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How do I build glass sides and doors for a reptile enclosure or cage?

I have a chinese water dragon. He is still a baby but I'm looking to build him a bigger cage as he will grow to possibly three feet in length. I've searched the net for ideas on his cage and I'd like to use glass or plexi-glass on the sides and front of the cage. Even though I've looked at all the youtube videos I can find and any free plans I can find, I can't find a good way to build doors with glass, or plexi-glass, in them. I might just go with a sliding door but I'd prefer a door or two similar to a cabinet door. The opening is most likely going to be about 4 feet high. I also can't figure out how to attach the side, glass/plexi-glass, panels.I have basic tools but I don't consider myself a great carpenter. In other words, it needs to be simple.Any suggestions/help would be wonderful.

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I would go with the plexi. That way you could make a wooden frame (or metal if you wanted) and then just drill the plexi (very slowly as to not crack it) and then screw it into the frame that you have made. Once you have that done you can focus on the doors. I would suggest making them in the same fashion. Once you have everything assembled you should seal it up. For this i suggest using "aquarium silicone" (use this because it is animal safe). You can get it any Lowe's or Home Depot (it should be near the paints and glues). *NOTE* -If you plan on building this way it is very important to remember that you need air holes or screening so the animal can breathe. For this you can either drill more holes in the plexi, or use some sort of screen for the roof- I hope this has given you some more ideas on how to make an enclosure that will not only house your larger animal, but also look decent doing it :)
Apr 14, 2017
Have you considered scrubbing it with disinfectant, then spraying a sealant over the top of the current paintjob and then once that has fully cured, then re-repainting it to the colour you want (in a paint that won't harm your pet) ? it's the best idea i have.
Apr 14, 2017

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