26 June 2016

Building A Large Hamster Cage | The Billy XL | Vlog

Now that our kitten Elizabeth is old enough to roam the apartment unsupervised at night and when we aren't home we no longer had any use for the room that ...

hey guys we are back to the cage DIYs

because today I am once again extending potassium's cage but in a different way - last time that's why I'm making a whole new video on it if you don't know already potassium is our dwarf hamster and this is his cage it is the DIY Billy cage which I have a tutorial on on my channel I will link that below this is actually two Billy cages there's one there's the other and yes I'm wearing pyjamas don't they look fancy and they're joined together by a simple doorway that is cut between the two so again if you're interested in building a cage like this I will link the tutorial in the description box below so this time instead of extending potassium cage lengthways I am going to be extending it with weights and I'm also going to be removing the center walls so that potassium has one large open space cage this thing is going to be massive this isn't a step-by-step tutorial this is going to be more of a vlog style video I'm just going to talk you through what I'm doing as I do it to extend this cage so a slightly different kind of DIY video hopefully some of you guys will enjoy it anyway the first thing I'm going to be doing is preparing these two

cages because what I want to do is remove this wall and this wall on both of the cages so this wall and this wall this one so that's the first step I'm going to get on and do that and then I'm going to talk through what I do next one question a lot of people asked me in the past is how you actually remove silicon where you want to take the cage apart when you want to edit it like I'm doing the easiest way to take silicon off is by using a chemical that is designed to remove silicon you can use you buy those in the same DIY stores that you buy the silicon from usually in the same area however I don't have that chemical so what I'm going to be doing is using a simple crafting knife is a very sharp one so a fairly new blade in it not brand new I should probably put around really but this will very easily slice through with the silicon so I'm just going to carefully guide it through and that will remove it so I slice this down the silicon as close to the glass as I can get and I haven't actually removed the silicon because I'm going to be taking this wall off anyway so the silicon will stay stuck to this wall so it will come off in one piece but glass

will remain in the cage because it is still attached here and here buy more silicone now I've just got to figure out how to reverse IKEA this thing well it took a bit of fiddling but I did eventually figure out how to take the walls off I've done to both sides and Kjus or an agency what I'm left with there we go it is just with the fronts of the cage of the side and the back is there missing and there is no wall in the middle now you might see here there is a slight gap between the glass but it's going to be sorted in a little bit so don't you worry about that so move those side now because I don't need those for the time being and I'm going to get to work building the two extra Billy extensions these are going to be creating the width on the cage they are the exact same Billy extensions and I bought for the Billy cage itself they are the larger Billy extensions for the billy bookcase they come from Ikea it is the only place you can get them the Billy range is an Ikea range so unfortunately you can't get this anywhere else but they cost 25 euros each I can see a little bit much but when you build a cage slowly like I have

it works out fairly cheap for a filling massive cage by the end of it as with all IKEA furniture these do come up with their own instructions for building them they come with all the little bits and pieces the little screws and putting it together and for the most part I will be following in with the following and the instructions however I will be leaving off one of the sidewalls like I have done with those two so where I've removed a sidewall of each of those I will be leaving one off as I build these you'll see what I mean when I finish building them so I'm going to get along with that and then we'll see what these look like now finished put those together I do apologise for how bad the lighting is getting it is getting dark outside so the lighting is gradually going to get worse and worse this video goes on ya have been warned but I finished putting these together and this is the results there as you can see I have left on one wall on this one and the opposite wall on the other Billy extension and I'm sure you can already see where I am going with this now because what will be happening is I'm going to be joining

these two together to create the back half of the cage and joining the other two parts together to create the front half and then joining those two halves together so you can already get a good picture of what the cage is going to look like by the end of it now I can't just go ahead and do that and there'd be absolutely no problem the cage would be fantastic however I do want to put this cage onto a set of legs onto its own surface so to do that I'm going to be taking a large piece of wood and I'm going to be attaching each section of the cage onto that word and that's actually going to give it a bit more stability so the cage doesn't hold pieces it will still be easy to take apart when we need to move which is so the main goal of cages with me because it's really hard to travel when you have super big cages so I like the cage to be able to come to pieces and be really easy to travel with but I'm going to be attaching it a single large piece of wood and I'm going to be attaching a set of legs to that piece of wood change the camera angle so you can get slightly better view of what's going on here so this is

my piece of wood I have marked out when Center is on this so I know where I'm to each section of the cage also on the base of this piece of wood you can see these four circular things and those are attachments for some legs like sidewalk from I hear they are at two years fifty each I cannot remember the name of them but I will check out whatever on screen now because you interested so those the attachments for legs the legs just screw on that and that's what they're called first just to make things a little easier for me now I'm going to line up each section of the cage with the lines I have on here and then I'm going to screw them down onto the work and that is going to be what keeps them all together that's going to be obvious and they're security and also that is this is what's going to act as the base for me to turn it into a greatest cage so why should note is that this is smaller than the cage itself I've done that on purpose because this cage does have a slight lip underneath because it isn't meant to be a cage it's supposed to be a piece of furniture and so to prevent the lip from lifting the cage and bone Center bowing from the way of the

substrate I have purposely chosen something it's slightly smaller I probably could have done something maybe a little longer but well we'll work with it album so there's no real plan of action here I'm just going to shove a few screws into this this is only mellow mine so it will go in very easily this is only a pine so again school go to that easily and just going to screw it down to the base so there we are it is nice and secure and now we're just going to go ahead and repeat that with the other three pieces and the cage finally start to come together so there is the gist of the cage there's still some things that need to be done but you can already see how big it is I don't know if this proves having ears or just how small I am because I'm a pretty tiny person but I could actually yeah try this quite easily well that's quite relaxing actually there we go this thing is now looking pretty awesome all that's left to do is to attach the legs to the bottom and then I'm going to burst a bit of aquarium silicone between this gap in the glass it does then have to wait for 48 hours before I can put potassium back in it but he's quite happy he is in his

larger travel cage he's gonna be okay in there for just a couple of days and so yeah then the cage will be pretty much done before I add the silicon to the glass I do want to show you guys the lid to this cage because although it does look a little fancy it is just a basic frame the same as I've made for all of my other DIY cages you can make these back to you any cage if you wanted to all you have to do is measure the length and the width of your cage that will give you the length and width measurements that you need for your wood and then you just take your full piece of wood and you attach them together into a rectangular frame these ones on the outside you can see just ignore the a bits of wood in the middle you can just see a nice simple frame around the outside create that frame and then you just attach mesh to the back of the frame now if you're making a big lid like this you may want to add some extra support beams that is what these are they're just support beams to stop the mesh from bending inwards and going out of sheath so if you made a big lid that is something you want to consider but for a smaller bit

you probably won't even need to worry about it you may just see one support beam in the middle but these are really really straightforward and easy to make you should have a couple of screws in to attach the wood together and a couple of nails a couple use new nails for the mesh you can use screws yeah whatever you want to use to attach the mesh to the back and that's it you have a really secure really nice looking lid so now I'm going to go and do the silicon like I said I would and I'm going to leave it to set for a couple of days and then I'm going to come back and show you guys what it looks like in a few days time so it's been a couple of days now the silicon has a time to cure and potassium has moved in he's had a great time exploring although he's definitely made things a big mess it wasn't this messy yesterday oh well that's what happens when you have houses but then you go and see what the cage looks like as a finished result it doesn't have any kind of see one thing going on I have just thrown a few of those favorite toys in there just so that you can have a play around and get used to the new environment so I

won't be doing a cage dog before in alas but there are obviously future cage doors going up with lovely fun exciting theme so you can look forward to those before I bring this video to a close I have an answer a couple of common questions that I usually get with these kind of cage videos the first being how much did this cage cost in total and you have to bear in mind I did buy this cage a bit at a time it's taken me I think about seven months to get it to this size why just buying small pieces and join them together until I got this massive thing but I worked out that the total cost with each of the extension units being about 25 years each the glass being about nine years and the cost for the lid and everything it comes to about 130 to 140 euros and yes that does sound like a huge amount of money like I said when you buy it in small amounts it doesn't work out quite so expensive or lease it doesn't feel quite so expensive the second question I always get is how big is the cage in centimeters and in square inches and I do have to remeasure this so I will just put these sizes up on screen it is a significantly sized cage though

attacking definitely has a lot of space you can see running range is how small is in comparison to the cage so you've got loads of exploring space and my favorite thing about is the thing I'm looking forward to the most about all of this face is that it's going to allow me to do a lot more extravagant cage themes the one thing I didn't like about my cages before so it was difficult to make really nice really well put together cases at least I felt it was and this is going to make things so much easier for me so I'm really excited for that the final question I always get asked is how much did it cost me to fill the cage with substrate and I use a mixture of flax and Aspen and this cage cost me 15 years to Filch I think is pretty good but with larger cages especially cages as large as this you can usually go 4 or 5 weeks sometimes more without having to do a full cage clean air you do of course have to spot clean regularly as you do with any cage but because you don't have to do a full clean air as frequently that does made substrate cheap because you're not buying it as often so there we go I hope you guys enjoyed this video and enjoyed watching

me build this cage and hopefully it's giving you some inspiration for your future cages if you enjoyed the video please don't forget to leave a thumbs up you can also share with your friends and subscribe to the channel if you haven't already thank you again for watching and I'll see you next time bye bye