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Old 10-09-2008, 08:54 PM
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hey whats up everyone, so after mentos cleverly talked me into building my own viv, the questions started popping into my head. I was wondering if anyone could tell me the best type of wood to use, it will be for housing a jungle or a coastal carpet python, so i would need something that holds humidity in the 60s+ and I really want to stay clear from warping. My main concern is how do you go about getting the heat fixture in the roof? so yeah, what wood should i use, and how do I go about fixing the heat source?
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:16 PM
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You SHOULD be building your own viv. It's dead easy and you get a great sense of achievement. Bit cheaper too

The easiest wood to get is contiboard (melamine faced chipboard). You local DIY place or B+Q etc will cut it to size. The problem with contiboard is that the cut ends will soak up moisture and swell if they are not protected. So while you are fitting it together seal the ends with aquarium sealant, and then seal all the joints with the sealant too. pre-drill all the holes for the screws to prevent splitting. countersinking the holes is good too, but can be tricky.

The most important thing is to get the pieces cut to the right size. For instance if the back piece is 4*2 you need to cut the sides to 2ft - 30 mm. The top and bottom will be 15mm thick each.

Get vents and glass runners from people on this forum, and the glass from a local glazier.
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thaaaaanks buddy, how do i install the vents though? i guess they will come with instructions and what not...
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depends what vents you get. There are some 70mm circular vents that look really good. I use a 72mm hole saw. The square vents are more difficult. You'll probably need a jigsaw to do them.
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