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Old 01-04-2009, 07:07 PM
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hi im planning to build a 4x2x2 viv made of timber around 1.5 inches thick do i need to coat it with anythink if so what. also will it be able to handle 40 percent humidity
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:22 PM
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Why 1.5 inches thick?, or do you mear 15mm, you could easily use 18mm ply.
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ive heard that ply isnt very good
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Old 04-04-2009, 11:50 AM
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18mm ply will be fine, seal it with 2-3 coats of varnish, 1st coat thin about 10% as this helps penetrate wood further, dont forget to do cut ends and any holes cut for vents etc. When fully dry seal all internal edges with aquarium silicone.
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probably be able to get away with contiboard if it only needs 40% humidity,, either i'm up way too early or 40% isn't too high.
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Contiboard should survive 40% no problem..I'm planning to use it for a viv at 90%+ So I should hope that it can stand a relativley dry environment like that..

Ply you would have problems with unless it's sealed properly, I'd say more than 3 coats of varnish tbh...first one at about 10% as already said..and then another 3 or 4 on top of that...Ply also looks a bit naff so if you were going to use ply you could always look at getting in veneered or laminated, which should also seal the wood....

Use a fungicide free sealant (i.e aquarium sealant) to seal all the edges and areas where boards join...

Oh and I'd advise you cut vent hole before you seal, as the "inside" edges of the vents need sealing too or they might absorb moisture!

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