Pets & Animal Dog Breeds

How to Build a Weaning Box

    • 1). Measure, mark and cut eight 36-inch lengths of PVC with a PVC saw or cutter. Sand the ends of the pipe carefully with all-purpose sandpaper to remove any rough edges.

    • 2). Measure, mark and cut eight 22-inch lengths of PVC. Again, sand the ends of the pipe carefully to remove any rough edges.

    • 3). Measure, mark and cut 24 1 1/2-inch lengths of PVC. Sand the ends of the pipe carefully to remove any rough edges.

    • 4). Create the top rails of the pen by attaching a "T" connector to each end of four 36-inch lengths of PVC. Tap the connectors firmly into place with the rubber mallet. Ensure that both "T" connectors attached to the pipe face in the same direction (i.e., in the same plane).

    • 5). Insert a 1 1/2-inch piece of PVC into the open end of each "T" connector on the ends of the top rails so the short pieces of PVC are parallel to the top rail. Tap the short pieces of PVC firmly into place with the rubber mallet.

    • 6). Build the bottom rails by attaching a cross connector to each end of the four remaining 36-inch lengths of PVC. Tap the connectors firmly into place with the rubber mallet. Ensure that both cross connectors attached to the bottom rail face in the same direction -- the pipe and connectors should lie flat, with both connectors in the same plane.

    • 7). Insert a 1 1/2-inch piece of PVC into the open end of each cross connector on the ends of the bottom rails, so the short pieces of PVC are parallel to the top rail. Tap the short pieces of PVC firmly into place with the rubber mallet.

    • 8). Add feet to the bottom rail by inserting a 1 1/2-inch piece of PVC into another open end of each cross connector on the ends of the bottom rails so the short pieces of PVC are perpendicular to the top rail -- both PVC feet should be on the same side of the bottom rail. Tap the PVC feet firmly into place with the rubber mallet. Add plastic PVC caps to the feet, and tap them firmly into place.

    • 9). Connect pairs of top and bottom rails together using 22-inch pieces of PVC to create a rectangle. Insert the vertical PVC rails into the open ends of the "T" and cross connectors, and tap the connectors firmly onto the vertical rails with the rubber mallet.

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      Form the pen into a square using elbow connectors. Attach connectors to the short PVC pieces that extend from the "T" and cross connectors parallel to the top and bottom rails.

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      Wrap the pen with hardware cloth. Fold the ends of the cloth outward to ensure that there are no sharp edges that might harm the puppies. Attach the hardware cloth firmly to the PVC pipe using plastic zip ties. Trim the ends of the ties with the utility knife, making sure the cut ends point outward.

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