Custom Equipment

NOTE: This topic list is preliminary, and currently only one topic in this list (the litter boxes) actually links to a topic page. — Check it out below.

Topic Index:

  • Cat Tracking, Management and Symptom-Identification Software
  • Computer Network and Interface Cards
  • Automatic Cat Door Tunnels
  • Automatic Composting Litter Boxes
  • Automatic Kibble Stations
  • Automatic Watering Stations
  • Air Liquification & Fractional Distillation Micro-System
  • Freeze Drying Chamber
  • Self-watering Wick-Pots/Barrels


The ultimate goal here is to create a do-it-yourself manual for each piece of sanctuary equipment. Each manual should contain a parts-procurement, fabrication, operation and maintenance section, and possibly others. Let me know if I’m missing anything?

The parts-procurement section should discuss in detail how to glean and cannibalize every part – wheels, motors, pumps, fans, brackets, wires, electronic components and even certain crucial nuts and bolts. It should identify sustainable sources from which specific materials or parts, or the equipment containing them, can be gleaned (or purchased new as a last resort, and hopefully at a very reduced cost from a manufacturer). Where needed, it should give dis assembly advice and/or sample instructions (with photos) showing how to remove the parts from the equipment. It should also give recycling suggestions for the leftovers.

The fabrication section should advise the builder on what hand tools are needed for each stage as well as what skill level is required for dangerous or complicated tasks such as welding, cutting, drilling, soldering, etc. There should be a disclaimer, sufficient safety warnings and maybe even advice on where to look for skilled, volunteer help.

Remember, It doesn’t matter how ugly each piece of equipment is or how long it takes to build, only that the parts are abundant and free, and the equipment is sturdy, safe, functions as needed for a very long time and is low maintenance.


The motto for this section of the project should be “One man’s junk is another man’s spare parts.” Gleaning is an ancient and humble practice. Re purposing discarded parts to a new useful life makes the act of gleaning a Green form of recycling as well, since energy will not be expended to make new parts or process the old ones.

If the idea of gleaning makes you uncomfortable, please don’t let that stop you from contributing to these designs. Let others who enjoy the challenge of locating gleanable parts do that job. If ever a design suggestion is made that requires an uncommon part, those who are gleaning experts will do their best to find an abundant source or they will let us know. This is a large open project with the potential for many to be involved. Everyone should work to their strengths. Contribute only where you feel comfortable and be sure to have a good time.

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