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Silicone strength

Post: # 28568Post Will230145
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:37 pm

I used a silicone to glue in the "connectors for tubing" and they fall out when I try to put in tubing, anyone have suggestions for a VERY strong adhesive to hold it in that is ant proof, and ant safe?
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Re: Silicone strength

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Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:38 am

This is the outworld I'm talking about
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Re: Silicone strength

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Thu Aug 10, 2017 10:49 am

The way I keep the connectors in place is by using the hardening compound that comes with the Biome Kits. I suppose you could also use something like grout. I insert the connectors into the holes of the outworld from the inside, so that the end with the wide fan rests against the inside surface. Then insert 2" to 3" of tubing on the inside so that when you add hardening compound, you still have a hole that can be accessed by the ants. Cover the bottom of the outworld, including the connectors, with hardening compound and decorate as desired. After it dries, the hardening compound keeps the connectors in place.

Small tubing on the inside. Large tubing can now be connected to outside.
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Pen pointing to small tubing access through hardening compound. After it hardened, I trimmed any excess tubing.
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Re: Silicone strength

Post: # 28645Post Will230145
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:12 pm

Thanks I'll go with that, can a Camponotus Pennsylvanica queen fit through small tubing, how do you keep the tubing up when its drying?
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Re: Silicone strength

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Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:26 pm

Will230145 wrote:
Thu Aug 10, 2017 12:12 pm
Thanks I'll go with that, can a Camponotus Pennsylvanica queen fit through small tubing, how do you keep the tubing up when its drying?
Yes C. Pennsylvanicus can fit in small tubing. The tubing will be sticking out of the hardening compound an inch or so. Trim it after it hardens.
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Re: Silicone strength

Post: # 28665Post Will230145
Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:48 pm

Do you do the same for the other portal?
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Re: Silicone strength

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Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:00 pm

Yes on both of them. You don't necessarily have to use them both, but best to make them both available. If I only want one active entrance, I will just plug one with cotton.
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Re: Silicone strength

Post: # 28678Post Will230145
Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:45 pm

Ok, thanks
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