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I'm fed up forever having to go down to B&Q and pay silly money for clips and other bits and bobs to hang toys up or shut doors tight and so on. I never have enough clips or hooks or widgets ....

 

I've searched and searched ebay for sellers of the right stuff at reasonable prices without stupid postage charges without luck, but having NOT found what I needed at B&Q (again!) I had another look and I've just found this site: http://www.galvanisedspecialists.com/store/index.php and he also has a shop on eBay ( http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Galvanized-Specialists ), but I think his prices are a bit higher there.

 

I have no relationship with this fellow, and he might not be the cheapest around,but he's a LOT cheaper than B&Q even with postage for even a small number of items.

 

I am SO happy to have found him, and I thought there might be other folks who have the same predicament (or need loads of these things) ..... I can certainly make my bird swings a bit more robust now!

 

Now, where's my credit card?

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Umm am I missing something? Is there a stainless steel or nickel plated section?

 

Generally most parrot people avoid zinc links etc, as parrots can be curious and like to chew such things...it seems a general rule these days is to use nickel plated or stainless steel.

Though the washers are harder to find.

So if anyone knows of good big SS washers supplier, do share:)

 

I know that many people still do use zinc coated things, and do not have a problem, many prefer not to.

I confess to using some washers on some perches, I have watched and none of our three seem to touch them. But with links on toys I am more careful.

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Oh dear. Hmmm. Fortunately I hadn't clicked "pay" as I was still building my order. I've reduced my order a bit to stuff that isn't likely to attract the attention of curious beaks.

 

I now have to think seriously about whether my swings that are already hanging from galvanised wire present a serious risk to health for the B&Gs and Greys who do 'come into contact with' the wire.

 

Thanks for the heads up.

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Sorry Ramagel..depressing innit? :roll:

Apparently, though I never got round to looking... some Yacht/ boat type suppliers ..what they called? Chandlers...? Have some stuff. Boats and saltiness, so they make some fittings that may suit?

 

Stainless links can be found at parrot type suppliers. They are of course more expensive but do last.

Nickel coated are okay, but they can and do flake after a while.

Though I have some links (nickel) that are quite old now and only thrown one away.

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What a minefield.

 

This article http://www.theparrotsocietyuk.org/index.php/Zinc/109 says "Galvanized metal which has been electroplated is safe, but galvanized wire (hot dipped) is not."

 

That makes sense to me (hot dipping just puts a coat on the item which can flake, break, or abrade off whereas, from what I recall of 'A' level chemistry, electroplating is a much more integrated finish (I can't think of the right word).

 

If that article is right, that thankfully tells me that the B&Q galvanised wire is probably on the OK side of the line it's definitely not hot dipped (which typically has a lumpy, matt finish, and I'm familiar with it, and it would flake away as the wire flexed. I suspect the quicklinks are also electroplated since hot dipping would be too coarse a finish for them to function.

 

I'm now a little happier but vigilant, and can take steps to make the items much less readily available to the birds.

 

Phew. Thanks

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Hi thanks ramagel for that last link am looking to buy stainless steel nuts, bolts,wing nuts to make toys for my macaws as at present they are taking the cages apart :shock:Have emailed the guy who is phoning me tomorrow.Have also been looking for stainless chain but cant find any

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I don;'t know how I didn't find these things when I looked some months ago - maybe they weren't there But now there seem to be more websites and ebay shops and the like.

 

If you search for something specific that will generate few google hits - maybe "stainless quicklinks", "stainless shackles" or "stainless turnbuckles" you get to find a lot of specialist shops who might have chain in their stocks. Having said that, I don't remember any chain - but I don't always remember this morning, either. Chrome and nickel plated chain seems OK though from what I've read.

 

When the guy phones point him at the forum: he can sign up as a trader and give us all a good price!

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I've found stainless steel chain on Ebay but no-one will cut it to size for me and I wouldn't even know what to use to cut it myself. It's driving me mad. If anyone knows where I can get some then please let me know as I really want to secure Bert's new cage so he can actually use it.

 

Allie

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Cheap bolt/wire cutters - less than a tenner from eg Toolstation, screwfix (altho they have got SO expensive recently) or the same place you get the chain Or take it to B&Q and use their in-store chain cutter quietly (it's by the chain :) )

 

They come in handy for all sorts of things including cutting off screws that would otherwise be too long, trimming off bolts that protrude too far, clipping nails (your own!)

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I really want to secure Bert's new cage so he can actually use it.Allie

Several clip links or carabiner clips joined together? Even joined -up split rings (like keyrings) from Wilkos?

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Hi Berties mum just found a site called ASHLEY CHAINS seems very reasonable and quicklinks are not bad price 316 stainless steel they also say will be supplied in one length unless you ask otherwise sounds good

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