used crate with rusty bars ???

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Hey everyone,

My neighbor has a crate that they really never used. It's extra large plastic kind and it's been left outside for a while now so it needs a good washing but nothing major except for the metal door is rusty rusty...

I feel like this is an obvious answer but my dumb self went and paid him a few dollars for it already so now here I am with a crate that needs washing and rust remover (if possible)....

should I cut my losses and buy a new one?? are there any risk involved with this rust ??

 

thanks!

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You should go ahead and try and find a used crate off of craigslist that is in much better condition than the one that you bought off of your neighbor in my opinon... Rust has the same effects it does on us and on the dogs, infections if he somehow gets an open cut and whatnot.=... We don't want little Titus to get sick when you bring him home, now, right? :(

Erika and Zelda

When you say rusty rusty, do you mean rotted out? Or wire brushable(wd ?)?

If it's not too bad, wire brush it, prime and paint with non toxic (they do have that) spray paint.

Worse case, see if you can find a new door on line.

Now this is just me but I'd try to fix it. I found a weed eater next to someones trash can, fixed it and weedeated (wd?) for 2 years, until it blew up! LOL

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I'd do the same as Gunny:) firm believer in recycling:) if too rusty, you might make your own door. Good Luck!

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I buy all my crates new on ebay. I got my 42" ones for like 60$ then I offers a 36 for upstairs for Sully at night from someone who says their cratesare bigger than regular ones and it is as tall as my 42". I am at work so ill try to get the seller name when I get home tomorrow.

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One other thing, used dog equipment should always be thoroughly cleaned with bleach. If the previous dog had any of the deadly diseases we vaccinate for they could be present.

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Zelda you are absolutely right about not wanting to get Titus sick from it. As for the other comments, this will be my first time trying to remove rust but I think i'll give it a try and use the primer and non toxic paint as suggested just to see how it turns out. then if it's still not to my satisfaction of what i would want my Titus around, I will buy a better suited crate...

I will upload a picture tomorrow okay, right now it's dark out and i won't get a good look.

I don't know what "really rusted" looks like but this one def is brown lol, but there is still some chrome showing too so thats a good sign right...

Thanks for the tips everyone, this helps because I was expecting it to be a unanimous "NO WAY." Now I feel there is hope for my (money) that I spent to get it from neighbor.

I'll show before and after pic on this thread for the record and get a second opinion how's that sound!

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Control that would be awesome! and what a great price....

 

actually Zelda you have me really thinking now... Considering Titus is going to be a pup and still in process of first 16weeks growth... I am throwing this crate in storage for a project for some other day. I am NOT going to take such a silly risk that can be so easily avoided by spending a few extra dollars. Especially now that Control_Freak may have the hookup!!

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OK so the first crate I bought was a 42" standard crate for 51.88.  It is really high quality, thick and sturdy. The seller's page http://myworld.ebay.com/valuemassage/

The second crate I bought was another standard 42" for 59.99.  It is lighter weight and not that sturdy, Sully can actually get out of it, so I had to zip tie the sides together and put a lot on it. The Seller's page http://myworld.ebay.com/foryourpet/

The third crate I bought was a 36" for 49.99.  This seller says that all of his crates are bigger then standard, and the crate I got is almost as tall as my 42".  I actually figured if Sully outgrows his I will probably order another 42" from this seller since the crates are taller.  Seller's page http://myworld.ebay.com/ocean-moon-star/

Hope this helps, maybe I should post it in a new thread as well,  it is a far cry from $200+ for new ones at the store. 

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Control thanks for the links.. I spent $160 on The Big crate at the pet supply store and need another extra large one.. I think I will check out the sellers and order online :o)

That extra money can be spent on toys and blankets :oP

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Hey no problem!  I am all about saving money so I can spend it somewhere else :)

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I have caught Laith chewing on his metal crate more times than I can think of. Invest in something better. Craigslist or a yardsale always have them. Also sometimes the humane societies have them (for a decent price + a little for donation included). 

I caught a sale on the crates at PetSmart last week. Maybe it's still on?