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Old 01-02-2021, 12:48 PM   #1
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I thought of making a bin cage to upgrade my hamster's cage. The only bin I could find that was bigger than his current cage is the 145 L RUB. I know that those bins from that brand are very stiff from the thick plastic. So does anyone have any ideas of how to cut the ventilation window at the top? Thanks
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Old 01-04-2021, 06:53 AM   #2
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I have a bin cage too, I used a dremel when cutting through the plastic.
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Old 01-04-2021, 08:32 AM   #3
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Same here. I have made many bin cages using a Dremel cutting tool with a plastic cutting disc attachment.

It's easier to drill the holes first for the cable ties and then cut the square for the mesh but first of all i'd cut the mesh to the required size with a wire cutter and mark the location of the holes to be drilled with an electric drill.
You'll need to cut out and mesh a front window as well aside from a meshed lid so the hamster can see out. I also add a back vent for extra ventilation.

The rub is in fact easier to cut than other cheaper boxes.
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Old 01-04-2021, 09:07 AM   #4
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I'd just like to add that regardless of how you cut the bin, make sure you do it outside due to fumes and plastic dust/small pieces of plastic - preferably outside on top of something to keep the plastic bits from getting all over the ground if possible.
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Old 01-05-2021, 12:05 AM   #5
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I use a heavy duty plastic & laminate cutting knife for mine, had to score the plastic a couple of times but it cut through the RUB easily & cleanly no problem, unfortunately the one I had from amazon is no longer available so no link but I’m sure they are out there either on amazon or DIY shops.
Some people use a soldering iron to cut through the plastic, haven’t tried it myself though & a bit messy I would think!
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Old 01-05-2021, 01:02 AM   #6
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As mentioned above, the Rub bins are supposed to be much easier to cut than most bins. The roof is quite flat too so you would want to cut out the whole top panel, just leaving the rim, and mesh that. To attach mesh, people either tape it on the outside with masking tape. Or punch holes with a soldering iron and attach the mesh through the holes with cable ties.

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