I have to decide whether it’s going to be another rat rack, or if I’ll make this one for the growing Boas. I of course ran low on metal so have to go pick up the rest of the square tubing to finish. It’s being built around the Super 70 Reptile Basics tubs (which I have 8 of, and intend to order more once they get back in stock… knock on wood).
That’s awesome Randy!
Looking good! I’ve built a couple metal racks as well! What do you use for your heating source?
With this one once complete I’m going to test it with ultratherm pads. If they don’t do the trick I’ll switch over to 11" heat tape.
Had to go with my 2nd choice in plastic, but finally got it closer to complete. Will have a 7 level done this week and will add another 3 levels next week.
I love this, it looks very sleek
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Finally got this finished this morning. Will be attaching the heat this evening and after a little test run I’ll move the growing animals over to it.
Woo hoo, it is looking awesome
I got it insulated using 3/4" thick foam board and attached 11"x17" ultratherm heat mats to test how well they’d work. I ran the heat mats unregulated and within about half an hour they had 90 degree hot spots inside of the tubs, in a basement that is 72 degrees 90% of the time. So I’ll be running ultratherms on a thermostat for the heat.
Didn’t realize I never updated this further. I built a 2nd rack using aluminum (much lighter, and easier to work with) made it a 5 level around ARS 70 tubs. I like the aluminum so much better I took apart the steel rack above and redid it using aluminum spacers and guide rails. Also made it 9 levels and modular so easier to haul up and down the stairs.
Those are Awesome looking. Great job.
What kind of plastic are you using for a cover, and how is it attached?
The black plastic is 1/4" hdpe and the white is 1/8" hdpe. They’re attached with lathe screws, and counter sink screws on the front edge.
What size tube did you use? I’m a sheet metal fabricator so curious lol. They all look nice! I made one that was stainless and broke down into two individual sections. But it was a little pricey lol
I used 1" square, the steel I believe was 14 gauge, the aluminum was similar in thickness. I’d be afraid of the cost to use stainless for a project like this, I imagine it was quite a pretty penny.
It ended up being cheaper than comparable stainless racks. I didn’t build it for myself I wouldn’t spend that much lol. But it was super nice!