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Old 06-21-2015, 10:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Mounting (and cleaning) your bucket wheel to a C&C Setup

Getting your bucket wheel off its stand and onto the side of your cage is appealing in that it can free up space that the bulky stand may take up or help make your wheel more secure without risk of tipping or getting knocked over. Plus, it looks better. Unfortunately, when it comes to actually mounting your wheel, it can be easier said than done. I spent a lot of time and much trial and error before I found a method that worked for me. The most commonly faced problem when attempting to mount a wheel is the sagging or tilt of the wheel. As many C&C owners know, these aren't the sturdiest of cages, BUT your bucket wheel can be mounted. First you need to make sure you have washers that are bigger than the grids on your cubes. An easy DIY way to make these large washers if you don't have any on hand is to use scrap squares of coroplast or rigis plastic with a small hole in the center.

Method 1: Mount your wheel to the cage exactly as it is mounted to the stand. Only this time, place the coroplast squares on either side of your cage walls to prevent your washers from slipping through the cubes. Tighten and check the tilt by placing a finger on the running surface of the wheel and pressing down gently. If the wheel gives too much and it is properly secured you may have to try method 2 (NOTE: this method worked for the Carolina Storm Wheel for me with no problem.)

Method 2: for this method, you will need to remove the vertical portion of the wheel's stand from the base. You will mount it to the cage with the wheel, bolt, washer, and coroplast on the inside of the cage (in that order) and the coroplast, pvc pipe, washer, and tightening piece on the outside. The pvc will provide the support needed to prevent wheel from sagging.

A drawback to a mounted wheel, is that it's a hassle to constantly dismount and remount it for your daily wheel cleaning. fortunately, there is a way to clean the wheel without having to dismount it. All you need is a tub (like the dishwashing ones you can find at the dollar store) a scrub brush, your cleaning solution, and hot water. Your tub should fit nicely under your wheel and will be used to collect any running during the cleaning process. Spray down your wheel and begin scrubbing. Rinse with hot water and repeat as needed. When you're done, remove the tub from under the wheel and dispose of the dirty water. Dry and your done. Easy peasy.

Thanks for reading! Hope this helps. Let me know if anyone has any questions.
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