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PostSubject: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:53 pm

I'm looking into building an enclosure for my boa and my ball python. Any suggestions on what materials are best for the snake/most efficient/easiest to move? From the research I've done so far seems that xpvc is pretty popular and lighter than wood. How does that compare to wood as far as handling humidity or rotting or is one more beneficial for the snake?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:41 pm

I was looking at some sheets of the xpvc today. At first I thought it was melamine until I tried to move it. I think it was 3/8" or 1/2" thick, solid and looked great for cleaning. I would definitely try it out if I were to build an enclosure again. It's pricier than melamine, but the trade for weight reduction, no chipping and no water absorption makes up for it.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:48 pm

Do you know the easiest way to cut it? Will a skill or table saw work or will it melt it?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:50 pm

Not sure. I'll ask Max if he doesn't see this post. He cuts it and it looked great.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 7:50 pm

Awesome!!
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:15 pm

He said a good wood finish blade will work.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:30 pm

Great thanks! I will keep you guys posted! Is there anything special I should seal with?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:40 pm

I've used clear silicone in melamine cages before. I imagine it would work the same, although, I'd look for something harder since silicone can retain bedding.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:46 pm

You can Cut, sand and route the xpvc(smells awesome...lol) The main thing I have found is "careful" drilling and having the bit to recess the screw head. The best glue lso seems to be the superglue from the dollar tree if you plan on using adhesives also. Another huge thing to watch for is the start and finish of your cuts when running through a table saw(very critical and easy to make expensive mistakes)
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:49 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:50 pm

Is there any certain type of saw that is better
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:52 pm

^^^^those are HUGE...but they turned out pretty good(especially if you consider them being 8' long and I built them solo)
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:54 pm

I use Diablo blades---84 tooth i believe(really only cut on the table saw as no matter- what freehanding with a skill is never perfect)
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:06 pm

Where can you find XPVC?
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:09 pm

I found 1/2×2'×8' sheets on home depots website for about $50 a piece.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:30 pm

Thanks, I asked about it at my local Lowes and they looked at me like I was nuts. I'll try HD.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:35 pm

I know they dont have it in the store here, but they can ship it to the store free
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:39 pm

I know they dont have it in the store here, but they can ship it to the store free
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:39 am

I get 4x8 sheets at 84 lumber--I get a little discount so i'm not dure on the everyday price. i'm thinking it was 105 for a 4x8 sheet in 1/2"
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:41 am

shows you have an 84 Lumber near Charlottesville
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:43 am

Cool deal. I will definitely check them out
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:20 am

I have a friend in NC that might be able to get you Xpvc cheaper than 84 lumber and he can ship it, along with cutting it to whatever size for a small fee.

He has a facebook business page
https://www.facebook.com/Herptastic
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 8:42 am

Question. Are you planning on housing the ball python and boa together? You typed "enclosure" in the singular as if you were only building one enclosure.
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:44 am

Definitely not in the same enclosure. Probably should have made that a little more clear. My plan is to make two stackable 8ft long enclosures and have a divider in one to have space to house multiple balls
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PostSubject: Re: Custom tank for boa and ball python   Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:46 am

Deedle, thats awesome! Thanks for sharing! It will probably be a little bit until I will have money for it, but that will be a helpful source for sure
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