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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:46 am 
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I've just had 6 trays made from 9mm hardwood ply. Ive just got to paint and varnish them and I'm considering aluminium edging. Total cost of wood cut to size for me was £42.36.
I'll let you all know how they cope...

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:50 pm 
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Bumping this thread as I'm joining the 'perspex trays' brigade, although mine will have a metal inner-tray within the base just in case of Molly related incidents (she's a teeny tiny Houdini).

I've ordered 200mm backs and sides, and a 150mm front, as my girls have taken to pushing all the substrate onto the back wall and making proper burrows since I started mixing aubiose into the card. I'll hang a climbing net over the back in case anyone needs a hand getting over the wall onto the bars.

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:35 pm 
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I've also ordered the plastic to make trays for my new SRS :D
I am going to solvent weld the pieces together with solvent weld glue hopefully which will give a strong result.


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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 31, 2016 9:50 pm 
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Well, I ordered my pre-cut acrylic sheets as specced in this thread a few pages back. They arrived well packaged, and today I have made up the 2 trays. I used a specialist outdoor clear conservatory roofing tape to assemble the pieces (because I already had this), and then glued/sealed the joins with silicone afterwards. Unfortunately I was out of clear silicone and hadn't realised- so had to use white. I don't think this will show once the trays are installed anyway.

One tray I have made a rat-sized hole in the corner where the exit to the lower deck of the SRS is. I decided I didn't need a large rectangular hole here as they can always customise my hole if they want :lol:

Now just waiting for the sealant to go off before I install them in the cage. Looking forward to a mess free floor.

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:28 am 
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I'm on the brink of ordering trays too! What measurements have you opted for, and where from?

Also - the company I've been talking to (sheetplastics) sell industry strength superglue so I was planning to use that... has anyone used a different sort of glue?

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 8:09 pm 
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cyber ratty wrote:
I'm on the brink of ordering trays too! What measurements have you opted for, and where from?

Also - the company I've been talking to (sheetplastics) sell industry strength superglue so I was planning to use that... has anyone used a different sort of glue?


I ordered from sheetplastics.co.uk
These are the sizes for an SRS in 4mm acrylic (you would need to alter these if you went for a different thickness)- copied from a kind member's post earlier in the thread. Measurements were spot on- good tight fit. If you wanted them to be very easy to slide out then you might want to knock a few mm off the width of it (i.e. make the base maybe 890mm wide not 895). Mine I don't intend to remove very often so a tight fit is good.

Base: 895mm x 600mm
Front and back: 895mm x 150mm (that can just be however tall you want it)
Sides: 592mm x 150mm

I did consider gluing mine- you can use an acrylic solvent weld cement to do this. I only had PVC solvent cement in the garage which is the wrong sort for acrylic so I taped it instead. This is the kind of stuff that should be able to do it:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tasma-Products- ... B0053WXLVU

This is the kind of tape I used. It's invisible pretty much once applied, and very water resistant. Since it will be on the outside only the rats can't get to it to chew. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gorilla-Water ... SwcBhWXe1a


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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 1:45 am 
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Here's my 2 acrylic trays installed- pretty invisible in situ!
No more substrate on the floor 8-)

I've removed the 2 shelves and tried to arrange the accessories to minimise the risk of doddery poorly Kevin falling since he is very weak and clumsy now. Since he prefers to hang out mostly in a Sputnik I've put his water and litter tray not far away so he doesn't have to go down very often unless he wants to. I also tend to pass him food where he is, bless him.

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:34 am 
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They look very snug fitting, lovely!

How do they react if they clear away the substrate in the top tray and are then able to see down into the other half of the cage?

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:25 am 
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They seem to peep down then go and find the hole to pop though to explore down there. I haven't seen anyone fall down the hole yet- but it's only rat diameter so they probably wouldn't just disappear instantly. There's a ladder below to land on if they did :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:08 am 
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Feline wrote:
...These are the sizes for an SRS in 4mm acrylic (you would need to alter these if you went for a different thickness)- copied from a kind member's post earlier in the thread. Measurements were spot on- good tight fit. If you wanted them to be very easy to slide out then you might want to knock a few mm off the width of it (i.e. make the base maybe 890mm wide not 895). Mine I don't intend to remove very often so a tight fit is good.

Base: 895mm x 600mm
Front and back: 895mm x 150mm (that can just be however tall you want it)
Sides: 592mm x 150mm


i know this may be a strange question but the sizes are they height x width or other way round? i'm just trying to work out whats the best for my two boys


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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:17 pm 
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tinks wrote:
...i know this may be a strange question but the sizes are they height x width or other way round? i'm just trying to work out whats the best for my two boys


The 150mm is the height- you could specify higher if you wanted. You don't want it too high though or it would restrict your access for rearranging stuff and cleaning out (I don't intend to remove my trays for cleaning- just use dustpan and brush and wipe the trays over). The 895mm is the width and 600mm the depth. They are obviously fixed measurements to fit the SRS.


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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Thu Aug 11, 2016 7:56 pm 
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At the risk of resurrecting a zombie thread - I'm very excited to say I have just ordered mine . It will be such a relief not to have substrate all over the floor....and hallway...and stairs...and bathrooms.... :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
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I had to repair my plastic tray for explorer recently, as the tape had started to peel away/bulge with substrate etc. So I decided to take it all off. I used Gorilla tape (clear) to stick it back together, and its great - looks lovely as its all clear, and is holding very well so far.

Just thought I'd post - as it was so easy, and ready straight away.

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 11:57 am 
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I'm thinking of getting the perspex trays made and I was just wondering, for the top tray, did anyone request the company (I think sheet plastics) add the hole in the base or did anyone add a hole themselves?

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 Post subject: Re: Who has had explorer/SRS trays made?
 Post Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:25 am 
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I remove the middle floor anyway, so don't need any trays with holes in.

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