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Kennel Tips - Dog Boxes


Dog Box Beds
Tired of always having to pick up spilled straw that falls out of the box when the dog comes out?  Instead of using straw for dog beds through a friend I have learned that it is a lot cleaner and easier to use gunny sacks filled with cedar chips. You fill one sack with chips and put another sack over the mouth of the first sack. You can usually find sacks at your local Farm & Feed store along with cedar chips or whatever you want to fill your sacks with.
Submitted 5/30/01 by Chris Helweg, Montague, California


RubrStar M800 Roofing
After trying exterior paint, then truck spray on liner, I have found the Fields brand RubrStar M800 Reflective SEBS Asphalt to be very durable. This is a reflective waterproofing that strongly adheres to plywood or the MDO "sign board", resists UV rays, and flexes with thermal changes.

It takes approximately a gallon to thickly cover a 7.5 x 9 foot dog box roof using a roller or brush. It can be textured for traction and will last for years of outdoor exposure. Coupled with the rest of the dog box coated in marine paint, it will be a long time before sanding and painting will be needed again.

Submitted 8/27/07 by Alan, Eagle River, AK


Waterproof Roofing
Last summer we built our second dog box. We were looking for roofing solution. Our first dog box has a rubber materiel (like innertube from tire) and it is great, but it does get slippery and very hard to find. I decided to try "spray on truck bed liner"  GREAT! You need to put it on outside and the brush is DEAD after, but it coats the plywood very well!  It is WATERPROOF (unless you drill in the roof) and depending which kind you get, it is not slippery if wet or very cold... It cost around $20 per container in Alaska, but may be cheaper in the lower 48. I used two containers for a 7 ft X 8 ft dog box roof.
Submitted 7/26/01 by Magali Philip, Nenana, Alaska


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