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k_schutte
07-08-2009, 08:06 PM
I have a 128ft^3 box that needs to be sealed on the inside as it will be subject to lots of moisture and 70% humidity it's whole existance... Figured people on here might no about sealing wood so... Obivously looking to do it as cheap as possible, the inside bottom will be covered with indoor/outdoor carpet so I am sure i will need to go extra there...

BeAlLsTaR13
07-08-2009, 08:07 PM
caulk..silicon...

bubbagumper6
07-08-2009, 08:08 PM
Sealing the corners? Or sealing the wood itself?

Scoobydoo
07-08-2009, 08:10 PM
on the streets on NY we call a box that big a home

k_schutte
07-08-2009, 08:11 PM
Sealing the wood itself... so it doesn't rot out and be **** in a matter of weeks.

the box is 4ft X 4ft X 8ft. As stated above the inside will be subject to 80*-90* temps and roughly 70% humidity at all times.


on the streets on NY we call a box that big a home
it will be home to an Albino Burmese Python

l7runner
07-08-2009, 08:12 PM
Use a primer/sealer like Kilz...then go over it with a coat of polyurethane

Scoobydoo
07-08-2009, 08:12 PM
deck waterseal

http://www.thompsonswaterseal.com/

rival904
07-08-2009, 08:19 PM
Fiberglass resin?

k_schutte
07-08-2009, 08:19 PM
deck waterseal

http://www.thompsonswaterseal.com/

Literaly just on that site... That was the first thing to pop into my head but that ***** isn't cheap... I paint houses for a living and have access to a ton of paint... I was thinking about just throwing some primer and then exterior house paint on there. I mean if this stuff holds up for decades on the outside of a house it should last pretty decently i would think...

Zakerid
07-08-2009, 08:25 PM
would that be healthy for the snake?

Ellsworthz
07-08-2009, 08:26 PM
****, I was hoping for a like 25 18's or something...

BeAlLsTaR13
07-08-2009, 08:26 PM
umm... seal it with cement?

bubbagumper6
07-08-2009, 08:27 PM
Yeah dude, you need to make sure whatever you use, won't harm the snake.

jpexpc
07-08-2009, 08:28 PM
http://www.keepcondom.com/images/products/t_magnumxl_l_12box1.jpg
:fyi:

Scoobydoo
07-08-2009, 08:33 PM
put an ad on craigslist, maybe someone has some water seal left over from a project so you dont have to buy a whole $60 gallon

k_schutte
07-08-2009, 08:58 PM
I am sure that paint wouldn't hurt the snake at all... Don't see why it would i mean all of our houses are covered in the stuff inside and out and we don't seem to mind...

I will have to look into it to be 100% sure but i am pretty sure it would be OK. I think the primer/paint will be my direction. I can do that for free, we have a bunch of left over paint at work taking up space...

WrenchGuy
07-08-2009, 09:02 PM
Mortar it.

k_schutte
07-08-2009, 09:15 PM
Mortar it.

would that stick?

The only thing I am really looking to do is obviously keep the wood from soaking up moisture and rotting. I like the mortar idea, something to give it a more "outdoor" feel for the snake but I don't know anything about it. I don't want anything too rough that will scratch the **** out of it if he rubs up on it or anything like that...

k_schutte
07-08-2009, 09:17 PM
Mortar is a no go...

pet store guy says "marine epoxy" or spray truck bed liner woudl work or just get a bunch of silicone and smear that all over the inside... not really cheap though.

He said the paint would work but that it would eventualy peel and bubble just like it does on houses over the years... The paint we use is like 40year paint so in this extreme environment i would say it should EASILY last a good 10+ years...

k_schutte
07-08-2009, 10:06 PM
Made my decision... I am going to prime the wood (just because i have a bunch of it) then I am going to line the inside with that cheap plastic stuff you see in bathrooms sometimes... This idea came to me while dropping the cosby kids off at the city pool in my basement bathroom (with the plastic wall *****)

mlstrass
07-09-2009, 12:44 AM
I'd just use pressure treated lumber/plywood and be done with it...

k_schutte
07-09-2009, 01:33 AM
How do I know if it is pressure treated?

It was left over from a house they where building... so it probably is huh?

bubbagumper6
07-09-2009, 08:18 AM
I am sure that paint wouldn't hurt the snake at all... Don't see why it would i mean all of our houses are covered in the stuff inside and out and we don't seem to mind...

I will have to look into it to be 100% sure but i am pretty sure it would be OK. I think the primer/paint will be my direction. I can do that for free, we have a bunch of left over paint at work taking up space...

You can't say just because it doesn't hurt us, it won't hurt the snake...that's kind of a ridiculous generalization. There's a lot of things that are completely harmless to us but 100% toxic to a snake.

It kind of sounds like you haven't done very much research on how to house a large snake. You should be asking these questions on a good snake forum, where people with experience can help you. You should really do more research before you do something that could possibly hurt/kill your snake.

Try this forum, I've been a member there for awhile, and they've helped me with a lot of stuff.

http://constrictors.com/forums/index.php


Mortar is a no go...

pet store guy says "marine epoxy" or spray truck bed liner woudl work or just get a bunch of silicone and smear that all over the inside... not really cheap though.

He said the paint would work but that it would eventualy peel and bubble just like it does on houses over the years... The paint we use is like 40year paint so in this extreme environment i would say it should EASILY last a good 10+ years...

Honestly, most pet stores are filled with people that absolutely no knowledge, and I wouldn't trust a **** thing they say.

mlstrass
07-09-2009, 10:04 AM
wood sheathing for a house is NOT pressure treated. Go to Home Depot/Menards and find pressure treated wood. Normally has a green tint to it. Or you could look into 4x8 sheets of plastic laminate to line the enclosure.

alvitae
07-09-2009, 10:13 AM
I would think twice before using pressure treated wood. When you are at the lumber store try to find a unit of it with the handling warning still on it and you'll see why. The stuff is nasty toxic. They don't use sugar water to kill bugs for the 40 years it is rated for.