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Building custom enclosure: 2 questions

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Posted by: rtl402 at Tue Jan 13 09:15:49 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rtl402 ]  
   

Just a quick heads up if your building your own enclosure. A large variety of wood is not safe to use for the excessively high temperatures that a Uro requires. This leaves you with basically 2 choices for building material, oak and formaldehyde free melamine.

Personally, I don't think in the long run the melamine will hold up. I have read a few people in the past had their melamine start to sag a bit, and I would rather build once then have to repair/replace anything down the road. I was in Lowes yesterday, a 4x8' sheet of 3/4" Oak ply is $48. I am still trying to locate a high quality 1/2" Oak ply near me, as 3/4" is a bit heavy. I am building a stacked enclosure, 6'x27"x24" so with all the wood, glass, etc necessary, I figure the entire 2 enclosures will cost around $300-$350.

I would also recommend a good sealer for the inside as well, one that was recommended to me by another forum member is called acrylacq (seems to only be available online) but it seems to be safe for the temperatures required for Uro's.

The most important thing is to research anything you plan on using during construction of the enclosure to be sure it will not emit any toxins that may harm the Uro.

If you have any question feel free to ask, I am in the process of designing and collecting materials to build mine in the next few months.


   

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