New Savannah Monitor enclosure
I am sealing the wood with D.O.T. sign vinyl.
I have a ton, it's extremely durable, lasts forever, is moisture proof, and I don't have to wait for chemical sealers to dry. Sweet stuff, however very expensive, I got a huge pile in a trade once with a highway contractor.
Halfway covered (1 end panel) Chompers claws will not even scratch this stuff & the glue is 3M finest, if you put some on a car, it would remove the paint if you try to peel it off.
Completely covered, I did not worry about the very edges, The framing will cover the edges.
The other end, all done.....
The bottom alone is so heavy it takes 2 people to even move it.
The entire inside where dirt goes is paved in aluminum with vinyl undeneath.
Then spent HOURS drilling holes, lining up boards and installing bolts.
It did not help that a lot of the wood was warped, I had to cut several planks just to get straight ones!
But here is the back wall, all ready to carry up tomorrow and bolt it on.
I tried to caulk the seams with "wonder foam" (Hate the crap) now I have to scrape it all off, and my hands burn from scrubbing with nail polish remover to get it off me.
The tempered glass shower door (already framed in Aluminum with rubber gaskets) That I am installing on the front.
That door is engineered so a full grown human man could slip and fall in the shower, and deflect off it rather than break it.
My son tried to help me carry up the back wall last night, but it's too heavy and I was afraid he would get hurt or drop his end, So I will have to get some help carrying the back wall up from the basement today.
most all of the weight and pressure will be pushing down on the floor of the cage, so I decided to bolt it all together for added strength.
Once all the bolts were in place, I could not use this without tearing up the floor, so I added 3 more slats of wood, this not only protects my house floor, but doubled how rigid the cage floor is.
Combining the top boards, with the bottom boards forms a pattern like this.. With heavy plywood sub flooring sandwiched inside the grid. STRONG.
Dorothy just helped me put the back on..
Running out of daylight, so I drove out back.... I have not sifted, cleaned or otherwise with this dirt. Notice the profound lack of rocks in it?
Jumping ahead to the current cage setup..
Used some leaf litter to retain soil moisture.
Monitors like to bask in HOT places.
Put in a log ramp / platform
Planted live grass and moss, retains humidity and provides fresh oxygen
Wayne A. Harvey
R.I.P. Chomper we miss you!