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Adding Bottom Cover to Deter Cats, Toddlers from Investigating Wiring?  

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(@sammedoshen)
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May 22, 2018 7:01 pm  

We received our table last week, set it up without any issues, and we love it! We have been mesmerized watching it layout patterns. Our cats also have been mesmerized - which is not a problem as they walk on top of the table, but has us concerned about their interest beneath the table - wires primarily. Any thought/suggestion for a cover on the underside of the table - for new tables and also something that could be attached to existing tables? 


(@bruce)
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May 23, 2018 4:05 pm  

We have this in our plans and will announce when available.


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(@rberteig)
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May 25, 2018 12:32 pm  

Having lived with our three cats and a three footer for a little more than a month, I've become a lot less worried about the cats deliberately messing with the table's underside. 

My only real worry is that they likely do rub against it and could dislodge a cable, or on a dry day cause problems with static discharge.

That said, A cover (with a window for the ambient light sensor, of course) does seem like a good idea for new production. If a retro-fit option came available, I would be interested.

Right now my biggest cat problem is that I appear to have accidentally trained them that if they want attention, they should go lay on the table when I'm standing nearby. This is making it a lot harder to take good pictures of the sand!


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(@dithermaster)
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May 27, 2018 7:30 am  

With our 2 foot table, the cats were interested for about 2 days, and no longer are. For those first two days I wish the bottom had a cover, but now I'm less concerned.


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(@mariechang)
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December 12, 2018 5:07 am  

Need a bottom cover for sure!!!  ASAP

Cat can be unpredictable and they do chew on thin wire (like pet grass) or scratch electronic boards, the moving parts underneath (like some cat toy)

Don’t  wait until it’s too late.....  who’s responsible If any pet accidents or product damages for the electronic parts exposed design?

I have to closely watch my cat ever since it started moving (underneath has moving arm).  

Note: I follow my cat that’s how  I discovered the bottom were exposed without cover!?!


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(@mariechang)
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December 12, 2018 5:16 am  
 Posted by: Bruce

We have this in our plans and will announce when available.

Bruce, Can we have an update for the problem? Any time soon? Any plan in effect?


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(@bruce)
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December 12, 2018 10:27 am  

@mariechang -

We did make changes to the way the Sisbot attaches to the table that will make attaching a bottom barrier easier. But we have had so few requests that other stuff pushed ahead of it priority-wise. Be assured that there are no hazardous voltages (12V only), and we will certainly replace your Sisbot if your cat manages to harm it. I see you put a request in at our support desk - we'll follow up from there (we may be able to figure an easy solution for you, but will need to know some specifics about the underside of your table). You should hear from us within a day or two.


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(@bryshome)
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August 27, 2019 7:19 am  

I added a cover to mine using a piece of peg board. The existing mounts line up to the peg holes and the perforation provides airflow for electronics and tie downs for zip ties. I’m not a machinist so to provide spacing I used off-the-shelf #8-32 screws and nuts to provide spacing. Since the stock screws are pan head on the top (to clear the magnet arms) and use wing nuts on the bottom, you need to be careful in your spacing to minimize the remaining screw length at the top to provide movement clearance. The longer screws needed for spacing meant I needed to install with the head down. It is very sturdy and can support anything you may want to add since it’s a mid room power source.

With the additional space I may add an Echo Spot under the table to aide in mic reception. Btw, the power strip I added is Alexa controllable, and the outlet for the table is known as Sisyphus, but I don’t ever turn it off (except for its scheduled sleep time) so it’s a bit superfluous. Adding a power strip also adds a hidden outlet that is easy for the us to plug in devices to recharge when in the great room.

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(@bryshome)
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August 27, 2019 7:20 am  

Another pic of the spacing on the screws.


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(@bryshome)
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August 27, 2019 7:22 am  

Another pic showing the side view and how clean the table looks after attaching everything to the peg board.

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August 27, 2019 3:57 pm  

Very nice! Thanks for sharing this.


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