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02-20-2014 10:54 PM
volcano Ive got cordura motorcycle gear and I dont think itd hold up to constant uv like full sun all day. Also isnt 15 dollars a yard enough to scare you off. Id use something cheaper and maybe reinforce the bottom 3 feet with fencing or chicken wire. My girl really doesnt try getting out so thatd be good enough for her.

Also- keep in mind the purpose of bite suit fabric, its something that dogs like biting. It feels like an animal and sets off prey drives. My girl had bitten some tubes and stuff at shutzhund and when I presented my cordura jacket to her at home she bit into it right away, I stopped that since its for me and not her.
02-20-2014 10:36 PM
jocoyn Ah, makes sense...
02-20-2014 09:12 PM
JackandMattie
Bite Suit Fabric?

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I think I would really be inclined to do something gazebo like with wood. It could look very nice and you could top it with cedar shakes... You could make a skirt for the tree out of hardware cloth to allow for growth and to keep snakes out.

I hear you, Jocoyn! Thing is, I can't figure out how to put a rim around the tree trunk, other than a drawstring cinch... And the other thing is, which i haven't explained, is that this needs to be a moveable structure. I am renting. That's why I hit on the hinged panels... Did that years ago to create a rabbit habitat for my housemate. Something sturdy, that she could easily fold down and transfer when the lease ended. Wood frames, hinged, and lined with wire fabric proved the perfect solution. I moved before she did, but when it was time for her to go, she was able to pack up the structure and re-assemble it at the new house, and her 5-yr old daughter never was distraught about losing her bunnies

Only difference here is I need a taller structure (no biggie), and living in the deep east Texas forest more protection against predators, esp snakes.

That's why I want the impregnable fabric roofing. I'm thinking if I can secure it with a drawstring around the top, with enough of a grade, then predators can't get in, and I can move it among the 8-13 mature Pine and Hawthorne trees within my fence line for as long as I live here, and when I move, I can easily break it down and pack it up


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02-18-2014 10:32 PM
jocoyn I think I would really be inclined to do something gazebo like with wood. It could look very nice and you could top it with cedar shakes... You could make a skirt for the tree out of hardware cloth to allow for growth and to keep snakes out.
02-18-2014 10:23 PM
brembo
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....a fabric a dog can't bite through....

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There is such an animal out there, the fabrics are very resistant to puncture. Don't know how well the tech holds up to slash/tear forces however. The newest stuff is still sort of prototype-ish and likely not available to civvies as of yet.
02-18-2014 02:58 PM
JackandMattie
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If it is for the dog....I still can't figure out how the tarp that I put under the 2nd story deck (the tarp was 7 feet off the ground) wound up ripped down and in tatters. Never underestimate the creativity and destructive potential of a dog. Not sure I understand the snake thing though.....

I think it is an unusual request which is why you don't see a lot of experience. When I had a dog pen I used this heavy black stuff with reflective coating. Guess what...it was SUPER strong. So strong that when a really good wind came up it twisted the frame of my dog pen but the tarp was all good.

Sheet metal roofing, A wood and shingles roof (like a gazebo) with room for the tree to grow.

It's actually going to be for my hens, but I thought what better than a fabric a dog can't bite through . Well, I know there's probably no fabric that's magical like that, lol, so I just might have to go a different route. Hmm....


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02-18-2014 02:56 PM
brembo Waxed canvas is likely going to be the easiest and most readily available. Huge working knowledge base of the material too, it's been around for a long long time. There are some aramid type materials that would likely work better, but sourcing such materials can be a headache. Also working with the stuff can be tricky, some are so other-worldly tough simply cutting them to size is an ordeal.
02-18-2014 02:53 PM
JackandMattie
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Firehose material if you can find it. The stuff wears like iron.

Hey! That's an idea!! Going to check it out! Thanks


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02-18-2014 02:52 PM
JackandMattie
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A coated 1000 denier cordura should be pretty tough stuff available in all kinds of colors and camo. All my pack stuff is made of that and it is very rugged.

You could research cordura vs ballistic but I think the cordura would give you a more natural look and be more abrasion resistant.

I'm going to look into the cordura more. Thanks


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02-18-2014 02:50 PM
JackandMattie I'm sorry, David. You were trying to help. I didn't mean to get snippy. That was rude of me

I was tired and should have just gone to bed because I was actually frustrated already trying time an answer on Google doh.

Actually was kinda hoping someone here did have experience!

I apologize for taking it out on you.


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