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Assembling the Large Sturdy Cage

Click on the links in the text below to see pictures of the parts and assembly.  The product this page refers to is here: Large Sturdy Cage.

1.  Unpack the cage, matching similar size cage metal pieces.  You'll have:

a. Cage Back, and Cage Front with large doors
b. 2 large Bottom Rails for Sides of cage, have a thin wire guide rail
c. 4 Side Panels, with 4 pegs on the long sides, top and bottom
d. 2 Side Panels, same as above but with doors
e. 4 thin Cross-Bars with holes in the middle of both sides, used between two side panels when building the sides of the cage
f.  2 thin Cross-Bars, with middle holes on only one side and threaded holes at the ends, used in between the top side panel and the Cage Top
g. Cage Top, and Cage Bottom with handle

You will also have metal pieces for the Stand - the Stand Ends, Shelf, and Stand Cross Bars with Tabs.  When Cage seats on the Stand, Tabs will be on inside of Bottom of Cage to hold it securely to Stand.

Also provided are bags of screws for cage and lock assembly, a bag with the 4 lock pieces (2 locks) and bolts for the Cage Stand, plus 6 plastic cups, 4 wheels, plastic bottom catch tray, and 3 wood stick perches.

The key to assembling this cage is understanding the difference between the thin Cross-Bars; e. above is used between side panels, f. above between the top side panel and Cage Top.  The Front and Back are single pieces, the side panels stack on the Bottom Rails that attach the Front to the Back, you screw the Top on, slide in the Bottom and Tray, build the Stand, put the Cage on the Stand, add the cups and perches (perches not necessary, up to you) and that's it!

Note: Except for the bolts for the Cage Stand in the lock hardware bag, all screws are the same size, use any of these screws for assembly below.

Cage Assembly

1.  *This step may require two people*  To assemble the cage, screw the Bottom Rails for Sides of cage to the Cage Front panel using the pair of holes on sides of each piece, wire guide rails on the Bottom Rails for Sides facing the "inside" of the cage.  Then attach the Cage Back panel to the side rails in the same manner.  Pictures: attach Rail to Front, attach to Rail Back, Done.

2. There are six side panels, 2 Side Panels with doors, 4 without.  You can mix and stack any 3 on a side.  Now is the time to decide where you would like the side doors - each side, same side, top, bottom, middle?  This is one of the really cool feature of this cage, you can customize for your situation.  The standard setup would be to have these doors at the top, both sides.  Make sure doors open outward when you put these panels on.  For gliders, you should zip tie these small doors shut to prevent escape, along with the 6 small doors on the front.  We have included 8 ties for you with the cage.

3.  Begin assembly of one side by fitting the 4 pegs in any side panel into the holes in the Bottom Rail.  Pictures: Ready?  Done.  Then secure this side panel in place using one of the 4 thin Cross-Bars with holes in the middle, again making sure the pegs align properly with the holes in the bar.  Secure bar with screws into threaded holes on Cage Back and Cage Front frames, see how.  Repeat this process for the other side of the cage.

4.  Start the second tier of side panels for each side, following steps in #3 above.  Repeat again for the 3rd tier of each side panel, except use the cross bars with no middle holes and threaded holes at the ends on top.  Check that all cross bars are screwed into the cage frame.

IMPORTANT: 4 of these cross bars have holes in the middle on both sides to fit these panels.  Two of them have holes in the middle only on one side, and threaded screw holes on top.  These threaded screw holes will be used to  anchor the Cage Top in the next step.

5.  Place the Cage Top (identical to Cage Bottom but no handle) on top of frame (Picture of this) and secure with screws into threaded holes on Cross Bars.  Slide the Cage Bottom in place along the top of the wire guide rails of Bottom Rails for Sides.  Make sure the handle faces outward.  Insert the white plastic tray in the same manner along the square tubes of the Bottom Rails for Sides, just below the Cage Bottom.

Cage Locks

1.  Secure the lock receiver to its allotted space opposite of cage door (pic). 

2.  Attach locking mechanism loosely to the door itself (pic).  Adjust spacing between components by sliding lock mechanism left and right to allow smooth lock operation (pic), then tighten down.

Cage Stand Assembly

It's easy to assemble this stand "backwards and inside out", so please pay attention to the pictures and you will save yourself some time!

1. To assemble the cage stand, first get your hands on the Stand Ends, stand one up on the legs and look for the square metal tube with a hole in it right under the center of the top bar between the curves, see this picture.  This tube is flush (even) with this top bar on one side and indented (set back) on the other.  The flush side must face toward the center of the stand in order to properly secure the cage through this screw hole in later steps.

2.  Attach the cross-bars to the curved supports using the shorter bolts from the lock bag.  The tabs on the cross-bars should be pointed up and on the inside of the cage stand, see this picture.   The cage will rest on these cross-bars, and the metal tabs will hold it in place.

3. Slide the Shelf across the lower bars on the Stand Ends (see this pic again) and bolt on using the longer bolts though the 4 holes.  Push the wheels into  the plastic bushings on the underside of the Stand Ends legs.  Make sure the wheels are securely attached.

4.  *This step may require two people*  Lift the cage onto the stand, making sure the cage rests on the cross bars with the tabs on the inside of the cage. Then, attach cage to stand by running a screw through the hole in the square metal tube from step 1 above and into the Bottom Rails for Sides, like this.

5.  Congrats, you are done!

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