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A short "how to" on the TV JCP cage

Discussion in 'HH General Discussion' started by Passion4Pythons, Jan 1, 2008.

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  1. Passion4Pythons

    Passion4Pythons Active Member

    Started like this, an old TV that our neighbors gave us when our original big screen died.
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    It was weird and wouldnt hook up to our cable so my parents were going to give it to good will or something. [[here it is with the screen off]]
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    Sound panels taken off, then i gutted it.
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    The back was also taken off, [[thats where we are going to put the door, where the buldge was]]
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    We put Plywood across the bottom, that way the floor will be all one level, but i dont know where the pic is for that part. - We also painted the ceiling with black gloss acrilic paint for cleaning... and trust me.. the gloss is a lifesaver because Akua used to leave me presents and all that from the strangest places.

    My dad put two switches in, one for the heat lamp, and one for the floresent light - both switches are to the same cord that runs through the back...
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    next, we Tiled the whole thing, i made the floor a different color tile incase i didnt want to put an actual substrate in.
    [[pictured is where we ran the wires for the lighting - there will be one heat lamp and one floresent light ]]
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    Here is where we ran the one cord from the switches - so we can plug the cage in and only use one spot on the electrical socket
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    Cords are all in place, and heat lamp isnt in yet.
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    Bathroom Basket from walmart - $4
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    NOTE : you can make your own heat lamp cage, but if you go the route i did and buy a bathroom basket thing from walmart. PUT A THINER HEAT RESISTANT SCREEN ON IT. my largest ball python [originally housed in this cage] shoved himself in through a larger hole and lets just say hes ok now, but hes very accident pr dumb snake. any way

    Here is the cage with everything but the glass in, we put a shelf in as you could see in a previous photo... that shelf is now larger and has a partial wall built on to help make a better heat gradient.
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    Here is the lighting.
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    Another thing, we made the glass the same size as the plastic screen we took off the TV, we siliconed around the glass to make the cage leak resistant. every corner is siliconed as well.

    Here is what we have done to the heat lamp cage,
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    We also cut a large vent hole on the top of the cage on the opposite side of the heat lamp...
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    We drilled some holes along the side support things that were in the TV houseing, These are used for putting fake plants when they are used.
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    And here is the cage all done up awaiting my JCP!
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    Thanks for looking, its about as good of a tutorial i could make =D
    -Sara

    P.S. any questions just ask me! im totally open to helping people with this kinda stuff... (oh and the original design for the BP only costed me around $70 - $80 finished)
     
  2. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    thats a very interesting use for a TV. :D never would have thought about using that as an enclosure.
     
  3. Colleen

    Colleen Elite Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    Thanks for the ideas!!!
     
  4. Passion4Pythons

    Passion4Pythons Active Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    No prob, yeah it was after i had pulled back part of the screen to see what exactly was in the TV that i realized i could turn it into a cage =D

    Oh and as for the branches, i drilled a hole into them and then into the place i wanted them to go and screwed them in lol

    if i had the spair time and money i would make some and sell them... smaller ones any way, but i dont have time right now... =/
     
  5. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    Great job and nice pics. Looks awesome.
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    You did a fine job!
    I was a bit concerned at first about that basket you were using to cover the light since the holes in it were large enough for a snake to get thru to the heat lamp. Then I saw in the other pictures you had enclosed the whole thing in a finer mesh screen.
     
  7. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    wow great idea! Makes me sick when I think of the of the big screen tv that my neighbor threw out and the garbage picked up!
    But now I know;)
     
  8. Passion4Pythons

    Passion4Pythons Active Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    yeah, but most of the time cruddy tvs are plastic, so its harder to do alot with, in my case the entire body was wood. now if i could find another one like that for cheep. i would do it different, like split it into two longer cages, brighter lighting. and depending on what i was housing, a different way to get into it, possibly front drop down doors, or sliding glass front.

    but you know... whats done is done.
    but i love the back door, its great for cleaning. =D
     
  9. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    Very well done! I love the looks of it, and it is very roomy.
     
  10. Passion4Pythons

    Passion4Pythons Active Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    very roomy =] actually when i painted the edges of the new shelf/part wall i was sitting in it =D im about 5'6" and i still had a little room to move around =D
     
  11. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    how did you connect the front glass? Really curious!
     
  12. Passion4Pythons

    Passion4Pythons Active Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    on the tv originally there were these metal things to hold the plastic screen on, all i didn was mark what one went where because i was unsure if they were the same size, and take them off. and then when time came to put the glass on we just cut the glass the same size as the original screen, popped it in there, screwed the holder things on.

    the metal things are also adapter type things for the original plastic frame to click back onto the tv, making it look more clean.

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    We also siliconed all around the inside edge of the glass or whatever to stop it from rattleing around, and also make it so that substrate and stuff woundt fall through and make a mess. =D
     
  13. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    Oh I see. You gain access from the back!
     
  14. Passion4Pythons

    Passion4Pythons Active Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    yep =]
    its a big drop down door, with the bolt locks on each side... makes it nice cause its heavy so when little kids come over i just roll it up against a wall and then people cant get into it =D
     
  15. The D

    The D Mango Empress

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    That's very clever! great use for an old tv!
     
  16. Drache Dame

    Drache Dame Elite Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    Wow that's a beautiful cage. Excellent work transforming it! I'm jealous!
     
  17. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    Re: Kinda a how to on the TV JCP cage...

    looks nice.

    if it still looks like a real tv, it's even nicer.
     
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