It is strongly advised that you have a look at our cage view page and read through this page before you start.
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Use these instructions to enter the dimensions in the [ ] spaces, altering them as needed during the calculations. Use these to complete the order form.
As 2 inch mesh is used in the construction of the cages, where possible give the sizes in 2" steps (for example 6"- 8" - 10"- 12" or 14").
The first thing to establish is a reference line within the vehicle.
Once a point within the cage area is established most measurements will relate to this.
Use the set square or a large cardboard box higher than the height of the back seat. Place it flat on the floor and against the top of the seat, (make sure that the seat is locked in place). Where the vertical drop from the back of the seat touches the floor, using the chalk, mark a reference line along the back base of the box, from one side of the floor to the other. Now remove the box to avoid clutter.
|Seat back shape
From this line measure back to the base of the seat.
Enter Dimension "A" [ ]
From the same line measure up to the lowest point where the box would touch the back of the seat. The cage will be made in a straight line from the base of the seat to this point.
Enter Dimension "B" [ ]
Using the same line measure upwards to decide the height of the cage. Before deciding on this dimension check that the back door is high enough to allow entry and exit of the cage - if not reduce the height. ALWAYS allow at least one inch.
Enter Dimension "C" [ ]
At this point you will need assistance from outside, both to ensure that the back door is fully closed and that there is somebody to let you out.
Now have somebody firmly close the back door with you inside.
|Length of Floor
From the same line measure along the floor to the back door and check that the door has no obstructions along the base. You may find that the door is curved, show this distance at the point closest to the measuring line - then take off at least one inch.
Enter Dimension "D" [ ]
|Length of Roof or Lid
With the door still closed, measure from the top of the cage above the seat to the same height above the floor at the back window. The glass may curve also, so find the closest point - then take off at least one inch.
Enter dimension "E" [ ]
At this point you discover that you are shut in and shout for help. Once you have got out leave the door fully open.
Width of Floor
Check what width of cage you need. It must be easily put in and removed,
as the spare wheel is probably beneath it. The width at floor level will
be governed by the space between the wheel arches or the width of the door.
of a curve in the shape of the door frame at the base. The edge of the
cage will be a sharp angle and should pass in without having to lift it
up (unless you reduce the height of the cage to allow for lifting).
Enter dimension "F" [ ]
|Width of Roof or Lid
Having decided on the height of the cage, check the width of the doorway at the top of the cage to ensure that it will fit through the tailgate frame. If the cage will pass safely enter the same dimension as the floor width. If the cage would be too wide select a suitable width and reduce again as above to an even number of inches. Beware of frame around door glass if lid is too long.
Enter dimension "G" [ ]
|Sill at Back Door
Some estates and all hatchbacks have a sill or slight step which obstructs the entry of a cage. At this point you will have allowed for this when ensuring that the cage can enter the doorway. However, this can get in the way of the cage door if it is not allowed for.
If there is a sill add the dimension here, measuring up from the floor of the cage, or if not just enter "0".
Enter dimension "H" [ ]
Having filled in the dimensions on these instructions, use them to complete the ORDER FORM and phone your answers in it to Hamster Baskets (01531-670-209) or by fax (01531-670-630) or post it to: Hamster Baskets, Aylton, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2QJ, UK, for manufacture and delivery.
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