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Kazzy



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PostSubject: Building a Rack   June 20th 2011, 11:00 pm

I've been discussing building a lidless rack with my boyfriend for my crested geckos. We've gone over what types of materials would withstand the humidity, and I'm still a bit worried.

He brought up something though, and I want to know if anyone has tried this. Heat-Treated Wood (http://composite.about.com/library/PR/2001/bltekes1.htm). It supposedly has a good resistance to humidity, but I am unsure how good of a resistance. I'm reading that it is more cost efficient as well, but I don't want to build something for it only to rot/warp within a year or two. I'm sure I could put some sort of sealant over it to help, but I'm unsure.

So, has anyone heard of Heat-Treated wood, or, better yet, has anyone used it and did it work well?
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PostSubject: Re: Building a Rack   June 20th 2011, 11:59 pm

When you say a lidless rack are you meaning one that tubs would slide into? just wondering.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a Rack   June 21st 2011, 12:10 am

Yes, no lids on the tubs, the shelves would be the 'lids'.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a Rack   June 21st 2011, 1:24 am

crap that was suppose to be me typing...I hate that my laptop won't let me online I always forget to log in undermy name instead of my husbands lol.

I have considered doing that but with my cresties but with them being arboreal you run a risk of hurting them while opening up the tub if they are on the wood or whatever material you decide on. Just figured I would kinda through my 2 cents in on that just in case you hadn't thought about that, hope it works out good for you. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Building a Rack   June 21st 2011, 2:10 am

Actually I have thought about that Smile

Their toes are friction based, and they can't hand up-side-down from the top without a good amount of 'friction' (or places for the little hairs on the toes to catch. I'll probably be sealing the wood no matter what with silicone.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a Rack   June 21st 2011, 10:08 am

Dagan on here just uses those industrial shelving units you can buy at places like Target and Lowe's that are metal. You'd have to use lids, but it's a good way to keep everyone together.
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PostSubject: Re: Building a Rack   June 21st 2011, 6:54 pm

Yeah, that's the route I'd take if I don't do the lidless. Lidless is just so much easier, and I plan to have a rather large volume of geckos lol!

I've also considered building one that doesn't use tubs. Just making 'cubbies' for them with a front screen door. Would look really nice. May not be too much more expensive.
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