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RE: Polystyrene beneath Vision cages?

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Posted by: jfmoore at Mon Jan 20 14:37:10 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jfmoore ]  
   

Hi Mark,

I was hoping you'd reply as I've always liked the advice you've given others over the years.

I must say, reflectix on the interior of those darn poorly-insulating Vision cages would be a good thing for heat retention if it wouldn't be a pain to keep clean or look so tacky. Although, speaking of tacky-looking, I've saved the plastic encased fiber batting from frozen rodent shipments and attached it to cage exteriors to good effect in the past. Do you think reflectix on the exterior would be as good or less good?

I asked about the moisture because in the past, when I laid regular white styrofoam rigid sheets (also from rodent shipments lol) between cold exterior plaster walls and cages, it got moldy after a while, presumably from condensation.

Anywho, for starters, I'm leaning toward putting that polyisocyanurate foam core laminated between aluminum foil facers underneath the cages.

Best,
Joan

>>It helps alot to attach (velcro or other method) reflectix to the outside back wall and sides of each cage if you can. Will help with your heating costs. Works best if it is inside the cage, but that is not always an option.
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>>Not sure about the moisture. You could lay down some polyethylene sheeting (sold for use under wood floors), lay pieces of MDF down over that, then the styrene foam, then the cage and test it that way. Check periodically to see if the MDF is getting wet. Not sure why it would, but I don't live in a cold climate.


   

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