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Our Boys Playstand

We made this play stand for our boys, and they love it. No pattern, just a creative dh who built in ramps and stairs which they love!

We keep changing the toys and the wrap (most is "angry bird" wrap for kids).

Not sure why they went sideways, but if you click on them, they get bigger
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I love your two boys, they are so adorable. In that last photo they are totally posing for the camera, lol.

I really like this and was looking to buy or make something like it. How hard was it? How did you determine a layout? How much were all the supplies? Oh and you said you keep changing the wrap? Why?
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Great set up , the "boys" look very happy.
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they are so adorable!! great job with the play stand
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Looks like fun! Gorgeous birdies too

- Alexandrine parakeets Holly, George, Koda & - Crimson rosella Kasumi Orange winged Amazon parrot Paulie
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I am so excited about this. My husband said he would help me make it--which means I will watch and he works his magic, lol.
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I love your two boys, they are so adorable. In that last photo they are totally posing for the camera, lol.

I really like this and was looking to buy or make something like it. How hard was it? How did you determine a layout? How much were all the supplies? Oh and you said you keep changing the wrap? Why?
We started by buying three 8 ft. lengths of PVC and some elbows and T's. Then of course ran back to the store for more elbows and T's and maybe 8 caps.
40 fittings at $2/ea and about $6 for the 1/2" pipe lengths, so approx $100 to build and then about 6 rolls of wrap to cover up the slippery PVC ($24). Spend a couple of extra bucks to get a hand PVC cutter (about $5) for clean cuts (not a hacksaw), and just push everything together, no glue needed. Then drill holes where you want to add threaded eye hooks where you want to hang toys. I used tie downs for some of the toys because the eye hooks were not in the right places.

Oh, and on the stairs, butt the T's together, put the first T right to the next T to keep the spacing short enough for the birds to climb. Also keep the ramp slope easy for them (one of our three ramps is too steep and they don't really use it). The stairs must also be staggered so they can be climbed (see pic)

I change the wrap periodically due to the dreaded Linnie poop!!! (and I have noticed lately that some of it is getting sticky, which may be from sitting in the sunny window).

Good luck and let me know if you have any more questions.

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I am so excited about this. My husband said he would help me make it--which means I will watch and he works his magic, lol.
Yup, that's just how I made mine!!!
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Oh, and on the stairs, butt the T's together, put the first T right to the next T to keep the spacing short enough for the birds to climb. Also keep the ramp slope easy for them (one of our three ramps is too steep and they don't really use it).
This really helps especially with the pic of the other side. We bought a pvc cutter from amazon. Do you mind me asking the dimensions? I might make mine a little taller as it looks like yours might be only about a foot off of the ground from the lowest level? I have small dogs so I don't like the birds close to the ground otherwise I wouldn't mind.

I am toying with the idea of something else to wrap the pvc, I haven't had good luck with it in the past getting gooey and stuff.

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You are correct, ours is about a foot off the floor at the lowest level. We wanted them to be able to walk since Comet can't fly yet (his primaries are coming in slowly).

I can get more dimensions tomorrow. The birds are all sleeping now and their room is dark.

Let me know if you figure out an alternate wrap.

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OK, Here are the dimensions:
it's 12" to the bottom of the first layer of pipe
it's 20.5" to the bottom of the second layer of pipe
it's 30.5" to the bottom of the top layer of pipe
the sides are 20.5" square and we made a square around the bottom for stability (and they can also play under the paper sometimes)

Here's a pic from when we were building it.

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OK, Here are the dimensions:
it's 12" to the bottom of the first layer of pipe
it's 20.5" to the bottom of the second layer of pipe
it's 30.5" to the bottom of the top layer of pipe
the sides are 20.5" square and we made a square around the bottom for stability (and they can also play under the paper sometimes)

Here's a pic from when we were building it.

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Thank you so much!!! Wish us luck, lol. Btw, I am thinking of wrapping the climbing surfaces with hemp instead. It handles water well for wiping/hosing down etc. I have had good experiences with it on other things. Another person suggested using a rasp to rough up the surface of the pipe for easier gripping but I am still concerned that the pvc diameter might be to thick to grip (for the little guys) if it isn't a soft surface. Any thoughts?

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That's what I did way back when I had made one for my ringneck. Just used some sandpaper to make the surface rough. There are various width PVC, and there are also dowels sold at the hardware store that work for really small birds.

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I think a thicker diameter is fine for just a perch, but for climbing, I am not sure they could climb up a perch that was slanted if it was 1 inch+ unless it was something they could grip with their beak to assist (like rope).

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I think a thicker diameter is fine for just a perch, but for climbing, I am not sure they could climb up a perch that was slanted if it was 1 inch+ unless it was something they could grip with their beak to assist (like rope).
With the wrap, which keeps it from getting to thick, and provides a good grip, our boys RUN up and down the ramps (except the short steep part of the one top ramp), and the steps with no problem - Comet lives up to his name with how fast he moves!

Hemp sounds like a good idea. I think our wrap has been on for four months. It wipes off great, but the angry bird stuff is getting sticky. We couldn't find PVC smaller than
1/2"", so that's what the whole thing is made from.

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With the wrap, which keeps it from getting to thick, and provides a good grip, our boys RUN up and down the ramps (except the short steep part of the one top ramp), and the steps with no problem - Comet lives up to his name with how fast he moves!

Hemp sounds like a good idea. I think our wrap has been on for four months. It wipes off great, but the angry bird stuff is getting sticky. We couldn't find PVC smaller than
1/2"", so that's what the whole thing is made from.
Yeah, the sticky part has been my experience and I don't like how it feels.

So your pvc is 1/2 inch in diameter?

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So your pvc is 1/2 inch in diameter?[/QUOTE]
yes, all of it is. It gets larger at the fittings because they have to fit over the 1/2" tubes.

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That is awesome!! Thanks for all the info!! Going to try it too as soon as I can! Great job!!


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Thanks, I can't wait to see pics of everyone's new play stands - we may get some new ideas!

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Beautiful playstand, I love to see your fids enjoying it.
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Do you have any tips on how you got the measurements so perfect when you cut the pipe to fit in the t-joints so that the whole thing stays square? Can't wait to get started!


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