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Heck, this was the first time I'd ever seen a beday, or however you spell that funky European toilet that I have no clue what purpose it serves.

Bidet! Warm and cool water for rinsing out your bits VERY thoroughly. Your.. bits. BITS. You know. Yeah. That.
And the house had a 1600 sq ft garage that went underneath and even had a furnace! The guy worked ... idea what I'd use it for, other than maybe a ridiculous reason to learn how to change my own oil.

I'd teach you, in exchange for one of your amazing home-cooked meals that is... Emotion: big smile
My father required all his children to learn to give a complete tuneup and possess basic diagnostic skills before we were permitted to get a driver's license.
Anyways. I hope we can find a house faster than fr0glet can. Although shopping is fun. :-)

6 months isn't a long time to house-shop at all, really. I learned thatreading Home-Buying For Dummies . Indispensible.
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
Rememer a while back we saw an ig cage online that was a sliding glass door mounted in the corner of a room? Could be a cool option and maybe even fit the budget, I've no idea really...

room, away from plumbing, so the larger dish will have to be something carryable. I'm thinking a catbox?

You can still do a built-in water area. Raise the base of the cage off the floor. Put a cubby with door under the cage and use a canister filter to circulate and clean the water. The canister filter is also very handy when it comes time to do water changes. Use a quick release valve on the hose that directs water out of the canister and into the pool. Turn off the canister, disconnect the hose from the pool, put the end in the bucket, turn the pump back on. Voila! Water is pumped from the pool into the bucket. No siphoning necessary.
I would suggest making a spot up high for an automatic misting system, too... the more I read about the ... of potential dehydration from moderate humidity environments the more I push ultrasonic humidifiers... it's a tropical rainforest lizard after all!

Yeah. Y'know, I often wonder about this one. Most humidity recommendations for Iguanas recommend humidities that you would find at ground level, or near to it. Everytime I've seen Iguana's in the wild they've been at the top of the canopy. It's much less humid up there. This is just a general point not at all saying not to keep them humid, but sometimes I wonder if we don't overdo it.
How many heat lamps? What kind?

You're going to have to test until you get the right ambient temps. I would guess in that much space, ... basking spot for Stinker. I don't really know about PTS requirements so no idea if he'd need to bask seperately.

Stinker wants a cooler basking spot than Sorath, about 86 degrees. But he can just not get as close to the heat source if it's a truly big cage. As long as he still climbs up to get his UV.
I like Jenn's idea of mounting them on a screen top, then building up a false wood wall on the ... to keep them off the bulb, hanging the box and fixture underneath another basking platform... that's hard to describe. Sheesh.

I like these ideas too. But also extend the lamp cover on top down a bit past the top of the cage. Because the cage is (presumably) taller than you, you'll be able to see those lights everytime you look in if you don't mask it a bit below the light too. Did that make sense?
BTW, our new house is a lovely ranch in Westlake ... house. Moving is planned for the last weekend in January.

Sounds fantastic.
Oooh. When I was at the Munich Zoo last month they were building a new exhibit. They took some chicken wire and made large, long tubes out of it. They covered the tubes with fiberglass and coated the whole thing with sawdust before the resin dried. Then they painted the tube brown and splotched on some other natural colors. Looked just like a big ol' log when they were done. They also put some holes in the side of the log and added real tree branches. For the ends of the tubes it looked like they were making caps with the same materials. It looked great.
-Z
How do I get this thing to look zoo grade?? OR, does anybody know a custom cage designer and builder ... find one? We are willing to PAY someone to come figure this out and set it up for us. Hellpp!!

Well, you could always break into the reptile house in Cleveland and take their iguana exhibit. :-)
Or, you could try contacting the Cleveland zoo and find out who does their exhibits. They may do it or point you towards someone who might.

Scott
Some of us require high speed internet access availability to function. I believe Jenn's husband (like mine) requires DSL "just ... mile radius around each central office (approximately) so moving to the boonies can mean dialup is your only option shudder.

Satellite.
Also, the boonies in Snohomish and King county in Washington can mean seedy neighborhoods, trailer parks, no neighborhood watch, lowered home value and hard resellability.

Yeah, we went through that when we were looking for a house. You'd find a nice house with a nice clean yard surrounded by trailer parks or homes with wrecked cars and garbage in the yards. But after dealing with the homeowners' ASSociation here, I've decided I could tolerate a bit lower class of neighborhood just to have rights over my own property. And some of the "trailer trash" are the best people in the world, while some of the well-to-do people in this neighborhood are the nastiest a-holes I've had to be around. And who needs a neighborhood watch?? I have a big aggressive husband, a big protective dog, a NOISY dog and a Glock.
Walking naked in the sun in the front yard, that's the life.

Hell, I live right in town and walk naked in my back yard in the sun regularly. I also have an upstairs patio for nudism. Emotion: smile

Eh, I don't care to thrill the local teenage boys, of which there are many, OR embarrass my children.
Cindy
Shower stall! I've always thought an acrylic shower enclosure or tub enclosure would be THE THING for an iguana cage, for at least one end of it.

Cindy
Geez, buy the house! Living in the boonies is wonderful! No snoopy neighbors, no homeowners' associations, no NOISE, you'd love ... trips to the grocery store are a thing of the past when you live 40 miles from it. Emotion: smile Cindy

Boonies doesn't work for us because Tommy works in downtown Seattle. If we bought the house he'd have to drive to the Park & Ride and have an hour bus ride to work. We can't afford parking in downtown, it's ridiculous. So we're looking for about a 30 minute commute.

Jennifer
Bidet (must be french). It's used to wash the under-the-belt-zone. First time I saw one was when I came to Italy, in Germany they aren't used. Anna

Ah. Okay. Um. Is there a discreet way of getting a desciption of just how it's used? I'm very curious. :-)
Jennifer
Some of us require high speed internet access availability to function. I believe Jenn's husband (like mine) requires DSL "just ... mile radius around each central office (approximately) so moving to the boonies can mean dialup is your only option shudder.

Never look back! :-P DSL or cable modem is one of our "must haves" for the new house.
Also, the boonies in Snohomish and King county in Washington can mean seedy neighborhoods, trailer parks, no neighborhood watch, lowered home value and hard resellability.

Yuppers. If I bought that $300K house I could sit in my hot tub on the deck and look over the fence at the single-wide trailer home next door. :-/
As long as theres a teriyaki place close by, Jenn and Tommy will survive... Emotion: big smile

Lately it's been more burgers and tacos, but the presence of decent fast food is a real bonus. I'm averaging one cooked meal a week. :-( Except now that we're sick I'm cooking a lot of canned soup and mac & cheese, but that doesn't count.
Hmmm, maybe if we find a home in the bottom of our price range, I can spend some of that leftover money on a $3K Weber Genesis grill and have motivation to cook! :-D
Jennifer
Oh, and congrats on your future house Emotion: smile Anna

Thanks! :-) This is really exciting. I've got homebuying on the brain.

Jennifer
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