Rolling Coroplast

Rolling coroplastImage courtesy of Guinea Pig Cages

Learning to roll a large sheet of coroplast has many benefits

For anyone who has built a C&C grid cage, the hardest part can be finding coroplast (corrugated plastic, also called corex) and transporting it home.  Many sign and graphic shops are unwilling to sell a partial sheet because it is inconvenient for them.  A full sheet of coroplast is 4 feet by 8 feet.  How inconvenient is it to get that home?!

Luckily, there is an easy answer.  Did you know that you can roll coroplast?  It is possible to roll a full sheet without crimping or cracking it.  It ends up as a four foot long cylinder about 20 inches in diameter.  Guinea Pig Cages has a set of step-by-step photos called Rolling Coroplast that demonstrate how it’s done.  Last week I had the opportunity to try these instructions and it really is as easy as the photos appear.  Added bonus? It can be accomplished by a single person.

I was fortunate enough to roll my coroplast indoors on a carpeted area.  I could step on the coroplast in stocking feet and not worry scuffing it with my shoes.  I secured the roll with way more tape than was necessary; I feared the thing would spring open before I left the building.  It turns out that once it was rolled up there was not that much tension on the tape bands.  It was a cinch to transport – just slid it into the back of my car.

The sheet may retain some curve when you first unbind it, straightens out nearly flat in a day or so. It won’t affect the workability of the coroplast.

Just think of what you could built with a single sheet of coroplast!  One huge cage, or a couple of normal sized ones, or add an extra level. Stop by the Guinea Pig Cages photo forums for some inspiration.

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Sally has owned guinea pigs for over 20 years and has organized the Boston Pignics since 2003. She is the CavyMadness “guinea guru” and assists guinea pig beginners on other cavy forums. Sally currently cares for a pair of sows.

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3 Responses to “Rolling Coroplast”
  1. Valerie says:

    I have been looking into getting a guinea pig & had been having troble with how small the pet shop cages are, so I found the C & C cages which if I order on-line can be expensive. I have cubes that my husband saved from a neighbors house that was moving so I have those. The corrugated plastic is all I needed, they where $30 dollars a sheet & still a bit expensive but it would work. Well I decided to visit out local home depot, & right by the plexiglas is corrugated plastic in 3 sizes the largest looked to be about 4×7 or 3×6 sheet & it is $10.50 a really good deal.

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