Sharp Hardware Cloth

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  1. Sep 1, 2017 #1

    Faint

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    Hi how do you get rid of the sharp edges after you've cut hardware cloth to fit the ferret nations? We tried sand paper blocks but it just stabbed through. Is there anything we could put on a drill to be faster or just a metal file? And if so what kind of metal file there's a million different kinds.
     
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    sorry, no idea as never used it
    all I know is that it is fastened on the outside of the cage
     
  3. Sep 1, 2017 #3

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    I following a tutorial for fastening on the inside as it looks nicer and it makes the chance of them getting anything stuck between the cage and wire apparently
     
  4. Sep 2, 2017 #4

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    You can use metal files. A dremmel would make things easier.
     
  5. May 6, 2018 #5

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    Do you have a link to a tutorial?! I want to put wire on inside but only find videos for outside
     
  6. May 6, 2018 #6

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    DON'T put it on the inside! you'll never get every little pokey bit smooth enough not to stab or scratch, and that stuff will hold pee & germs. They'll run around and want to climb, if they get poked or even scratched with that stuff they could end up with a costly & painful infection or abscess.
    Also, that stuff is fine on the outside of the cage short-term til they grow if your bars are too wide, but it absorbs pee smells and you can't get it clean, it will be full of germs & stink in time..
    If your kids are small you're better to save your energy and spring for a smaller closer-barred cage til they are safe in the ferret nation..
     
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    I agree with Fidget, wrap it on the outside for sure.
     
  8. May 9, 2018 #8

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    When I had to cover my wire cage for small babies, I used duct tape on the sharp ends. I folded the tape so that it would stick to itself on the ends rather than wrapping it around tightly so the wire could just poke through. It didn't work incredibly well, but it did the job for the time I needed it. I think that any file that you can find at a hardware store with a straight edge would work just fine, just be sure to file all around the sides of the sharp edge to make sure that they won't still hurt you or the ratties. I believe the files with finer teeth will give you a smoother edge if they're anything like sandpaper.
     

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