the doors using the 12.5" and 34" pieces and the 90 elbows.

- Drill a hole through both walls of the PVC on the frame and one wall of the PVC on the door for each of the hinges (there are 4 hinges total, 2 on each door). Assemble based on the pictures below, using washers to take up space where needed. See pictures below for help..

Top Hinge:




Bottom Hinge:


- Screw the hook & eye latches into the doors and middle PVC between the doors as demonstrated below..



*I found that after the netting was tightly fastened to the frame and doors, it was rigid enough that only one set of hook & eye latches per door would be sufficient. However, if your gliders are escape artists or would like more security, you could install one set near the top and one near the bottom.

- Lay the hardware netting on the outsides of the assembled frame and fasten tightly with cable ties, removing excess with scissors. (Helps to go ahead and attach the netting onto the horizontal parts of the cage first [top, middle, bottom] with the netting facing the inside of the cage). Then fasten a sheet of netting to the outsides of each door using cable ties.

- At this point, you're basically finished with the cage. Make sure the ends are clipped on the cable ties and that nothing sharp is facing inward where the gliders could get injured.

Other things to note:

- I bought (also from Lowe's) a 36"x30" appliance tray that fit perfectly under the cage to catch food, waste, etc.

- On the middle level, there should be an empty hole in the cross fitting to add anything else you might want to get experimental with. I have my Wodent Wheel rigged to fit in there. You should have enough PVC left over to experiment with this a bit.

- Helps to use some sort of power/circular saw to cut the PVC to insure accurate length and smooth edges.

- After I finished cutting everything, I washed them off in the bathtub with hot water to clean them up and get the shavings off/out.

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#934936 - 04/25/10 06:05 AM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
AUtigers350z
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More pictures:



















And just in case anyone was wondering, yes the cage is next to my cable jack, but it's far enough away that curious hands won't be able to touch it [LOL]



If you have any questions, shoot me a PM smile

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#934962 - 04/25/10 09:59 AM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
SuggieDaddy24 Offline
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Did you come up with that yourself or did you fimd instructions on the web?
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#935035 - 04/25/10 03:06 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: SuggieDaddy24]
AUtigers350z
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Originally Posted By: SuggieDaddy24
Did you come up with that yourself or did you fimd instructions on the web?


No, I didn't come up with it myself lol. I actually looked at a few different designs and kind of took what I liked about each one and then added a little of my own touch to it.

Got the original idea from here..
http://justforfuzzies.com/Other_Stuff/Cage/index.html
..and also got a few support ideas from Catman on sugarglider.com.

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#935037 - 04/25/10 03:14 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
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Ooo...I like it alot!! I think I may make this!") GOOD JOB!!!
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#935039 - 04/25/10 03:19 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: SuggieDaddy24]
Sarah
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really nice job with the tutorial smile I <3 my PVC cage

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#935194 - 04/25/10 11:28 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
Ashleyy
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I keep trying to look at how u got the wodent wheel in there and cant figure it out lol. How'd ya do it??

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#935221 - 04/26/10 01:19 AM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
AUtigers350z
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Originally Posted By: Ashleyy
I keep trying to look at how u got the wodent wheel in there and cant figure it out lol. How'd ya do it??


I took two pieces of PVC (one about 4" long and the other about 3" long) and an elbow. Bent the end of the Wodent Wheel stand so that I could slip the 4" PVC over it, then bent it back. Took a dremel and cut out a small slit thru the center of the elbow so i could slide it over the stand. Finally, slid the 3" PVC onto the end of the stand and connected both PVC to the elbow. Wrapped it in white electrical tape/fleece. This way, I can easily remove it from the cage when I need to clean it or if it gets too noisy while sleeping smile

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#935291 - 04/26/10 10:51 AM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
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I really like the cage. But... I LOVE your wall color!
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#935442 - 04/26/10 03:35 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: GliderMeCrazy]
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Very nice design. The most common pvc cage tutorial has you bulding the walls seperately and attaching them together while this uses 4 way connectors. I wonder which is more sturdy.

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#935450 - 04/26/10 03:44 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
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Love the cage... PVC cages are always a project, but they are kind of fun to put together smile
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#935496 - 04/26/10 05:15 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
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Thanks GliderMeCrazy laugh The color is 'Silver Charm' D45-3 by Olympic. The brown furniture is about to be replaced with black furniture which will go better with the gray walls.

Originally Posted By: LxTrix
Very nice design. The most common pvc cage tutorial has you bulding the walls seperately and attaching them together while this uses 4 way connectors. I wonder which is more sturdy.


Yes, this is one of the things I opted to change when building my cage. I felt like having separate walls would be easier to take down if necessary, but I liked the idea of having the cage as one giant box. When I start a project I usually go for the simplest, cleanest design that meets all of my other criteria; in this case one of those being rigidity. As far as a sturdiness comparison goes, I wouldn't be able to tell you as I haven't seen the other version in person. I can tell you that mine is surprisingly sturdy though.. when I pick it up to move it, I can grab two edges and lift with no body flex whatsoever. When it's in standing position, I can move it side-to-side or back-and-forth and it barely gives.


Edited by AUtigers350z (04/26/10 05:16 PM)

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#936813 - 04/29/10 03:06 PM Re: How To: Sugar Glider PVC Cage [Re: ]
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I am so going to make my husband build this for me if we get our sugar glider! Love it!

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