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Old 26-08-2011, 11:59 PM
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Sealed the joins and gaps with that geocell aquarium sealant, pretty much midday yesterday the smell had gone, so it worked out, so awesome knowing I made it and my dragon seems happy with my handy work too.
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Old 27-08-2011, 12:03 AM
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Good for you Kev..i was going to say if its silicone the smell is short lived..post up some pics..lets see your handywork
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It looks horrible in terms of looks, as ive used some bits from an old viv aswell as new wood, so none of it matches beech and white looks odd, but ill get some pics up over the weekend.
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Old 14-09-2011, 10:38 AM
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Brilliant thread, really great idea

Had been thinking about doing this, my dad suggested it. I am going to get some wood on payday, thing is my flat is a bit small so going to go to my dads place. He used to be a builder and carpenter, so if homebase will refuse to cut if can steal some of dads tools

One thing I did want to ask however is I wanted to paint the viv black to fit in with my decor at home, I know I would have to treat the wood with ESP first as it will be chipboard. Is there any specific paint I could use that is reptile safe or should I paint then use a sealant over the top?

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Brilliant thread, really great idea

Had been thinking about doing this, my dad suggested it. I am going to get some wood on payday, thing is my flat is a bit small so going to go to my dads place. He used to be a builder and carpenter, so if homebase will refuse to cut if can steal some of dads tools

One thing I did want to ask however is I wanted to paint the viv black to fit in with my decor at home, I know I would have to treat the wood with ESP first as it will be chipboard. Is there any specific paint I could use that is reptile safe or should I paint then use a sealant over the top?

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There shouldnt be a need to paint the viv black, as you should be able to get hold of "BLACK ASH" coloured contiboard to use. if not you should find that a similar darker wood is available. failing that. i would first choose a dark coloured conti board, then cut all the pieces required first. then paint with "melamine paint" used for kitchen worktops/cupboards, allow all pieces to dry thoroughly for at least 48hrs. then assemble afterwards.
personally though i would search out the black ash..because trust me..painted vivs ALWAYS look exactly that.
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Old 15-09-2011, 05:46 PM
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I was just trying to save money but will definately try sourcing black ash contiboard. Thanks for the advice!

EDIT: Just checked both B+Q and Homebase and neither do Black Ash furniture board or contiboard :S Will pop into a few builders merchants.
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I was just trying to save money but will definately try sourcing black ash contiboard. Thanks for the advice!

EDIT: Just checked both B+Q and Homebase and neither do Black Ash furniture board or contiboard :S Will pop into a few builders merchants.

Can be hard to locate as its a bit of an 80s furniture colour. however you can get it here..

Black Ash Contiplas Furniture Board - Furniture Boards from Next Day Diy UK

and they deliver..
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Old 17-09-2011, 06:47 PM
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Cheers mate! Just had a look Quite good, bit pricey but still much cheaper than buying a viv
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nice thread mate may try to do this at the weekend if i get everything
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This is what i ended up building but im a finish carpenter
For my Royal/Ball Python



Screen in between lighting area and living area

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