Fred's Enclosure

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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Stuart » Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:18 am

Looks great Mac. Covering the stapled netting on the top also looks nicer, as well as strengthening the frames and increasing security.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:10 am

Stuart wrote:Looks great Mac. Covering the stapled netting on the top also looks nicer, as well as strengthening the frames and increasing security.

Thanks Sthart. Bit heavier but sturdy.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Wed Aug 05, 2015 7:12 am

Please note I made a typo. The mesh isn't.'t 1 inch but half that at least to prevent smaller rats.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:37 pm

About mesh also underneath. In this pic you'll see where the enclosure is upturned for construction purposes and the anti rat mesh has been stapled to the wood. Now because the mesh roll wasn't wide enough to go down one length I had to cut and join it. See the overlaps? I twisted short lengths of wire to join the mesh rectangles together.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:43 pm

Now it's turned over on its base.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Wed Aug 05, 2015 9:53 pm

The wire joining the under mesh rectangles is very sharp so I protected Fred by laying some wood over the joins and screwing it to the base. Had to be painted as well for protection of course.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Wed Aug 05, 2015 10:01 pm

Here the door construction has started and I have added a layer of weed control fabric to keep the substrate in place within the wooded frame. This fabric lets water through faster than the weed blocker under the gravel. This is because I didn't want to find Fred in a bath of rain water after one of those heavy rainy spells that happens now in the UK.
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Stuart » Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:57 pm

Careful and thoughtful work, Mac! Takes an age this kind of thing, sometimes. I've been standing and staring at my own construction for weeks...not being sure of the best way to sort out technical problems I hadn't thought through when I began the project! Think I know what I'm doing with it now, and keen to finish before the summer ends! (Hmm, maybe I'm too late, then!)
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Mac » Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:09 am

Stuart wrote:Careful and thoughtful work, Mac! Takes an age this kind of thing, sometimes. I've been standing and staring at my own construction for weeks...not being sure of the best way to sort out technical problems I hadn't thought through when I began the project! Think I know what I'm doing with it now, and keen to finish before the summer ends! (Hmm, maybe I'm too late, then!)

Cheers Stuart. Yes it takes far longer than you think but the first build primes you up for the next one. Just do it is my motto because all the thinking in the world won't cover all angles. But planning can reduce time and cost I know so yes that is important.

Keep us posted when you get cracking! Don't leave it to when it rains. It never rains in summer here! :)
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Re: Fred's Enclosure

Postby Bigjoe » Thu Aug 06, 2015 6:35 pm

Safe,secure and well thought out build Mac well done...good fun isn't it..you won't leave it be I bet.. ;) ..got gas struts here if ya need them..
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