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Homemade Perches

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Old 04-29-2016, 05:18 PM   #1
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Homemade Perches

Hey everyone, I got a question regarding natural wood perches for those of you that either buy them or make them yourselves. I really like making my own but I've noticed that the perches have a tendency to rotate no matter how tight I seem to make the wing nut (without breaking the cage). Does anyone else have this issue or knows what might be causing it? Is the washer that goes on the inside of the cage supposed to be glued to the perch or something?
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Old 04-29-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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I have no experience making my own perches yet, but I would think that glueing the washer to the perch could definitely help! Although it might be difficult to find something which can glue wood and metal together...

If you're afraid of damaging your cage, perhaps it would be an idea to use larger washers (but with the same hole size, to make sure the bolt doesn't have too much "wiggle room") on the in- and outside of the cage? I suppose that that way, more of the cage's wires will be sandwiched between the two washers and they can 'carry' more weight.

I've also seen people simply cutting a slit down the wood on each end, so that the perch can be pushed in place between two sides of the cage.
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I think your hanger bolt isn't in tight enough potentially. Do you have washers on the inside and outside of the cage?

I don't have this issue usually.
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Hmmm I'm curious about how people cut a slit down each end... Do you have a picture of how this is done? I think I get what you mean, but I'd like to be certain.

The bolt is actually glued into the branch, so I'm pretty certain that isn't the problem, unless the glue failed. I have a washer on the inside and outside.
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I have no ideas, it sounds like you have it the way I would do it , if I made my own....... can it just be a ride instead of a perch?
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Is it an inappropriate fit between the bolt and the wing nut? It may look like it fits, but it's just a bit loose and with time it loosens?

Do you have a picture of what it looks like?
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As a side note, some of my older wood perches do this (especially the softer woods) because with multiple washings, the wood deteriorates and the bolt just doesn't hold and when I tighten the wing nut, essentially the wood is giving way.
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Worst drawing ever, made it on my phone, but I guess it'll have to do since I can't find an image of it on google images :P

The lines "through" the stick would be the slits I was talking about. And you would put one of the wires through there. Does that make sense?
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Makes perfect sense. Just like the crappy dowel perches they sell or that come with cages. I could probably combine that idea with the screw in the middle and just use a washer on the outside. I'll have to try it and see what I can come up with! As far as the bolts not fitting, part of the problem could be that I couldn't actually find hanger bolts so I'm just using screws with the head cut off. The wing nuts fit perfectly so that isn't the issue and the perches are brand new so softening of the wood isn't likely either.
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Hey everyone, I got a question regarding natural wood perches for those of you that either buy them or make them yourselves. I really like making my own but I've noticed that the perches have a tendency to rotate no matter how tight I seem to make the wing nut (without breaking the cage). Does anyone else have this issue or knows what might be causing it? Is the washer that goes on the inside of the cage supposed to be glued to the perch or something?
does yours come with large washers. I find if you have the washers in place one inside cage, one outside cage near wing nut...no problem! They do come loss once in awhile. I just tighten and good to go for another couple of months.
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