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  1. Thanks for the fantastic tutorial! It’s so clear and easy to follow. My poor hubby’s “Honey Do” list just got one more thing added to it, but this is for the grandkids (and me!)

  2. Saved as a favorite, I like your web site!

  3. Karen

    I love this! What a great idea TeeDiddlyDee! πŸ™‚

  4. Denise

    Very awesome diy idea

  5. Thanks for sharing, and that’s really cool of a little project to do. I’ve never seen something like that before, so I’m going to have to try it sometime. And also if anyone if looking for garden decorations then you should check out http://www.brzgifts.com because they have a unique style of decor.

    • Tee

      Glad to hear you enjoyed this project Tyler! Now you’ll have to make a few of your own! πŸ˜‰

  6. Great solution! And it looks fantastic!

  7. One year I put on really red lipstick & kissed my husband’s windshield while he was teaching. His students freaked out because they thought it was a fellow student. πŸ™‚

  8. Tamara Lazare

    Live it! Will try it as I have been doing a lot of wood projects and just ran out of stain.

    • Tee

      Awesome Tamara! You’ll have to send me a pic of a project that you’ve finished using your homemade stain!! πŸ˜‰

  9. Cynthia Rodriguez

    Can’t wait to see your next post.

  10. Jack Cherco

    What a wonderful young lady….I found you from an article about wine bottle torches. Pictures of you caught my eye-reading about your ‘journey’ grabbed my interest…

    I’m a midwest remodeling contractor and seeing a lady that knows her way around tools is heart warming…

    I’m not quite sure how it would ever be possible but I thinking meeting you would be a joy.

    My yellow lab Henry and I share a place outside of Chicago but I grew up in a farm community and have always wanted to have a small farm but the stars haven’t aligned as yet.

    I believe that you have my email if you care to reply.

    All the Best,

    Jack

  11. Deb

    What did u use for the wick holder?

    • Tee

      Hi Deb! I have instructions for my members on what I used and how I made these cute wine bottle tiki torch kits… All you have to do is sign up for free and you will be directed to the tiki torch kit directions. It costs nothing to sign up AND I’m getting ready to hold a drawing for my MEBMERS ONLY for one of these tiki torch kits! So make sure to become a member by scrolling up the page a little and click where it says ‘sign up here’ πŸ˜‰

  12. Tyler Durden

    be great for flowers as well.

  13. Really nice! Those were some nice quality pallets. So many of the ones we get around here are broken or cracked.

    • Tee

      I had the same trouble and actually ran out of old wood halfway through the project, so I had to buy new wood. Problem was, the new planks didn’t match the old ones so I stained the new wood with my trusty ‘old wood stain’ out of vinegar and steel wool. It all matches now! πŸ˜‰

  14. Audrey Crandall

    I like these storage boxes. They are made out of scrap pallets but really look good in the rustic finish

    • Tee

      I LOVE my pallet chest! Who would have ever thought old wood would look so good! πŸ˜‰

  15. Very nice site!

  16. David

    hey there….im in the process of building my own cat enclosure based on your model….one question….your diagram shows that you screwed down the top panels from above…i see no problem doing this on the sides and front of the enclosure…however i see a problem doing this at the back(where it attaches to the house)..how did you do it?….thanks

    • Tee

      Hi David! Good question!!! First I screwed in the top everywhere that I could reach. Then I actually made a ‘bridge’ out of a piece of plywood and a ladder. I secured the plywood to the ladder, layed it across the top, and was able to scoot across my ‘bridge’ to where I wasn’t able to reach before. Hope that answers it for ya!…and I’d LOVE to see some pics when you’re done! πŸ˜‰

      tee@teediddlydee.com

      • David

        for sure i will send you some pics….i have been wanting to build a cat enclosure for awhile now and had looked at a number of ideas on the internet and when i found your design i knew it was the best one for me.The winters are very cold and snowy here so i dont intend to leave the enclosure up year round but with the way you ve designed it i feel i should be able to take it apart and store it for the winter and then re assemble it in the spring.
        We have all the panels built and tomorrow we plan to attach the chicken wire and and then get everything screwed in place.

  17. David

    attaching the chicken wire to the panels took quite a bit longer than i expected and so we didnt get the enclosure erected yet…i ll have to wait until next week before i can get back to it…..so i was wondering if there was a specific sequence that you followed when you erected the panels……any tips and hindsight would be greatly appreciated….thanks

  18. Tee

    Actually you are moving along faster than I did! Since it was only me it took about three weeks to finally get mine erected…LOL
    I started assembling at one end of the enclosure, the side, front and back. After I had three walls up, I was able to put the top panel on which held everything in place. Then I moved to the middle walls, then the middle top, then the other end of the enclosure walls, followed by the end top.

  19. David

    i was actually thinking of putting it together that way…..if you managed to build and erect the enclosure all by yourself than i am pretty impressed….you must be one determined woman….

  20. Vicki

    We’re building this today for our granddaughters. Thanks so much!

  21. Erin O'C

    Hello! I am looking into creating a cat enclosure for my baby to keep her safe when I leave for college this fall. I’ve been looking around at pre-made dog kennels, but not finding any with the height I like. I found your beautifully documented cat enclosure and would love to use it as a model. I’d just like to know about how much it cost you and where you bought your supplies. Thank you πŸ™‚

    • Tee

      Hi Erin, I’m so glad you stumbled across my site! My kitty enclosure cost me roughly $150 for everything…which is MUCH cheaper than buying a pre-made kennel, AND more spacious! I bought all of my supplies from Home Depot and Lowes because they are very similar in pricing, AND the most affordable. I’ve had my enclosure almost 10 years now and it’s still a big hit with my babies…and with anyone who visits me, as it’s entertaining to watch my kitties’ funny antics as they explore the great outdoors πŸ˜‰ If you have any more questions about building yours, please let me know!! I’d also love to see some pics of yours when you’re finished!

      Tee
      tee@teediddlydee.com

      • michelle charleville

        Hi I love all of these ideas BUT i’ll be moving soon and want to make sure this can be disassembled and reassembled at our new home AND be big enough for 8 kitties.

        • Tee

          Hi Michele! Yes, because I erected this enclosure with pre-made panels that I made, you’ll be able to disassemble the catio and reassemble it at your new house πŸ˜‰

  22. Made two of these today for our tack room, they came out super great, convenient to use, look clean on the wall, don’t take up much space. Planning on installing one or two more in the very near future. Thank you for the ideas! We did adjust some of the measurements to allow more room between the saddles, I thought it looked a little cluttered with them right on top of each other.

  23. tyler durden

    wow corsets are not just fun to look at you can hang stuff on them as well.

    • Tee

      Ahahahaha…I guess I can’t argue with that one Tyler, they are definitely multipurpose! LOL

  24. Kate

    Hello…After seeing your instructions my heart finally stopped feeling so heavy. That’s because during the last month one of our cats ran away out of fear of the neighborhood bully cat (fortunately we just found him!), and the other was attacked. Our vet bill is $700 and everyone keeps saying, “Don’t ever let them out again!” I can’t bear the thought of them not being able to come and go as before, but I want them to be safe.

    My question is, will an enclosure like this REALLY be a satisfactory replacement for their former freedom? I want to believe it will, but so many of the stories I am reading about cat enclosures are used by cats that have almost always been indoors.

    Does anyone have suggestions about how to make one of these enclosures satisfy 6 year old cats that have been outdoor/indoor their whole lives? Thanks!

    • Tee

      Hi Kate!
      Yah I hear ya, one of my beloved kitties was actually killed and another attacked by a dog costing me about $500 so sew her back up at the vet’s. It was those two incidents that prompted me to finally build my enclosure for them. Unfortunately there is nothing that will ever replace their ‘freedom’ from being able to roam but this large enclosure is definitely the next best thing. I have found that if you add lots of things to entertain them like walkways, things to climb, birdfeeders on the outside (they will watch the birds for hours that come right up to them as the birds land on the feeders), etc., your kitties will adjust much easier from not having their normal ‘freedom’ instead of just locking them up in the house forever. I’ve even thought about adding a small pond with goldfish for my kitties to watch πŸ˜‰ By the way, my cats are still able to hunt and over the years have brought in ‘presents’ from their outdoor enclosure: Lizards, mice, gophers, even a small bird…anything that can squeeze through the chicken wire is fair game (I’m still deciding if this is a good thing or a bad thing LOL) If you DONT want them to be able to hunt, I suggest smaller chicken wire πŸ˜‰ Anyway, I hope this helps and if you have any more questions feel free to ask! If you do end up building an enclosure I’d love to see pics when you are done! πŸ˜‰

      • Kate

        Gee, thanks for the input. At least you are honest about the enclosure not being a total replacement for roaming about. But I like your comment about the enclosure making it easier for them to transition. I’m hoping that since it’s starting to get colder and darker, if I can get this thing built before the snow flies they will want to be indoors most of the time anyway. And by spring they might have adjusted. So…I need to rally some friends because my husband thinks it’s a silly idea. Will keep you posted if/when the project is completed.

        • Tee

          No problem Kate!…and yes, by springtime it will be a nice treat for your kitties after being cooped up all winter in the house πŸ˜‰
          Hahaha…yah back when I built my enclosure my husband (at the time) wasn’t too thrilled on this either. He also thought it was a silly idea but I was determined and built the whole thing anyway all by myself. It took me about 3 weeks of putting it together in my spare time so if you have some help, it will definitely go a lot faster! Since then I have never regretted putting it up as it’s been a few years now and my kitties still use it daily. Ohhh and one more thing, I was just recently contacted by HGTV Gardens…come to find out they love this enclosure and are going to put it up on their website! Ahemmm…I guess this ‘silly’ idea isn’t so silly anymore??? LOL LOL LOL πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  25. Kate

    Woohoo…Finally got my DH on board. And speaking of boards, I wanted to ask about those 2×3’s mentioned in your list. Someone told me this size is notorious for being warped. When you bought them did you have a hard time sorting through to get enough straight ones? And do you feel they are substantial enough? I just did some preliminary pricing and using 2x4s would definitely put the materials close to $300.

    • Tee

      Ohhhhhhh YAYYYY!!! Things should go really fast now! AND yes, 2x3s can be notorious for being warped but because of their cheap cost, I’ve learned how to get around that, and have been building with them for years. The trick is to go to the back of the pile… then move the top ones away and dig down to the second or third layer of the pile. This is where you will find the good ones! Hold one end up to your eye and let the other end sit on the ground. Give each one a good look-over. If it’s warped YOU WILL SEE IT!! Because I used 2x3s instead of 2x4s, my enclosure cost me about $150 in all to make. It’s been about 8 years since I built it and everything is still holding up just fine…just make sure to seal it every so often with a good weather protector πŸ˜‰

  26. tyler Durden

    My daughter would like to try this. However, we don’t have a two inch drill bit so I’m thinking we could cut and file down the hole of the bucket then seal it using silicon.

    • Tee

      You could totally do that to! I actually had to borrow that large bit from my Dad (the guy who has everything) so I lucked out LOL. As long as you cut the hole pretty exact, you probably wouldn’t even need to silicon it, the couplings do a nice job sealing everything up if they are tight and flush to the bucket. Give er a try! πŸ˜‰

  27. Remondo

    Works perfect! Tnx πŸ˜€

  28. Thanks for the swing rebuild

  29. yevonne

    Did you bury the rail road ties? Are railroad ties necessary if I build this on a patio?

    • Tee

      Hi Yevonne,
      I did not bury the railroad ties but if you are doing this on the patio you won’t need them. I irrigate my yard and the railroad ties simply keeps the enclosure frames off of the ground from moisture and lengthens the life of the wood.

  30. David

    i needed a design that would allow me to take down the pen for the winter months and then re-assemble it in the spring.The individual panels allow you to do this nicely.Unfortunately for the kitties the unit came down today so they will be indoors over the winter but come spring they will have their play time again..

    • Tee

      I’m sure your kitties are sad to see the pen taken down but they will definitely appreciate it when you erect it next spring! πŸ˜‰

  31. Betty

    Hi Tee,
    I plan to build an enclosure for my cats here in the next month and amexcited by your diagram. I want to build one that is about 34ft Γ—30ft and 8ft tall. Could you tell me about how much more materials I would need to make my enclosure? And how can I get a step by step instruction for building it? I’m not too handy with dig projects but a determined to complete this one for my furbabies! Help please!

    • Tee

      Hi Betty!

      Wow, that is gonna be one HUGE play area!
      My enclosure is 21ft long x 8ft 6in wide (square footage is a little less than 189 square feet). Your 34ft x 30ft enclosure would be 1020 square feet which is 5 times the size of mine. My enclosure cost me around $150 to build so multiply $150 by 5 to get the cost of what your enclosure will be ($750) Since my enclosure is long and skinny, I was able to save money by using 2x3s (they only come in 8ft lengths) to build the entire enclosure including the ceiling. Because your enclosure will be a much larger square, you will have to do some improvising on my design such as using some kind of support for the ceiling panels such as beams buried into the ground that reach up to the top of the enclosure. Also you need to figure out how many panels you will need to build. In all, my enclosure has a total of 13 panels:
      8 large side panels, 3 ceiling panels, and two smaller side panels (one that is used for the gate

      With your dimensions you would need:
      14 large side panels, two smaller side panels (one that is used for the gate), 12 large ceiling panels, and 2 smaller sized ceiling panels

      As I said before, the ceiling is going to be tricky for that large of an enclosure. With my design, the ceiling stabilizes the side panels but with a much larger enclosure, you will need some kind of stabilizer beams buried into the ground to support the ceiling, otherwise the walls will not be sturdy.
      Honestly I think for an enclosure that size I would build something a little more permanent to save myself from having to build all those panels and then on top of that, have to figure out the ceiling panels…it would be interesting to see what you come up with ;)…and if there is anything else you have questions on don’t hesitate to ask! πŸ˜‰

  32. What do you use for the middle of the swing for the seat to support the weight of people? A Metal brace? I don’t see any mention of it.

    • Tee

      If you use 2x3s or 2x4s the wood is thick enough to support the weight without a brace…if you use anything thinner like a 1×4, the wood will bend and won’t support the weight very well.

  33. Michelle Sherman

    Could you tell me how you made the cuddly blanket in the cat’s bassinet sleeper?

    • Tee

      Of course Michelle! In fact for my next post, I’ll do a tutorial on how I made it. Make sure to subscribe to my site so that when I do post it, you will be notified via email πŸ˜‰

  34. Kelly

    I love your catio! I was wondering if you could help figure out how much materials I would need to build my own. I’m looking to build one about 5 feet wide on the sides and about 15 feet long and like 6 feet tall with my house in the back.Thank you for you time!

    • Tee

      Hi Kelly! Thank you! My catio cost about $150 in materials to build. Yours would be a little smaller than mine so I would say approximately $100…give or take a little πŸ˜‰

  35. Julia

    Love your idea and have a “patient” waiting for this treatment outside.
    Slightly confused though: You used 2x4s and 1 1/2 in long screws . And these screws were long enough to go through the wood and into the metal pipe? How deep are the countersink holes?

    • Tee

      Hi Julia! The countersink holes are pretty deep, they go about halfway down into the wood. Happy building! πŸ˜‰

  36. Mark

    Awesome Tutorial. Thank you for taking the time to put it together with all the pics.

    • Tee

      I’m glad it was useful for you Mark! Life is SOOO much easier once you get the fence up and working and your pets are finally under control! LOL πŸ˜‰

  37. Ronny

    Great dyi, how long does the ice appreciate last? I think that dry ice would also work but that is very hard to come by here in Belgium

    • Tee

      Thanks Ronny! The ice lasts a couple of hours or so. Dry ice would work just as well but it costs more than ice πŸ˜‰

  38. Stephen Bliley

    I thought to do this yesterday. Would there be more support of I laid the 2×4’s front to back instead of left to right? Would it weaken the metal frame?

    • Tee

      Hi Stephen! Unless you use anything thinner, I have found that the 2x4s are really sturdy and don’t really need any bracing. If you are still concerned, I don’t see why it would be a problem to lay the 2x4s front to back. You would have to do a lot more cutting and screwing, but it would give it a different look and be just as cute! If you decide to do this I’d love to see a pic πŸ˜‰

      • Stephen Bliley

        I decided to use steel angle iron to cross brace front to back. I’m using four of those and then going to lay premium deck boards down. The boards are thinner and already rounded at the edge. I’ll post a picture when I’m done. It was good too see that someone had also thought of this, since I was looking for a picture of a completed one.

  39. Stephen Bliley

    οΏΌI want to share my pictures with you. I finished mine. Just waiting for the boards to dry and then stain it.

  40. I would like to say that you are F’in awesome!!!! I have been trying to figure out how to make my wings and attach them without ruining my corset. Your plan is genius!!! Thank you SO much for sharing.

    • Tee

      LOL…Thank you Tiff! Ya I know what you mean, I spent like $70 on my white corset and there was no way I was going take a chance on ruining it! πŸ˜‰

  41. OMG this is awesome! I saw this picture elsewhere, but now I know who the author is. You are SO creative!! πŸ™‚ Hugs to your fur baby! πŸ™‚ xox Natalie at Ozzi Cat Magazine

    • Tee

      Hi Natalie!! Thank you so much for stopping by! Who would have thought my little ‘Skittles’ and her baby bassinet bed would attract the attention of you? Awesome!!! Thanks for the kind words! πŸ˜‰

  42. Daniel Connolly

    I found this site as I was looking for ideas for a cat enclosure also. Thank you so much for your ideas. I,m glad you added the comment about waterseal as I’m sure the Az. sun is just as brutal as southern Nv. and now the Ca. desert.

    On a personal note I’m sorry your ex didn’t work out, but I’m also sure there is the right guy out there for you. Of course it’s going to really be hard for him to be strong enough in his self image to measure up to your strength and freedom loving personality. Thank heavens I’m waaaay too old for you!!! But I would like to know more about your ranch. How about you posting pictures of your normal day and chores? I’m sure that would scare off a bunch of those city boys, LOL. Have a great day. Dan

  43. Daniel O. Connolly

    I guess my comment was moderated off so just will say thank for your tutorial on the cat enclosure. Good day, Daniel.

    • Tee

      Hi Dan!
      Whew, it’s been a busy week! I just got back from camping and am getting caught up on all of my emails and comments πŸ˜‰
      I’m SOOO glad you stumbled on my site and saw the cat enclosure, it’s really been nice having something my kitties can go out and enjoy the outdoors without having to worry about their safety!
      Haha…I will definitely try to post more pics of my everyday stuff around here AND if you have a Facebook, make sure to ‘Like’ my page because I do a lot of daily updates there πŸ˜‰

      https://www.facebook.com/TeeDiddlyDee1?ref=hl

      Hoping you have a WONDERFUL day Dan!! πŸ˜‰

  44. Tink

    Wow, what an awesome Halloween effect! I’m always looking for something different and I’ve never seen this one. We will have to try this! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

    • Tee

      Oh ya, people get so creeped out by this effect, sometimes they won’t even cross it because it’s so spooky! It’s even spookier in person, you’ll love it!

  45. LaLysa Bradford

    I have subscribed but can’t find the instructions for the fog cooler. It keeps taking me in circles. I can’t wait to make this. Great idea!

    • Tee

      Hi LaLysa!

      I just sent you another confirmation email as well as a personal one from myself to make sure you are receiving them. If you are still not receiving my emails, be sure to check your spam folder! πŸ˜‰

      • And

        I’m having the same problem as lalysa… it’s taking me all over but no instructions… so I sent u a message on messenger please help ????

        • Tee

          Hi there!

          No problem, it’s usually a simple glitch that’s easily fixed. Hmm, for some reason I didn’t get your message on messenger…you can private message me HERE and make sure to include the email you signed up with, so I can get it fixed for you πŸ˜‰

    • Jamie

      Does the surrounding are get wet/damp?

  46. Kelley Cappellini

    what happens when the ice starts to melt? Does it make a mess?

    • Tee

      Hi Kelley!

      No mess, the bottom of the bucket can hold about 4 inches of water so you simply dump the melted water out every couple of hours or so when you add new ice πŸ˜‰ You can also use frozen water bottles instead of ice for an even easier clean up!

      • Jan Kivits

        I’m thinking to fill the bucket with loads of sealed electricity tubes filled with Ice. Small tubes to make the contact surface of the ice as big as possible. This way you have no leakage at all, simply take the tubes out and put new ones in there.Or another way would be to add a little water tap at the bottom of the bucket.

        • Tee

          That’s a great idea Jan! You will have to post a pic in the comment section when you are done, I’d love to see!

    • Jimmy Hernandez

      I used dry ice. No mess

  47. Nerissa Balzary

    Hello. Great tutorial I definitely want to make this. One question though. I live in Australia and our kitty litter doesn’t come in containers like this, any other suggestions for the container? Thanks Nerissa

    • Tee

      Hi Nerissa!

      Good question! You could always order a bucket online, HERE is a similar one. Ask them if they ship internationally. This bucket is a square as the kitty litter one I used is a rectangle, so you’ll have to probably tweak some of the measurements of the fittings slightly which should be pretty easy.
      Hope that helps!

  48. Sue Fuller

    Thanks for sharing your instructions. I can’t wait to try it out. I have a question though… have you had any issues with the fogger being too hot to put straight into the PVC pipe? Should the PVC pipe fit tightly on the fogger or just kind of line up to it? Thanks!

    • Tee

      Good question Sue! Actually I have not had any issues with how hot the machine gets but I have seen some people move their fog machine back, just a little (like an inch or two) and it works just as well. Give er a try!

    • Jimmy Hernandez

      You should give the fog solution time to mix with the air just a bit, leave at least an inch or two between the fog machine and the pvc pipe. That’s what makes the liquid turn to fog

  49. Lina

    Where could I find a corset like that one for a little bit cheaper? You see I’m a Cosplayer and I loved your way of attatching the wings to the corset but I just realized my corset isn’t going to work for what I’m trying to do. Do you have any suggestions on where I can purchase a similar corset to yours for cheaper by any chance? If you don’t that’s fine, I’m just wondering.

    • Tee

      Hi Lina!

      Oh yes, you can find REALLY affordable corsets that would work just fine HERE
      The only reason mine cost a little more was because I bought mine at Fredricks, they tend to be a little more pricey LOL Good luck with your costume and I’d love to see a pic once you get it all together! You can download pics in my comment section now! Fun! πŸ˜‰

  50. Tricia Meskel

    I am interested in the tutorial for the fog chiller. Thanks!

    • Tee

      Hi Tricia,
      No problem! My step-by-step tutorial for the chiller is available to all of my members so be sure to subscribe HERE for free to get instant access to it! ?

  51. Dan

    Thank you

  52. Kaylynn

    Hello! Will this work if the dog’s feet are not “grounded” while they touch the wire? We have a 6+ ft cinder block fence that our neighbor’s dog is trying to jump, but she is completely off of the ground when she could come into contact with the wire on top of the cinder block wall.

    • Tee

      Hi Kaylynn,

      Good question! I’m assuming the dog probably jumps up, grabs the top of the fence with it’s front feet, then pulls itself up the rest of the way with it’s back feet. As long as the dog touches the wire while it’s touching the wall, it will shock him. So you might put the wire as close to his side of the wall as possible so when he pulls himself up, he runs right into the wire.

  53. CAROL MONTANA

    CATS LOVE TO HAVE FUN AND RUN, SO WHAT YOU NEED NOW IS A BIG RUNNING WHEEL AND MAYBE EVEN AN OLD TREAD MILL THAT YOU CAN CONTROL. IT’S A BLAST TO SEE- FIND THEM ON YOUTUBE BEING LAUNCHED BACKWARDS AND THE RACING TO JUMP BACK ON (EITHER OF THEM) ALSO THEY LOVE A HANGING SWING PLATFORM, COULD BE A STRONG BASKET WITH SIDE AND A CUSHY PAD TO SLEEP ON. I HAVE STRUNG UP A SMALL CIRCLE LOUNGE FABRIC CHAIR 6 FT HIGH IN THE AIR BY WIRE CABLES WHICH THEY ENJOT IT SPINNING AROUND AS WELL AS IT ROCKS BACK AND FORTH.

    I HAVE WELL MADE “FAKE CARPETTED TREE DESIGNS” THAT THEY LOVE TO GO FOR THE HIGH PERCH, AND CLAW IT LIKE CRAZY FOR EXCERISE AS WELL. ONE STYLE IS THE GIANT PALM TREE, OF WHICH THE COCANUTS HANGING ARE ACTUALLY SMALL COZY BEDS THEY CAN REEK OUT. YOUY CAN USE ALL THE RT COLORS OF CARPETING TO COLOR THE CORRECTLY. THE RAGGEDY PALM BRANCHES ARE CAREFULLY CUT OUT OF THIN PLYWOOD (LAYING DOWN) AND THEN CRAFTILY COVERED WITH SHADES OF GREEN CARPETING. YOU CAN FIND CARPET SCRAPS FOR FREE BEHIND A CARPET COPMPAN THAT DOES CARPET INSTALLS AND EVEN OLD CRAPET REMOVAL. MOST IMPORTANT IS TO NEVER USE THAT CHEAP CARDBOARD TUBES FORANTY CAT TREE. AND THAT IT MUST BE SECURELY WEIGHED AND LOCKED DOWN IN SUCH A WAY IT WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO TIP OVER.
    I HAVE RAISED BENGALS, AND “BENGAL-BOBCATS” FOR THE PAST 17 YRS SO I KNOW HOW THEY LOVE THE HIGH PERCHING AREAS AND TO JUMP AND CLIMB ALL OVER THE PLACE.
    ALWAYS MAKE SURE ANY PLANTS THAT THEY CAN GET TO ARE “CAT SAFE” BECAUSE SO MANY PLANTS ARE TOXIC AND POISONOUS! ASLO A RUNNING FOUNTAIN FOR DRINKING WATER IS GREAT , AND FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO PLACE THEIR DIRTY PAWS INTO THE WATER, PLEASE PLACXE SPECIAL CARPETINGF AROUND THE WATER AREA AND MAYBE A CUSTOM FACE HOLE SO THEY CAN LAP THE WATER WITHOUT CONTAMINATING THE WATER WITH DIRTY “CATBOX” PAWS! AS LONG AS THEY KNOW THAT THEIR NOSE WON’T GET SOAKED WITH WATER BECAUSE THEIR IS A FACE STOPPER., THEY WILL BE HAPPY CAT-CAMPERS!

  54. CAROL MONTANA

    ANOTHER TIP FOR SAFETY IS TO ATTACH AN “UNDER PRECTECTION” HEAVY WIRE OR EVEN AN OLD CHAIN LINK FENCE AT LEAST 3 -4 FT IN FROM THE SIDES.
    IT MUSY BE EITHER BULL NOSED TIED TOGETHER TO THE BOTTOM OF EACH WALL , OR HORSE SHOE TACKED HEAVILY SO ANY RAVEROUS PIT BUL, WIL DOG, OPOSSUMS AND THE CRAFTY RACCOONS CAN’T DIG UNDER THIS ENCLOSURE.
    THEN I WOULD COVER IT WITH HEAVY DIRT AND THEN LENGTHS OF SOD TO HIDE IT AS WELL AS GIVE THE CATS SOME GRASS TO MUNCH ON.

    ALSO I MADE WIDE SHELVES UP HIGH FOR THEM TO PLY HOGH AND STRETCH OUT TO SLEEP ON. AS WELL AS HIGH SELVES WITH SECURE PLACES TO SET SKY KENNELS ON (CAT CARRIERS) TO ALSO USE A SECURE CAT BEDS THAT CAN BE REMOVED EASILY TO TAKE A CAT FOR A BATH, OR WASH OUT A CARRIER AT THE SAME TIME. I WOULD RATHER DROWM FLEAS ON A CAT LUXURY SOAK=BATH THAM USE SO MUCH FLEA POISONS ON AN ANIMAL…THERE’S ALWAYS A GOOD POWDER JOB OF “DIATOMACEOUSEARFTH.COM” THAT HELPS KEEP THE FLEAS AWY ANYWAY.

    NEXT I PLACE THOSE WAVEY GREEN HOUSE HEAVY RESIN TYPE ROOF PANELING/SHEETS UP THERE FOR THE WEATHER PROTECTION…I USE DIFFERENT COLORS THERE TOO SO THEY CAN FIND A SUNNY SPOT AS WELL AS FIND A COOL SHADE SPOT TO LOUNGE. IT’S FUN TO MAKE IT LIKE A REAL ZOO HEAVEN…BUT THEN I HAVE SEVERAL DIFFERENT ENCLOSURES SO I CAN “ROTATE THEM” WHICH MAKES THEM FEEL MORE FREE TO EXPLORE NEW AREAS & LEAVE THEIR MARK! COMMON SENSE SAYS THEY CAN BECOME BORED JUST AS WE WOULD; SO MAKE FOR THEM A VARIETY OF AMUSEMENTS JUST AS YOU WOULD LIKE ALSO~

  55. CAROL MONTANA

    Tape down a large black trash bag at the out put pipe and make numerous razor slashes at the very end of this bag and see how low and WIDE SPREAD the traveling creep fog is distributed. It is amazing!

  56. Hey Lady … You are FABULOUS !!

    I am so glad I kept looking at different sites and photos looking for screened cat enclosures. Yours is perfect for what I have been wanting to do for my 5 cats.
    The other delightful thing is … you are in Arizona !!
    I am in Ahwatukee and plan on moving up to Prescott around Feb or so …
    and am looking at ways to have a Cat House on the grass or yard. Your ideas are
    perfect and I will use them and will send you photos in the Spring. I will either have a house with a large yard to build a large space, or a charming townhouse where I can size your ideas down to ‘fit within the small spaces’ … with multiple spaces. LOVE IT!!!
    Note … Men come and go but Cats Stay Forever !!

    • Tee

      Hi Suzy!

      You are just too sweet!!! I’m so glad you found my site and I would just love to see some pics of your 5 kitties enjoying their new enclosure when you get it up! You’re literally about a half hour away from me so if you ever want to come out to get a look at the enclosure in person, you are more than welcome to. I am envious that you’ll be moving to Prescott as it’s beautiful up there πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping me and line and I hope you have a wonderful day!!!!

  57. Audrey Crandall

    I love your cute rake. I wish I had one for my front door. Guess I will have to go look for an old rake. Also the turkey is so cute and different. So easy to make.

    • Tee

      Yep, you will have to go out and dig out a rake! It was fun making the turkey especially with my whole family! πŸ˜‰

  58. Karen

    This is the cutest little Thanksgiving turkey I have ever seen! Thanks for the pattern. We will be making this for sure, next year! I sure do enjoy your blog! Great ideas! Happy Thanksgiving Tee!

  59. Danielle

    We live in Nevada and get some pretty good gusts of wind and it is rather common to have fences blow over, which happened to us last night. Our dog got out last night, fence blew down while I was at work. Fortunately he stayed close (surprised me, he is a 9mo puppy). I don’t want to put electric wire on the fence because if it blows down, there goes my electric fence too. I purchased 24″ wood stakes and am planning on pounding those into the ground and attaching fence post insulators to hold the hot wire. Funds are tight seeing as how we have to replace a good 25ft of fencing. Do you see any problems arising with that method? I have had a bad experience with using the wireless pet containment system in the past so that would be a last resort for us.

    • Tee

      Hi Danielle!
      I think your method would work just fine with wooden stakes! So glad to hear your pup stuck around after the fence blew down, SCARY!

  60. Tee

    Hi Kim!
    Those are some good tips to remember! I’ll try the long tube going into the cooler and dry ice idea this year to see how that works!

  61. David

    What about for diggers? We have a fence up with a gap of maybe 8″ from the ground to the electric fence, keeps the bigger dog out but a neighbors dog is smaller and goes under. Need a fix.

    • Tee

      Hi David,
      You could run a second string of hot wire lower to the ground to keep the smaller dog from going under.

      • David

        Well we have a 3 hot wire fence and some places have a clearing of up to 11″! We might just rock it or brick. Or maybe even chicken wire it.

        • Tee

          LOL…Yeah, if the hot wire is too far away from were the dogs slip through the fence then it won’t shock them. Good idea…Rock, brick, or chicken wire works well because they cant’ dig into the ground to make larger holes to slip through.

  62. Pam

    You are a genius! What a clever way to tag a gift. I usually forget to buy a card and then have to scramble for one. Your idea does away with the card scrambling, the cost of the card (you could spend more on the gift), and the issue of storing the card for those of us who can’t throw anything away! I will be using this idea on the next gift I give. Thank you for sharing. Love your blog!

    • Tee

      I’m glad you liked this idea Pam! I know what you mean, I ALWAYS forget a card and hate having to drive to the store and spend the 2 or 3 bucks to buy one ;)!

  63. Susan

    Would something like this work for the top of a block wall to keep squirrels from getting into our fruit trees? They knock all the fruit down before its ripe so we end up with none. So frustrating!!

    • Tee

      That’s a good question Susan! I haven’t personally ever tried it with squirrels, but I’d think it would be worth a try! Let me know what happens!

  64. Christine Trillard

    Hi, Searching for ideas on catios and luckily found your site. Its funny because you also posted some photos of someone from Bancroft that used your plan….Bancroft is in my area…I am in the Trent Hills on the Trent River. Anyway, you did a great job explaining and i will take photos when I am done and post them. I am closing underneath the deck for the cats…..to be continued!

    • Tee

      Hi Christine,
      Wow, what a small world isn’t it! So glad you found my site helpful and I know your kitties are going to love their new enclosure when you are done! Can’t wait to see the finished pics! πŸ˜‰

      • Christine

        Hi! I lost your page and finally found this today. Here is a photo when I first made the enclosure which is very well used. I would’ve put more photos but it only allows one. Everyone should have an outdoor enclosure if they can for their indoor cat…. they love it!

        • Tee

          Hi Christine!
          Wow, you did a great job on your enclosure! It looks like your babies are really enjoying their new freedom πŸ™‚ … If only everyone could have an enclosure for their kitties!

  65. Paige

    Hi Tee.

    We just installed this wire fence system and apparently my dogs have been shocked. We set it up just before we had to leave out of town because they were constantly digging their way out. The problem we have now is they are terrified to go out in the yard. I really did not realize until I returned from the weekend away. I took them on their daily walk on Monday afternoon (late) and they both made 4-5 poops each. I didn’t think anything of it until the next day I went to scoop the poop and there wasn’t any. (BTW, pet-sitter walked them twice a day whilst we were gone). Then I realized they had been staying in the house all day and only going to the bathroom on their daily walk. Today we had our first ever pee in the house accident.

    Do you have any instruction to de-traumatize them? I have been trying to take them out there on a leash, and they tug and pull against it. And they are just terrified when out there, looking around like something is about to get them. I’ve tried shutting their doggie door so they can’t come inside and my dog is screeching her head off to get back in the house!

    Please let me know what I can do. These two dogs are normally never scared of anything – fireworks, thunder/lightning, nothing. Now I’m so worried about how traumatized they are.

    Any suggestions welcome. Thank you.

    Paige

    • Tee

      Hi Paige!
      No worries, this is normal for lots of dogs. They just haven’t figured out that it’s the actual fence that’s shocking them…right now they think that just being in the yard will shock them. The only way they’ll get used to being in the yard is spending lots of time in it. When I’m working with new dogs that are having a hard time adapting to the new hot wire, I usually plan a day or two of working in the yard to keep an eye on them. Usually the new dog will hide under the porch or by the door all day while I’m out there working and that’s OK. I basically just let them be and don’t force them out as they will start to venture out on their own time. I’ve worked with hundreds of dogs with this and they have ALL adapted to the hot wire. Sometimes it takes a good 3 or 4 days (& sometimes a week) for them to start getting the idea but they won’t get better if they don’t spend lots of time outside. If you don’t have time to be outside with them, that’s OK too…lock them out for at least a couple hours a day (the longer they spend outside, the faster they get the idea) I know it’s hard to see them scared but I promise they will realize the yard is not a scary place…and it’s only the fence line that they have to avoid. Do this and you’ll be so glad you stuck to it. Try giving them treats (if they are interested) when they are outside so they start to associate getting rewarded for going out. Hope that helps!

      • Paige

        Thank you so much for your prompt response. I have been trying that, so I will continue and give them more time. I know my husband was happy I mowed the lawn this week so I could be out there with them! Thanks and I’ll let you know how it goes.

  66. I have a swing that lays down flat that the cushions rotted away . I always wanted to fix it with would . I just never knew how to and your instructions are going to help me so much . Thank you.

  67. Wow I never though this could be so simple. Just some 2X4 and other small tool, and I can cut glass bottles. This could be so much fun. I think my sister would love this. She is very crafty. I am sure she could come up with some fun ideas with this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Tee

      Exactly Kody!…who would have thought? I’m sure your sister could figure out some great ideas using cut glass bottles!

  68. kevin

    Can we use 2* 6 instead of 2*4 , Or that 2*4 are better ?

  69. Elizabeth Davis

    Hey Tee! Love your site. I found you when searching for DIY instructions to build a new tack box. I love the rustic simplicity of your design, and I think I could really build one (I’m a beginner DIYer). Then I saw your collapsible saddle rack and I fell for you! LOL There it was, the next search on my to-do list and you nailed that one too!! Of course I subscribed. Can’t wait to get started on these projects…and see what you think of next ???????????? :-).

    • Tee

      Hi Elizabeth, welcome aboard!!! Glad you found the rustic chest tutorial useful as well as the saddle rack! I’m not one for making things that are too complicated and so I figure the same goes for my readers…LOL πŸ˜‰

  70. Aimee

    Finished ours! It looks awesome! Thanks for the idea!

  71. Xiomara

    What you used in your wood to color it

  72. Matt Brunelle

    For the homemade fog machine, did you put fog juice in the machine or no.?

    • Tee

      Hi Matt,
      No I didn’t put fog juice in the homemade kitty litter fog cooler. I did put fog juice into the fog machine that sprays the hot fog into the homemade cooler, and the cooler cools the fog to make it lie low to the ground.

  73. Larry SooHoo

    Hi- You have a great site here, I love DIY stuff/crafts. I am logged in as a member and I am trying to find out how to make this chiller, but I don’t see the instructions on how to do this.

    Thanks!

  74. Stan Skinner

    I would like to build the chiller. I subscribed, clicked on the link, logged in, clicked on the DIY Halloween section, clicked on the fog chiller and the plans never come up. It keeps sending me to the non subscriber section. Please help. Stan

  75. Amiah Yearby

    A few questions about the fog chiller. How much was the fog machine that you used? And how far does the fog spread, can it fill up a living room or do you need multiple to do that?

    • Tee

      Hi Amiah!
      In the video I used a 700 watt fog machine, which you can purchase on Amazon HERE for about 34 bucks…a 700 watt fogger will easily fill your living room with fog πŸ˜‰

  76. ReNee J Kass

    We did this one year and used an old tv in the hole, covered the screen with some iridescent material. the tv was laid on its back so the screen faced up. Then we recorded one of our kids with a skeleton mask on inside a black “room” we created with black cloth. He opened and closed his mouth like he was talking. We added a sound track with some creepy voice telling a halloween story. Everyone thought we were projecting and kept looking for the projector in the trees and on the roof!! It was so scary, none of the little kids would go near it!! Oh, and the tv was inside a coffin with black cloth lining.

  77. Erija

    Would love to know how u made this

    • Tee

      Hi Erija,

      I have a whole tutorial on how to make this available to anyone who subscribes to my site. As soon as you subscribe, you will have access to the tutorial πŸ™‚ To subscribe, click HERE.

  78. Melina

    I just had a cat disappear last month, still looking, and the other wants to still go out all the time. I am working in letting him out less and less, and do not let him out at night any longer, and I want to build an enclosure for the kitties. We have another who was a rescue, that is indoor only, and I think she might enjoy getting fresh air as well. Do is not keen on it because he doesn’t know how we would mow inside. How do you manage that part with an enclosure this size? This is about silo are to what I had in mind, and lovvvve the individual panel idea!

  79. Melina

    Sorry, stupid autocorrect changed some words. That was DH for dear hubby, not do, And not silo, supposed to be sized hat I had in mind. Grrr

    • Tee

      Hi Melina! LOL…no worries, my auto correct does that to me all the time πŸ˜‰ Oh I’m sure your kitties will just love a new enclosure as much an my kitties! To cut the grass, I simply use a weed eater…takes me about 5 minutes and I’m done. Easy Peazy! πŸ™‚

  80. bonnie massicotte

    so I want to do this for my outdoor graveyard. if the fogger is away from the kitty litter box does it still have fog going into the air? and how thick is it on ground? will my graves be able to be seen? your pics show it thick. graveyard is about 16×20 feet…also if it matters I am in Minnesota where Halloween can be quite cool. we even had the start of a 2 day storm with 16 inches of snow one year! would this work since outside air is cooled pretty much or will the fogger do it itself?

    • Tee

      Hi Bonnie!
      If the fog machine output is a couple inches away from the opening of the kitty litter container, the fog still shoots straight into the litter container and does not go into the air. The fog is thick but you can stop pressing the button of the fog machine any time if it starts to get too thick for the graves to be seen. You can also purchase a timer for your fog machine HERE which would allow you to set it to how much fog output you want and how frequently you want it to happen without having to manually push the button the whole night.
      As far as the weather being cold enough to cool your fog, I’m not really sure…that’s a good question! I live in a very hot climate and I’ve never run a fog machine in really cold weather before…

  81. Brad Deyton

    About some LED lights to use outdoors for making Halloween Eyes, and put inside of PVC pipe .. any ideas on how to maybe do you like your bridge and make a face or glowing eyes like coming out of the brick wall. Thanks love you ideas and will try smoke machine soon

    • Tee

      The led eyes and the face coming out of the wall are great ideas Brad! I’ll have to see what I can come up with and maybe do a ‘how to’ post in the future about it! πŸ˜‰

  82. Karen

    I am interested to know about how many square feet can your fog machine make?

    • Tee

      I have a 700 watt fog machine that I use with my fog chiller that fills about 1200 square feet with fog πŸ™‚

  83. Lois Brittsan

    Awsome! I Love these tutorials. Keep em coming. You’re my kind of thinker.

  84. Al St Aubin

    I someone who dis something similar but they bought a chicken coop from a local farm store and then made a small enclosure that attached that to the windows. Great ideas, will probably have something close next spring for our 3 cats.

    • Tee

      Chicken coops work too!…and there are some really cute ones out there that you can buy nowadays πŸ˜‰

  85. Deborah

    Thanks for the wonderful instructions! I found a white corset at a thrift store for 15.00! I work for a dental team and teach kids as a tooth-fairy. My wings flop around and the kids are always pointing out my straps. So attaching them to a corset is a great idea for securing them and fooling those smarty little ones.
    Thanks again!

    • Tee

      AWWWW!! What a cool thing to do for the kids!!! I wish the tooth fairy had visited me at the dentist when I was a kid πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you liked the tutorial!

  86. Thank you – the kiss rule – keep it simple stupid. thanks so much.

  87. Karen

    Hi, thanks for the turorial. Can’t wait to try it. But can you tell me why you need the wire or grill over the bottom of the container. Is this necessary or could you just fill up your container with ice without using wire to raise the ice off the bottom.

    • Tee

      Hi Karen, the wire holds the ice from pouring out of the hole at the bottom side of the container.

      • Karen O'Shea

        Oh.ok thank you. I’ve seen some that have a tunnell going straight through the ice. Does yours work better with the pipe going up to the lid or does it work just as good with a dryer hose covered in ice going straight through the bucket.

        • Tee

          I’ve actually made coolers to where the tunnel goes straight through…it was a lot of work and very time consuming. The kitty litter fog chiller works just as well and is so much easier to make! So yes, it works just as well with a lot less trouble πŸ˜‰

          • Karen O'Shea

            Thank you for the advice. I have been getting confused with all the different chiller tutorials that ive found. Im going to go with yours as it does sound the easiest. Just another question though, if i drilled a very small hole in the bottom of the bucket would that help the melted ice to run away, so no need to be emptied or would the fog escape instead.

          • Tee

            I’m sure it wouldn’t be a problem if you did that, you may have a trickle of fog escape, but I don’t think it would be anything to worry about

        • Jimmy Hernandez

          Dee’s method works great because the fog is forced to make contact with the dry ice or regular ice before it can escape through the exhaust pipe. Remember that anything that comes between the ice and the fog (aluminum, rubber, metal, etc) keeps it from cooling that much more.

  88. Ed Barnett

    just curious… if you ran the pipe all the way through, and filled the bucket with ice, wouldn’t cool the pipe enough so the fog would still lie low?

    • Ed Barnett

      Another question…. Is the purpose of the mesh to keep the ice out of the outlet or does it create a clear space when the fog drops back down?
      I saw your hint on using the frozen water bottles and was wondering if you could also put them under the mesh as well?

      Thanks

      • Tee

        You got it! Actually, I don’t see why you couldn’t put the water bottles below the mesh also…the more ice the better! good idea!

    • Tee

      Good question Ed, In my opinion the pvc pipe is somewhat insulated and I just don’t think it would get as cold as it would when the fog physically passes through the ice like it does in the kitty litter cooler. I’ve made coolers in the past like the one you’re talking about and they do work, but you need to use metal piping (preferably copper so it doesn’t rust). The reason for the metal is so that it can get cold enough. Then you have to seal the metal piping on both ends of the ice chest so it doesn’t leak and that was a complete nightmare…LOL Also, the longer the fog is in the cooler, the colder it gets. You would need an ice chest with metal tubes going long ways for the fog to get cold so that it stays in the ice chest for a longer time…the kitty litter container just isn’t long enough width-wise for the fog to get cold enough before it would leave the cooler. Hope that helps!

  89. Anthony Bivona

    Very hard to get the fog chilled enough in New York when the air temp is only 50degrees!

  90. jamie

    Hi. Great storage chest. How many pallets did you use?

  91. Pabitra Kumar

    Hi Tiffany,

    Firstly, wow, you have a black stallion. Nothing more to say, its kinda like every man’s dream at some point. Just saw your cold fusion fogger in youtube. Its great, and economical, its very neat, shows how much you love your work. Read a few comments about improving the fog density by spacing the smoke machine and ice bucket. But, just a humble suggestion maam, if you make the inlet up top and outlet down below, you’ll have more fog, no matter the spacing in between the smoke machine and bucket. The idea is to let the smoke travel through as much ice as possible, this way it will generate huge amount of fog. Try once and let me know. I’m sure you won’t be dis-appointed.

    And once again, you are an inspiration to a lot of people maam, and also you’re living a dream out there. Good night from India.

    • Tee

      Thank you so much Pabitra! Actually, that’s exactly how I made my fog cooler and you are right, does work great with the inlet at the top and the outlet at the bottom πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much for the comment!

  92. Jo Kreitz

    Hi Tee,

    you have already made your way to Germany now.
    Your bottle torches I found in Pinterest and here I am on your site now to say thank you for sharing this wonderful garden torch.
    This is just what I like on our farm and I have some old Siphonbottles which are perfectly suitable for these torches.
    As I love to create handmade, funny objects, I am so happy to find you here now for exchange our ideas.
    Some years ago I reconstructed an old farm in the middle of Germany and we are living our dreams with a Cafe, regular Concerts and Seminarrooms to share.
    You are very welcome to have a look : Eulenhof.eu

    Thank you again and we’ll stay in touch.
    Greetings from the other side of the planet

    Jost

    • Tee

      Hi Jo,

      Wow, I just took a look at your website and your farmhouse is beautiful!! I wish I lived closer so I could visit! (maybe someday?) πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad you enjoyed the wine bottle tiki torches, I definitely can imagine a few of them lit up around the outside of your pretty house! So happy to hear from you all the way on the other side of the world!

      • Jo Kreitz

        Hi Tee,

        thanks a lot for your answer. We didn’t make the torches yet instead lots of Christmas ???? decoration.
        On Facebook you can find us and look at our creative work.
        Fb : Eulenhof Jost Kreitz
        Yes indeed we are looking forward meeting you here or there.

        Have a wonderful pre Christmas Time with lovely ideas and lots of nice people around…
        Best wishes and greetings from ???????? Germany the Country of cosy Christmas Markets
        Jo

  93. Rebar is a bad choice for ground rod. Steel + moisture= rust. Rust + Electricity= poor conduction.

  94. Misha Munick

    This was really great! Thank You!

  95. Mark

    My question is can I put my electric box next to my house (so as to use the outside outlet to plug into) and run the ground wire next to the house and the Hotwire across my property 120 feet away? Perhaps running Hotwire underground in conduit?

    • Tee

      Hi Mark,

      That’s a good question…I’ll bet if you called an electrician they would be able to tell you. If you find out let me know!

  96. Derik

    Well, I have just that problem! I thank you for sharing your wisdom. I’m sure my obsconding pup will learn to respect the fence… at least I hope he does for his oen sake!

  97. Dusti

    Thanks for the help. My Golden Retriever pup is such an escape artist that I’m out $140 the last 2 days in pound fees. Electric fencing is our last hope.

    • Tee

      Just look at that innocent face! LOL Yep, I know the feeling! Get that hotwire up and you won’t have to worry anymore πŸ™‚

  98. Jimmy Bell

    Hi Tee, I wanted to let you know that I was finally able to get the instructions for making the fog machine, I can’t wait to build this.

  99. Virginia

    I have a chainlink fence and a pit bull.he was going under it.is fixed that but now he’s going over it and been into 3 fights.I was wanting to put a hot wire or 2 along the top. Can it be done and how and what will I need please

    • Tee

      Hi Virginia, Yes this is possible. I would definitely put a hotwire along the bottom and top of the fence. All the tools and equipment that you will need are listed in my post. First I would run the hotwire along the whole bottom perimeter of the fence using hotwire insulators (I explain about these in my post). Once you’ve run the wire all the way around the bottom, continue to run the line up high around the top, securing it with more insulators that I just mentioned about. There is a pic in my post showing examples of the hotwire at the top and bottom of the fence. Once your dog gets reprimanded a couple times by the hotwire, he will definitely respect the fence and keep a safe distance from it πŸ˜‰

  100. Aline

    Amazing <3 x) now I can do the running listening to my songs xD

  101. tink

    What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing this!

  102. cat hartel

    Very excited about this simple tutorial – I am working to help a underfunded, low/no budget high school theatre department doing the Addams Family Musical for this spring – a lot of talented kids with very little financial support and this will help immensely in the graveyard scenes!! I’ll send pictures when we’re done – thanks again for sharing!

  103. Karla

    Hello, for those of you whose dog(s) are afraid to go into the yard after getting shocked, I’ve always had success walking them near the fence and saying “Owie-Owie”. Then I walk them away and go back and say the same thing several times. Then I let them off the leash and let them go near it by themselves and say the same thing. Of course, they may go out alone and get shocked, but they learn fast. All I have to tell mine now is “Owie-Owie” when they are loose and I’m walking off the property alone. They stay inside the fence even though I open the gates. I have German Shepherds and they used to scoot underneath the 4 board horse fence.

  104. Ellen

    Can I zip tie the charger directly to my chain link fence instead of drilling holes in my house siding to hang it?

    • Tee

      Hi Ellen,

      Yep, zip ties would work just fine ! πŸ™‚

      • Angel

        For some reason our hot wire fence is not working, we’ve had multiple people with experience take a look at it and nobody can figure out what the issue is.
        My dogs dig out everyday. We used the galvanized grounding rod, and the aluminum wire. We have one grounding rod ( is this the reason why we’re not getting the connection we need?)
        Because nothing we do seems to work.

        • Tee

          Hi Angel,
          Hmmm…yes, I would add a couple more grounding rods, as you may not be getting a strong enough ground to run electricity through the wire. Good luck!

  105. Roger

    Thanks. I was hoping to find someone who tried this. I thought this would work was wasn’t sure how to make it happen. Any ideas for the sun shade?

    • Tee

      You know I’ve thought about adding a sun shade but just never did it…as long as there is a shade structure above the swing chair (some don’t have this), I’m sure it would be just as easy to lay and screw in some 1x4s onto the top…

  106. Rachel

    I’m considering trying to make a “mini” hotwire. There’s a product called “scatmat” that makes a fabric strip you can lay on your counter and when touched it shocks the offending counter surfer. But they charge about $50 for it. Would you have any tips or ideas on how to make a small hotwire to string across the counter edge? Even if it’s powered by a small battery? My main problem is I’m electrically inept. I have no clue where to start. Thanks

    • Tee

      Hi Rachel,

      Hmm, I’ve never really tried the whole electric fence IN THE HOUSE although I do use the scatmats ALL the time. (you can read my post about my scatmats HERE The reason I chose scatmats over electric fence for in the house is because I can remove them in an instant if I want to use the space that the scatmats were placed on. A hotwire is more permanent and time consuming to set up and take down. But if you did decide to go this route, you would have to somehow secure some insulators to string the hotwire along the countertop or wherever you want your pet deterred. Also, to set up a complete hotwire, you will be spending around $80-$100 so it might just be easier to get a couple of scat mats that equal that price…unless you needed to deter your pet from a very large area…just a thought πŸ˜‰

  107. Mary Jo Scarlette

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I am a licensed Wildlife rehabber and rehab all small mammals, except the bunnies. Some of my fellow rehabbers that do rehabilitate orphaned bunnies know nothing about the cecotrope but it was briefly taught in my classes. I was told it was very difficult to keep these young orphans alive and I can see this may be because they don’t use the cecotrope. I have taken in 2 one week old kits and this is day 2. They are doing well so far on the Fox Valley Formula (for orphaned cottontails, squirrels, opossums, etc.) and I know someone who has rabbits to collect the cecotrope from but could you help me with this: Do I need to collect the cecotrope early in the morning since it’s usually produced at night? Should I rinse it off when I get home in case there is urine or other contaminants/bacteria on it? How much cecotrope to formula ratio (pea size maybe)? How long will it be ok in the fridge (the cecotrope and the formula mixed with cecotrope)? When did you stop giving the cecotrope/formula mixture (when completely weaned?). Thank you for any help you can give me. I have researched this online and have found little info. about this. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I’m so glad to have found your blog.

    • Tee

      Hi Mary,

      I’m so glad you were able to find my post helpful…I also had a hard time finding information regarding this topic which is why I decided to post about it.
      I didn’t rinse my cecotropes with water or collect them in the morning but it definitely can’t hurt to do both. I would say yes, add a pea size to your milk formula at first and just keep adding little bits until the formula resembles a greenish-brown chocolate milk color. I kept my cecotropes in the fridge for about a week, then threw them away and collected new ones just to make sure they were fresh. I continued giving the cecotrope formula until he was completely weaned.
      It’s good to know there is actually a good formula out there (Fox Valley Formula)…definitely helps to share information to help keep these little guys alive!

      • Anne Veazey

        Does the poop mixture have to be the cecotrope poop or can you mix regular rabbit droppings.? We had a friend that has rabbits give us a bag of the cleaned out cage of her rabbits but I didn’t see any that looked like the cecotrope.

        • Tee

          In my research I had read that it needs to be the cecotrope, so if it were myself, I would not feed regular droppings. One of my readers did have success with raising a litter of babies without the cecotropes, so it is possible to do without them. Hope this helps!

          • Anne Veazey

            Sorry…one more question. I have a little guy that the dog brought up that we didn’t know where the nest was. I’m guessing he was approximately 2 days old. No fur, eyes closed, underdeveloped ears. I have had him now for 4 days and he has gotten a lot of his fur now and seems to be doing well. I have been feeding him about every 4 to 6 hours. His eating varies. Sometimes he eats a whole dropper (1ml) sometimes less. Last night he ate the best about 2 dropper fulls. He sucked it out of the dropper himself and was very eager to eat. But after that feeding he has not wanted to eat again. It has been about 9 hours and he has no interest in eating. He has refused the dropper. Do you think it is because he had such a large earlier feeding? Any suggestions? I’m worried about him

          • Tee

            It very well could be because he ate so much during the last feeding. I would give him a little more time to get hungry, and then try offering the dropper again in a few more hours to see if he shows more interest in eating.

          • Anne Veazey

            Just wanted to thank you for your post and answering the questions I had. This post helped me a lot in learning how to raise up our bunny Pip, as we affectionately called him. He was apparently 1 to 2 days old when our dog brought him up. No fur, eyes closed, and ears not developed. We proudly released our little guy today to hopefully live a long happy rabbit life (see attached video) Also, for those that might be interested…I could never find the cecotrope but bought Bene-Bac online and started mixing it with his milk at about 10 days old…about 3 days before I started feeding him solid foods and continued to give it to him until his release at 6 weeks of age. I had success with that. Thanks again

  108. Kandy Grogan

    I can FINALLY quit searching! You are bad ass girl! Thank you. My cats are going to be safe and the birds too!????

  109. Mekani

    Any idea of a link were to buy the spikey stress balls to make puffer fish?thank u

  110. Kim

    I have an old swing frame that I just couldn’t throw out in hopes I would figure out some way of making a new seat for it. Saw your post a while back and “WOW!”
    Perfect!! I dug out my swing frame, cut off the ripped canvas, gathered my boards and I’m ready to go!!!! Thank you so much for posting this!!!! Can’t wait to get men finished!!!

    Kim

  111. Betty Hoggatt

    I love your cat house! I am up to 10 cats now and several of them want to go outside. I don’t let them roam free because I want them safe so your cat house is the perfect idea and not too expensive! Going to show this to my husband (who, btw, wasn’t a cat person but is now that we have baby kittens who love all over him) and hopefully we can get started on it soon. I have enclosed screen porches on the back and front of my house which the cats love, but I think they want the feel of the grass and the sunlight. Can’t wait to get started on this!! Thank you for posting your idea!

  112. What an awesome project. Man, I sure am glad I found your website.

  113. RBK

    I appreciate the tutorial and I bought all the stuff you recommended by clicking the links you made to Amazon. But now I’m realizing that although the link you made for electricity conducting wire takes you to a spool of Fi-Shock aluminum wire, you say later in the instructions that aluminum won’t work. Am I correct or is it just a misprint?

    • Tee

      Hey there! It was definitely a typo which I have since fixed…thank you so much for the heads up! The wire you bought will work just fine as I use it myself for my hotwire πŸ˜‰

  114. Cindy

    Your swing looks great and we are going to try out your method. I was wondering if your screws go all the way through the metal pipe or just the top layer. I have seen some that use a bolt that goes through with a nut on the back. I would like to avoid this if it will work without going all the way through.

    • Tee

      Hi Cindy!
      I wanted a clean without having to worry about nuts and bolts, so I purchased self tapping screws that only went through the top layer. Hope that helps!

  115. Heather Kirby

    So cool! I will have to make this!

  116. Kayli

    My friend called me saying her dog had found a baby bunny, and he had killed the mother. I told her to just release the bunny, and let Nature take it’s course, but she said the baby would die. I didn’t know how old the bunny was, or anything. She told me to come and get it, knowing it’d be safer in my hands. Being a child, I had to ask my mom, and we went to get the bunny. I know, child = danger, but I’ve done my research, and I’m more smart about animals than your average kid :/ Anyways, I got the bunny, and was surprised at how small and young it was.
    I have the baby bunny now, and I’ve checked it’s gender, it’s a girl. I know this part will sound pretty messed up, but I’m keeping her in a tub with my mouse, Jwi. Jwi and Hosha (The bunny) are sleeping together and cuddling together… I make sure to open the lid and get fresh air in there every once in a while, and make sure they’re okay. I read on how to feed Hosha, and will do. My mom said I’ll have to let Hosha go once she’s old enough, and I’m fine with that. I want to thank you so much for making this helpful website!

    • Tee

      Hi Kayli!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my post! Lot’s of luck with your little bunny…sounds like she is in good hands though <3

  117. michelle charleville

    yea plans for a catio!! i’m hoping i can trade my portable gas generator and my gas grill to my handyman to supply materials and labor to make this.

    one issue is i can’t have it attached permanently to the house or i will require a building permit from my city/county.

    how easy it this to assemble/disassemble?

    it has become imperative for my babies to “stay inside” this latest incident yesterday is making it absolutely necessary to keep them safe from harm. Neither i nor the vet knows how he got these bruises but it happened in a four hour period AND this is after most of the swelling has gone down. Scared the daylights out of me.

    • Tee

      Oh my goodness, how scary! Yes, once you get all of the panels made, it’s pretty easy to erect. Since you can’t screw the panels to the house, you’ll have to figure out a way to keep it secure. You could always cement in two wooden posts (one on each side of the enclosure) and screw the enclosure to the posts…

      • michelle charleville

        The only problem with cementing anything is I have a cement patio that goes all the way up to the house.

  118. Nikki pearson

    Your website is amazing!!!! I love halloween. It’s my favorite holiday.

  119. Debbie Blood

    I have looked at your site and think it is great. I am going to use the low lying fog cooler. Do you have any other diy projects for we are doing a swamp theme this Halloween in sept. Thank you Debbie

  120. Lisa

    Hi Tee, Thank you so much for posting this awesome cat enclosure and how you built it!! Do you think that this will hold up in snow and ice in the winter months? (I live in Michigan.) Since I read David’s post above, about taking his down in the winter… now I’m wondering if I would have to do the same thing. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  121. Diana

    What do you do if baby cottontail sucks milk up his nose

  122. CARL HIRD-RUTTER

    I love this, Several years ago my friends hosted a party and we did this in the washroom with a motion sensor. We used a picture of Linda Blair from the exorcist. As you stepped up to the mirror a motion sensor triggered the with a short burst of light. Your reflection would disappear and her face popped in for just a second then your reflection came back. Quite ghoulish and lots of fun.

    This year I am going to make your fog chiller for my yard. I cant wait!

    • Tee

      Hi Carl,

      Wow that sounds awesome, I’m sure you got a lot of scares from that one! Hmm, maybe I’ll set mine up with a motion sensor… good idea! Enjoy that fog cooler!

  123. Me Myself

    So where are these plans i subscribed for!?

    • Tee

      Hi there,

      If you’re having problems logging in, you can shoot me an email HERE and include the email you subscribed with, so I can look you up and see what the problem is. Usually it’s just a small glitch that’s easily fixed πŸ˜‰

      Tee

  124. Paul

    Such a good idea!

  125. Sonia

    Congratulations!! So happy for you and Austin! I love the brand. A family friend’s daughter got married last year and they branded two slabs of wood they are making into a table. Victoria rode in on her horse led by her dad. It was really cool. You made a Beautiful bride. Love the picture of you and Austin holding hands around the door too. To MANY MANY Wonderfully Happy Years as husband and wife. Can’t wait to see future posts. Thanks

    • Tee

      Thank you so much Sonia! It really was a special day for the both of us, and I’m excited to get all of the pics back from the photographer.
      Branding the two pieces of wood is a great idea that they had! (and I love how she came out on the horse). I’m glad we decided to involve our horses as it makes it so much fun!
      Anyhoo, was so nice to hear from you!

  126. Larry Hall

    Have you tried red food coloring in the water? Would that ruin anything? or a water proof red or blue light in the bottom of the bucket? Just wondering. I love this guy and just wondered if you’ve tried stuff like that yet.

    • Tee

      Hi Larry!

      YES!! I’ve done the red food coloring for the first year or two that I had him, then found that if I shine a red light downwards on him it also looks red. Both ideas work just as well!

  127. Jimmy Bell

    I just finished my ground fogger by following your directions. Can’t wait to try it out.

  128. Jimmy Bell

    Got to try my ground fogger tonight, works great. thanks again Tee.

  129. Jimmy Hernandez

    Thanks for these wonderful ideas, Tee. You have quite a creative mind. Bought all the stuff I need except for the wire mesh, which I’m going to buy tomorrow and attempt to put this together over the weekend. Just wanted to let you know that there seems to be an issue accessing your complete DIY tutorials even though one is logged in to your site. The only way I could manage to view the entire tutorials is by clicking on the link from the confirmation email and then accessing them from my Member Profile. Hope this helps in resolving the issue.

    • Tee

      Thanks for the ‘heads up’ Jimmy! Next time you log in try opening the log-in link in a different browser (Internet explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Etc.)…sometimes browsers get messed up when we’re using them for no apparent reason. Let me know if that helps!

      • Jimmy Hernandez

        Yeah, I tried that. I usually use Chrome. I tried IE & FF, but still noticed I had to access the site via this confirmation link:
        http://www.aweber.com/z/c/?557ab987-7700-4c79-8ec8-b2ff3a6c8dd9

        It would take me to my member profile and I’d see 3 tutorials (Wine Bottle tiki torch, Fog Chiller, & pool noodle coral reef).

        Just wanted to say thanks for your wonderful ideas. I did notice a few things when purchasing the items and building the fog chiller.
        1) In your materials list you have this:
        Three 2 1/8in pieces of 2in diameter PVC pipe

        However, I noticed I only needed 2 pieces when building the chiller. One for each hole drilled. Not sure if I missed any steps or didn’t notice where you used the third one.

        2) You also mention in your materials list that you need:
        One 1/2in diameter tee coupling

        This is a tad misleading as what you actually used was a four-way or cross connector. The T connector will only allow for 3 pieces to interconnect. No biggie since they’re only about $0.65 each but still thought you’d like to know.

        All I need is to purchase the Cross connector and I’ll be ready to try it out. I’m going to use some landscaping plastic mesh instead of the wire one and see how that works out. I had some just sitting in my shed that I forgot I had. I’ll double up on it if I notice it’s flimsy at first. Also, have you tried experimenting with the exit nozzle? I saw a video where you could use a box or other item and made the exit sort of flat. This would allow the fog to dissipate in a more spread out fashion. I’m going to try different methods and see which one creates a more eery effect.

        One last thing, I’ve seen some videos where you could make your own fog juice using some glycerine and some distilled water. Just curious if you’ve ever tried this and what your opinion of it was. Seems like another way to save some money.

        • Tee

          Thank you so much for the heads up about on the signing in part…I’m definitely going to look into that. Sometimes these darned computers can glitch with certain things and they really keep me on my toes LOL.
          You are right about only needing two pieces of 2in diameter PVC and also the Cross connector, I’ll be correcting those mistakes shortly! (Sometimes these tutorials get so detailed that I have been known to make a little mistake here and there) LOL
          I have also seen the tutorial about the cardboard box having a more flat exit for the fog. You’ll have to let me know how that works if you try it!
          Also, I’m curious about the recipes for making your own fog juice! Let me know if you try that also πŸ™‚

          • Jimmy Hernandez

            Dee, just wanted to let you know that the fog chiller was a success and hit with all the trick or treaters! Unfortunately, it was a rainy and humid night here in Houston, TX (it’s 80+ degrees right now in December. LOL) so that kind of threw a wrench into our plans but eventually the rain stopped and we had such fun. I ended up trying regular ice but then got some dry ice and the difference was huge. WAY better results with the dry ice. Also, I went with a flexible wire mesh that my neighbor gave me and it worked beautifully. I didn’t get a chance to experiment in making my own fog juice but I’ll be sure to let you know how that works out later. There’s a lot DIY videos on YT that show you how to make your own. Thanks for your great ideas and I’m going to check back for your other tutorials. (FYI, I’m still having issues easily accessing the complete tutorials on your site even though I’m logged in already.)

          • Tee

            So glad the rain stopped and you were able to proceed with your haunt! I’ll definitely try the dry ice next year as it sounds like it worked well for you. Not sure why you’re still having issues with logging in…I wrote into the management who I acquired the software from and they don’t seem to have an answer which puzzles me because they usually always fix any glitches that I have. If I find anything out I’ll definitely let you know πŸ™‚

  130. Nathan Huang

    Hey! Can I use a bucket instead of the kitty litter box?

    • Tee

      I’m sure you could, you may have to tweak the measurements of the pvc pipe a bit but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out!

  131. James Adams

    Great idea getting this wet. Hadn’t thought about doing that.

  132. IMNRTST

    A-freaking-mazing! Thanks for sharing.

  133. Tink

    This is the most awesome jewelry cabinet I have ever seen! Finally, a jewelry storage unit where anything and everything can be stored all together! Thank you, thank you, thank you for the directions! Right now I have jewelry in my small jewelry box, on the wall, on another hanging item on my dresser and in my drawer. I will be able to finally organize it into one place! I can’t wait to get this project done. Thanks again Tee!

  134. Carl kukol

    Our fence shares another property. If I install hot wire on my side of the fence will my neighbors on the other side feel any effects of the hot wire on their side?

    • Tee

      Hi Carl!

      Nope, they shouldn’t feel any effects unless they physically walk over and put their arm on your side of the fence and touch the wire. I’ve always shared a fence with my neighbors and have never had a problem. Hope that helps!

  135. Audrey Crandall

    I love your video. Cute and you were a busy girl in November

  136. Kirk

    After you cut the wine bottle bottom off, how do you then secure the new bottom to the bottle?

    • Tee

      I just let it sit on the bottom piece since I like to take it apart to store every year, but you could glue them together with some clear silicone…I also make bird feeders with a wine bottle siliconed to a plate and it holds well.

  137. Jessie Hamm

    Do you have plans how to make the turkey feathers.

    • Tee

      Hi Jessie,

      I sure do! It’s under ‘Supplies’ at the top of the post called ‘Rustic Wooden Turkey Pattern’. You can print out the pattern on your printer and then trace the pattern onto your wood. Hope that helps!

  138. Kirk

    Help me figure this out: how to cut a bottle, not around the circumference, but in half from top to bottom.

    • Tee

      Hi Kirk!

      I haven’t yet tried this one but I looked it up on youtube and found a great video on how to do HERE
      I’ll have to give this a try as well!

  139. Looks like you had a great new year eve. Those pics are so beautiful. Wish you a healthy, happy, and joyful new year ahead!

  140. Laura Belle

    The bottom pic shows a gate. How do you run for gates to be able to open and close without a break in the line?

    • Tee

      Hi Laura,

      There is a link right above that pic of the gate that leads you to Part 2 of the post (How To Put Up Electric Fence/Hot Wire For Dogs, Horses, Animals (Part 2) Gates, rabbit/chicken coops) In case you missed it click HERE

  141. Katie

    This has been a wonderful resource… I have a young black and tan coonhound who is incredibly hunting driven and digs out of our fence constantly. I am considering hotwiring the bottom, but my concern is with my smaller dogs, 2 dachshunds and a chihuahua. I am terrified they will be hurt by the shock which they are bound to experience at some point. I plan to place marking flags all along the line so they will learn but I am concerned for the little ones safety. I am looking at the charger designed for dogs, chickens and rabbits. What is your opinion on the smaller dogs and do you think marking flags help them learn faster?

    • Tee

      Hi Katie!

      Good question! Luckily I have a good answer for you πŸ˜‰

      For dogs I prefer to use the Fido Shock which (unlike stronger livestock shockers), only gives out a shock strong enough for dogs. Through the years I’ve fostered and boarded hundreds of dogs in my home (including toy breeds) and have never had any issue with their safety. I’ve also never had a need to use the flags…they learn really quick what ‘bites’ them when they get too close to the fence and after a time or two will usually stay away. Hope that helps!

  142. Kirk

    Nice camera and lens! I’ve got a Canon Digital EOS, but rarely use it. I’m excited to see the new videos and pictures with your new eauipment!

    Thank you, for who you are and what you give to us!

    • Tee

      Hi Kirk! I hear Canon is a really good brand also…In fact was a very hard choice to choose between Canon and Nikon.
      Thank you so much for your support, it is much appreciated!!!

  143. Jackie

    Having trouble finding supplies, the flange and the neck ring

    • Tee

      Hi Jackie!

      I just changed the link that takes you to a new place to buy the flange and neck ring, so you’re good to go now!

  144. Nicole

    Is there a center support

  145. Ava

    I need to wire just one fence to keep my horses from ruining the fence to get grass on the other side. How do I make a complete circuit back to my solar box when I’m not running the wire full circle on the perimeter of the entire fenced area. I only need it on one side?

    • Tee

      Hi Ava.
      You actually don’t need to run the wire in a full circle when using hot wire. Simply connect the wire to the hot wire box and run the wire as far (or short) as you want. I actually have a section on my fence that I have a hot wire box, and the hot wire that’s connected to it runs in a straight line down to the end of the fence (no circle)

      • Debi Brand

        With respect to the “one side” only needed issue, the side I need to make hot is the west side of our enclosed yard. But how does one get power to it, short of having to run an extension cord to it from the house–not what I would want to do?

        • Tee

          Hi Debi!

          You can use a solar powered hot wire box in which you wouldn’t need an extension cord. Amazon has a good one HERE. Hope that helps!

    • Debi Brand

      Second post attempted here: I also need to run a wire on one side only. What works best for power absent a plug in?

      • Tee

        Hi Debi,

        Sorry for the late response, your comment somehow slipped through and I didn’t see it till now πŸ™‚ They do sell solar powered hot wire boxes that work well. You can purchase one HERE
        Hope that helps!

  146. Alex

    Awww, thank you so much taking this time to help the little guys.
    I’ve been in domestic rabbit rescue for 20 years. I have never personally dealt with a baby or a wild rabbit. I was involved in wildlife rescue until they started rehabbing coyotes using rabbits, nuf said.
    The cecals is very good, it’s great! I have a tiny wild guy that I’m about to try to rescue, I have two healthy house rabbits, so I’m not sure I can get any cecals out of them. If healthy, they usually don’t drop them.
    I am using your formula, and thinking I’m a better shot at this point,
    Again, thank you for posting this.

    • Tee

      Hi Alex!
      You are such a caring person to give your time to help these little creatures. I am so glad you were able to find my post helpful! It helps a lot when we can all share out stories and info that we’ve learned to help these little guys

    • alice

      All bunnies drop these cecals, but not all bunnies eat there’s or they drop to many and won’t eat them all .

  147. wil

    I think you used the wrong bait as yabbies (as we call them in australia), are attracted by blood. Raw red meat is the obvious choice as bait, as the scent is detected from them from a fair distance, and depending on current factors, yabbies will be attracted from several directions in good sized numbers, depending on the enviro and the yabby population. Bait needs to be changed every half hour or so because after the meat loses its color, it no longer gives off the scent needed to attract the yabbies.
    Try using raw meat for bait and I guarantee you will get 4 to 10 times as many yabbies, or possibly more, as you did with processed meat.

    Aside from that, your trap design and method of construction looks very effective and easy to do, and I will definitely try it myself. I have been trying to work out a trap design myself and I was thinking of an oblong shape with 4 entrances (one on each wall), but I am thinking your design is far easier to construct. Also your method of making the entry cones looks fairly easy, so I am going to try your design.

    Many thanks for sharing,

    Wil

  148. Yvonne

    We have two swings but they have fancy curly que under arm bar. Has anyone got suggestion on how we get the boards screwed in with these in the way. They are welded from frame to arm rest with spot welds. They look nice would like to keep but how do we fit in boards and screw them?

  149. Brandon P

    Too cool! I was gonna buy one, but I already have chicken wire to use! I want to make a few modifications to use in creeks, but I like this idea! Crawfish make excellent catfish bait. Even better, after you filet the catfish, the carcass can then be used to catch more crawfish! Symbiosis at it’s finest! πŸ™‚

    • Tee

      Hi Brandon! Wow, I didn’t know about the crawfish being great bait for catfish (and vise versa)…good to know!!!

      • Davem Agone

        crawdads are also bait for, large and smallmouth bass, trout , steelhead, salmon , bluegill , yellow peach, walleye, sturgeon, muddobbers and catfish also have caught large carp using small live crawfish. did i mention striped bass?
        nice design on trap. am going to build a few.

  150. Linda Coyer

    I currently have two swings that were used in my pool area. I’m moving into an apartment and have offered the larger swing to my neighbor, so she will refurbish it for her yard; with the assistance of your web site. I’m taking the smaller one with me to use on my patio area at my new location. Thank you for showing us how to make this happen and make two friends very happy.

    • Tee

      Hi Linda,

      I’m so happy you and your friend found my post helpful! It’s such a shame to waist the whole swing when the frame is still good…enjoy your new swings!

  151. wil

    Another thing about yabbies (crawfish) and any type of small crab or prawns/shrimps etc …

    Since I got older I have developed a conscience about boiling creatures alive, so instead of throwing them live into boiling water I put them in a sealed container, and put them in the freezer. After they freeze to death, I boil them. Some people tell me that being boiled alive is a faster more humane death than freezing to death, but I am not so sure.

    A New Zealander told me it is illegal in NZ to boil lobsters alive, and they usually drown them in fresh water before boiling. I doesn’t sound logical to me but he swears it is true. For now, I will stick to freezing them before cooking.

    Now, getting back to bait for crawfish/yabbies – Leftover fish flesh, like the frames left over after filleting are also good bait to use.
    Although I have never used it, I am told that a tin of sardines with a pinhole in the tin is great bait for fish as well as crustaceans.
    An American chat friend tells me that doing the same thing with a can of corn is a great attract-er for fish but he never mentioned crawfish. I have never heard of that here in Australia though.

    And lastly, a keen fisherman told me recently that the best crustacean bait is raw chicken necks. Cheap low quality ones from a pet food supplier is good enough, I reckon, and I will definitely try that first chance I get. I also heard the same thing from a guy catching salt water crabs with them, so it probably works. The key thing is to use raw meat as the blood will attract from a far greater distance than cooked meat.

    BTY, I made a prototype trap from your design and it turned out great! I cant wait to try it out. I’m
    going to make another one which will either be square or circular with 4 entrances instead of 2.

    Warmest regards,
    Wil

    • Tee

      Very interesting Wil! I’m not sure either about the New Zealand law…maybe I’ll google it πŸ™‚

      You’ll have to let me know how those traps turn out!

    • Mike

      Hey will I’m curious to know how the traps turned out, a d if you did a square 4 entrance one by chance

      • Tee

        The traps worked just fine as I’ve caught lots of crawdads with them, but I didn’t do a square entrance.

  152. Tink

    Hi Tee, This is sooooo adorable! I’m glad Mama Duck has her little pond! What a cool project and such a cute little video. You make me smile! Thanks for sharing!

    • Tee

      Hi Tink,

      AWWW, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! …and I just love hearing from my readers! See you in my next post πŸ˜‰

  153. Gail

    I enjoying seeing your blogs. Thank you for sharing.

    • Tee

      Hi Gail!

      So glad you enjoy them! I just love hearing from my readers and I’ll be seeing you soon in my next post πŸ˜‰
      Have a beautiful day!!!

  154. Kevin

    Hey Tee,
    So happy for you and Austin (lucky guy). My wife and I had a October wedding as well. Just finished you tutorial of cutting wine bottles for decorating our backyard gardens. I’ll have to send pics when all is done. Waiting for some warmer weather here in upstate NY.
    Enjoying your email post very much too. Looking forward to see your spring and summer projects.

    • Tee

      Hi Kevin,

      Thank you so much! So glad you found the bottle cutting tutorial helpful and I would love to see some pics when you are finished! The weather here in AZ is a nice 80ish at this point in time so I’m trying to get all of my outside stuff done before the 100 degree weather hits!

  155. Amber adams

    Wonderful ideal and very attractive to the eyes. Great video and step by step instructions. Would you like a white male duck? I need to find a home for him.

    Thank you for all your great projects!

    Amber

    • Tee

      Hi Amber!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post!
      Oh I so wish I could take your little duck but I’m pretty full with ducks and chickens right now, not to mention the neighbor’s flock loves to come visit everyday also LOL
      Hope you have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

  156. KC

    I Loooooooove your blog and this little horse is soooooo adorable and how clever you are! I don’t think there is a cuter one on the web anywhere! I love the natural sisal rope you used for the mane, tail and halter too. I want to make one like yours this spring and put it out in the front yard! Great job!!!

    • Tee

      Hi KC,
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial! You’ll have to post pics of your new little pot horse in this comment section when you’re finished…would love to see it!

  157. Mari

    Hello. I am having trouble feeding an about 2 week+ old bunny. I took him in yesterday as the rest of his nest was eaten by the neighbors cat and he seemed a bit slow. He does not appear to be swallowing the formula. I place the dropper into the side of his mouth and squeeze a little bit out. Some goes in his mouth and some runs down him. It looks like a little may be going into him but I can not see him swallow. It does appear that he is starting to nibble on some grass now. Is it possible that he is too old for formula? Thank you for all your insight.

    • Tee

      Hi Mari,

      It can be a little challenging getting them to get used to the eye dropper. With my little guy, I squeezed just enough to wet his mouth for the first few feedings if he wasn’t swallowing well. I’d wait a minute or so and then try again (all while wiggling the tip of the dropper around in his mouth as a reminder to swallow) It’s a little time consuming, but you are basically teaching them how eat differently than they’re used to, so be patient. Did you get a chance to watch my video on how I fed my little guy? Also, if your bunny is nibbling on grass, he may or may not be old enough to wean. They need to be about 4 or 5 weeks old before weaning. Can you post a pic of him?

      • Mari

        Thanks for your reply Tiffany! I did watch your videos. I tried again after your reply, I tried using a different dropper and he went for it! His tongue was moving all around and he was really lapping it up. I gave him 3ml and then had him take a little break. He was climbing on me as if asking for more so I gave him 2ml more. I was afraid to give him too much at once. He began to wash himself when I put the dropper away and then looked sleepy. The formula I used was liquid kittens formula as I couldn’t get my hands on any goat milk. I think I will try adding heavy whipping cream to it tomorrow. I have read so much stuff online the past day that my head is spinning! Thank you again for listening and responding!

        • Tee

          Yay!! I’m so glad you were able to get him to drink. I know what you mean about your head spinning from reading so much…LOL I have heard some people using kitten formula so go for it! Good luck!!!

  158. Sierra Juhl

    Do you think that using a 2×4 in the center from front to back screwed into the metal frame under the swing seat would work as a support? Just worried over time the wood will bend and warp with no support in the middle at all.

    • Tee

      Hi Sierra,

      Sure, I don’t see why not! You could even just make all of your planks go front to back and not worry about doing a brace if you wanted. The planks would definitely be a lot shorter and stronger going this way πŸ™‚

  159. Ray

    How does it work outside? Also how much area does it cover when running?

    • Tee

      Hi Ray,

      It all depends on the size of the fog machine that you have but I would say roughly a 168 square foot area (give or take) It will cover more ground if the wind isn’t blowing and less ground if there is a breeze. Hope that helps!

  160. Vickey

    Ok I have 2 baby cottontails don’t have there Ears and eyes Open yat and my dog killed three of them do you live close to Arkansas I thought you maybe could take these babies sent you did so good with the other one please I’d hate for them to die. 1-501-730-2986 Vickey Matthews
    Please give me a call

    • Tee

      Hi Vickey,

      Oh my goodness, I wish I could take them but unfortunately I live all the way in Arizona. Have you tried contacting any local wildlife rehabilitators?

  161. I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  162. Tink

    I just LOVE this! Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚

  163. Stephanie

    We just finished making these and they look great on my mantle! Thank you for the cute idea!

  164. Kristie

    I love these stars. They would look perfect on my porch! Thank you for sharing this awesome idea! Pinned! πŸ™‚

  165. Audrey

    I really like this. So very patriotic. Nice 4th of July display. Audrey

  166. Dana

    I am so glad to find this banner cut from jean pockets! There is nothing more perfect than Levi’s and Wranglers to signify the USA. Very clever!

  167. Kara

    My father served in WWII and I’m going to make this banner in honor of him! What a great idea! Thank you Tee!

  168. DeeAnn

    Your 4th of July stand is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

  169. Tom

    Thank you Tiffany for the directions! This turned out great and I get a lot of compliments on it. Nice idea!

  170. Angelina

    I LOOOOOOOVE This! Thanks for sharing your awesome idea! I’m making this for sure!

  171. Tara

    This light up sign is so cool! Awesome idea!

    • Tee

      Thanks Tara!!! Would love to see your after pics when you are finished! (you can download a pic right here in the comments section)

  172. Melinda

    I LOVE how simple this banner is to make and how colorful it is! I already have the burlap and flags, so this would be an easy one for me to make. Thank you Tee for sharing this idea!

  173. Kim

    This banner would look perfect across my mantle. You have some great ideas. Thank you!

  174. Thanks! And thanks for sharing your great posts every week!

  175. Audrey

    Hi Tee! I made a set of these stars and they turned out so awesome! I am going to post a picture for you to see how well they turned out. Everyone that comes over loves them. Thank you!

    • Tee

      Hi Audrey!

      Very cool! I love how you added lots of white stars to your blue star!

  176. Aimee

    This banner is adorable! I love your blog and your ideas. You are so creative!

  177. Genessa

    Super cute! How come I can’t think up stuff like this? Thank you for sharing your creative talents with us.

  178. McKayna

    I really love this! It looks like it is so easy to make, which is my kind of project! Thank you!

  179. Karin

    Just a typo… Might be important…”had a couple of adventurous kitties who hated the fact that for safety reasons β€˜MOM’ would let them go out to play. ”
    You mean…”had a couple of adventurous kitties who hated the fact that for safety reasons β€˜MOM’ would NOT let them go out to play. “?
    Also “chimp monks” lolol!
    Chipmonks?
    Thank you for such great instructions and photos!!!
    Great job!

    • Tee

      Bahahaha!!! You are right! LOL After hours of writing these tutorials, my eyes start crossing a little. I wonder sometimes how many other typos I have on my other posts! πŸ™‚ Thanks a bunch! Fixing it now πŸ˜‰

  180. Randy Forsyth

    nice ideas

  181. Tami

    Hello Tiffany,

    I just love your little clay pot horse. He is cute as a button! I’m going to have to put one in my garden. I have several horses and this would be so cute outside my home.

    • Tee

      Glad you liked the post Tami! You’ll have to attach a photo of your flower pot horse in this comment section when you’re finished!

  182. Kitty Lover

    Your wedding was one of the nicest weddings I have been to in a long time. There were so many little things in it that were surprises; like the way Austin rode in on his spunky horse to the “Lone Ranger” music, and the way the Preacher (brother-in-law) presented his ad-lib, funny ceremony, and many other things that were different. The little ring bearer was so adorable. It was so much fun and the dΓ©cor was awesome! You did such a great job on your wedding. K

  183. carol wenthur

    I love it will get on in today making this

  184. carol wenthur

    I do not see the pattern for the turkey feather either, and I have printed the pattern

    • Tee

      Hi Carol,
      You are right! Thanks for letting me know…I’ll get this fixed right away! My site has been under construction and there have been all sorts of glitches to tackle, lucky me! LOL I’ll let you know when the working pattern is back up! πŸ™‚

    • Tee

      Ok the turkey feather pattern is up! Thanks for your patience and happy building! πŸ™‚