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Title: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Cheezit on May 15, 2006, 05:21:02 PM
I just got my Martin's R-670 and I 'm loving it. After I put it together and set-everythng up, and my rats went crazy in it. I noticed whenever my rats climb the cage bars or on the ramps, the cage makes a rattling noise from the C-rings. Is this normal/usually happen?
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: mandycoot on May 15, 2006, 05:29:23 PM
Uh-oh, c-rings! :shocked2: Most of us have learned from others who have experienced the pain of removing c-rings to put our Martin's together with plastic cable ties from the hardware store. In addition to not being pure evil, the cable ties secure the cage parts together much tighter to eliminate shifting and rattling. I'm afraid I don't have any solution other than to replace the c-rings with cable ties, but that would SUCK :( Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Lise on May 15, 2006, 05:52:37 PM
Eee... yeah... zip ties!! I think 90% of us used or have switched to zip ties.

You can tighten them up super tight so nothing would rattle then.  Perhaps instead of attempting to remove all of the c-rings, you can just try to replace the ones that are rattling with zip ties in those spots. :)
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Cheezit on May 15, 2006, 05:57:58 PM
The noise doesnt bother me. Im just asking if the rattling is ok. I'd much rather use C-rings instead of cable ties any day. I dont plan on taking the cage apart ever, its staying in my room, and if it has to move, its not that big that I have to take it apart. I love c-rings.
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Lise on May 15, 2006, 06:01:23 PM
That's cool.

You'll probably want to take it apart after a year or two though I'd imagine to do a really thorough cleaning. :)  There are some spots in Martins that are so hard to give a good scrubbing to while the cage is together.  Well with my 695 anyway.
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: menagerie on May 15, 2006, 06:14:56 PM
Uh-oh, c-rings! :shocked2: Most of us have learned from others who have experienced the pain of removing c-rings to put our Martin's together with plastic cable ties from the hardware store. In addition to not being pure evil, the cable ties secure the cage parts together much tighter to eliminate shifting and rattling.

Actually, I prefer c-rings. I've had determined rats pretty much dismantle a cage that was put together with zip ties and I'm not the only one.

Cheezit, I would have a go at trying to tighten the c-rings. That should hold it a little better and cut down on the noise. As long as there isn't a gap that a rat could get out of, you'll be fine.
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: lilspaz68 on May 15, 2006, 06:45:48 PM
Word of warning about c-rings.  They are galvanized unlike your powdercoated cage.  They get pretty gross after awhile.  When/if you need to remove them, I will link you to an awesome post that gives great ideas on how.  I even ordered a special c-ring remover online.  It works great  :thumbsup2:
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Suebee on May 16, 2006, 09:47:47 AM
I agree with mean... try tightening up the c-rings a bit. :)

I also agree with mean that I personally prefer the c-rings to the zip ties. ;D
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Cheezit on May 17, 2006, 02:43:32 PM
I think I am going to add zip-ties in between the c-rings for support, is that ok? And how tight do I tighten the zip-ties? Also, are cable ties and zip-ties the same thing?
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: mandycoot on May 17, 2006, 02:45:52 PM
Sounds like a good plan--I really like having the different pieces flush and tight with zip ties. You can tighten them all the way--they are easily cut off with a wire cutter when need be :)
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: jorats on May 23, 2006, 08:40:09 AM
I too prefer the c-rings. I do a thorough once a week cleaning using a brush and never had a problem with the odor.
One thing you can do is attach the ladder to the back wall with the c-rings or cable ties to minimize the rattling.
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: Plague on May 24, 2006, 10:48:58 AM
I love my c rings... but I am so tempted to... (insert histerical laughter from rat trying to get out sleeve tickling my arm)... switch over to twist ties. I forget who's cage it was, but in the cage thread someone had nifty neon twist ties used in multiple colors, and I must say, it was rather awesome.
Title: Re: Martins Cages Rattling Noises.
Post by: kim on May 25, 2006, 09:19:01 AM
ill also agree - i much prefer c-rings (and i know tracy does too) - zip ties area pain in the arse, IMO, and i like crings so much better!!!