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Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35774
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 10:14 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I was going to try these. You would want 10 or 20 mesh. I know it's not quite long enough, but could you leave 4cm at either end of the original draw bottom?


https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mesh-Woven-Stainless-Steel-sheet/dp/B00B6CBMR6/ref=pd_sim_201_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=TK2Z3BQ0AVKCMW3QHVED

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35774
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

onemanband wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
onemanband wrote:
here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry


Bother, they can't do the dimensions I need.

............. The holes I need are 0.5mm and 1-2 mm......


You sure ?

Aperture size 0.46mm
Sold by square foot from 1.22m wide roll.


Oooh. That looks good.

(I am investigating the same thing as WW)

ETA: It's 35 mesh and 10 mesh.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14676
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
onemanband wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
onemanband wrote:
here you go

Expect delivery on a massively oversize lorry


Bother, they can't do the dimensions I need.

............. The holes I need are 0.5mm and 1-2 mm......


You sure ?

Aperture size 0.46mm

Sold by square foot from 1.22m wide roll.


Oooh. That looks good.

(I am investigating the same thing as WW)

ETA: It's 35 mesh and 10 mesh.


I emailed and they replied and said they had nothing in 'them sizes' I found the whole website a pain, which is why I emailed and they said no (I did point out I could cut down larger dimensions)

Amazon and eBay have a couple of places with the right aperture sizes, but all in a4 sheets, which are too small. I've already cut the bottoms, so I need the right sizes. Gah, no wonder I everyone thinks I'm bonkers.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35774
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ah, I didn't realise you'd already cut them. Could you put the A4 sheets in a frame and attach the frame to the bottom?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14676
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Possibly. It would be much, much easier to buy sheets the right size, though. How hard can it be?!

onemanband



Joined: 26 Dec 2010
Posts: 1412
Location: NCA90
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:


I emailed and they replied and said they had nothing in 'them sizes' I found the whole website a pain, which is why I emailed and they said no (I did point out I could cut down larger dimensions)


Yeh their website does need some work - sods law it's always the bit you want that has no(or the wrong)description. Other than that and the massive lorries, they are a good resource for metal items. I mainly use for handrailing and gate parts. Their mesh accessories might be of interest to some on here - I recently knocked up a rooftop cat run for a customer using mesh and their clips and brackets.

You said nylon mesh is too saggy - what about supporting it in on a sheet of, say, 1inch steel mesh ?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32230
Location: yes
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 16 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

what ever you eventually use corrosion resistant and easy clean is good for insect cages .

as is construction that prevents skps ,i had many a happy time hunting stick insects, locusts, meal worm beetles ,blue bottles etc etc

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14676
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 16 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I must stop sorting them out on the dining table. I removed an escaped worm as we were having dinner with guests yesterday (it's their own fault, we never use the dining table ourselves, the breakfast bar being completely adequate. But FIL has principles about Sitting At The Table For Meals. I CBA finding the wretched table under the days accumuation of stuff (largely his), so it's his own lookout)

I have considered supporting mesh, but I can't think of a good way to secure it. I was using duct tape, but it kept failing and also the worms work their way under the tape, which can't be fun for them and they crunch when you accidentally squish them. Clearly I have a high threshold of icky, as I have worms in my dining room, but I don't like the way they crunch/squish. There's a reason I don't eat prawns.

RichardW



Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 8413
Location: Llyn Peninsular North Wales
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 16 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Try contacting engineering companies to make them for you out of stainless sheet.

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 5644
Location: East london/Essex
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 16 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RichardW wrote:
Try contacting engineering companies to make them for you out of stainless sheet.

you could pm Gareth from on here, he doesn't come in much but he is certianly able to knock them up for you and he may well pick your brains on the keeping and breeding on them...

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 16 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As in Sally's Gareth?

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 16 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My only idea is maybe lab or scientific supplies? Fruit flies are a) used a lot and b) need fine mesh?

Pilsbury



Joined: 13 Dec 2004
Posts: 5644
Location: East london/Essex
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 16 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
As in Sally's Gareth?

sorry no there is a member on here with the username Gareth, he doesn't come in often but he is around and an engineer with his own fabricating business.
He is also my sons godfather so I knkw he is an ok bloke lol.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 32230
Location: yes
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 16 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
My only idea is maybe lab or scientific supplies? Fruit flies are a) used a lot and b) need fine mesh?


fruit flies are normally contained in a tube or bottle with a bit of cotton wool . super fine nylon tuille is often used for bigger cages to put the tubes in .

tim_and_nicky



Joined: 28 Nov 2008
Posts: 260
Location: Beautiful Galicia, NW Spain
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 16 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We bred fruit flies in plastic pint glasses with kitchen roll cover secured with an elastic band. It worked well and few escapes.

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