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Our first error was to think that the price was for 3 items like on the picture. Our mistake, we should have read that it was for 1 item only. So, here in Canada, it's actually 114$ for a PVC tube with sisal! We returned it, not that the quality wasn't there, but 114$ too expansive.
BUT.....no instructions as to how to fix it to my wall, does the plastic end cap with the screw holes which is now lodged into the pole come out/unscrew? I hear something rattling around inside the pole...could be screws and rawl plugs maybe? Does the end with the plastic cap lodged in unscrew or is the cap supposed to pop out? Are the fitting instructions inside the post? Seems daft not to have a warning note to show you best way to get the cap out!!! I am stymied at the moment as to how best to proceed....it was quite expensive so I do not want to strongarm the cap out with a screwdriver in case I bust something, can anybody who has bought one tell me the best way to proceed? I am having an IKEA moment right now, just staring at the post and considering my options, my cat is looking at me with a puzzled frown, so she is no help! No videos on YouTube or a PDF on the Catastrophic Web site as to what to do next.....
I dug deep into their web site and found these instructions, I am going to need a hand, not a straight looking job by any means, needs some experience at DIY, luckily my friend Tim is a diamond geezer and he will help cackhanded me!! SISAL CAT POST STEPS 3 – Long screws 3 – Small Champagne screws
The Sisal Post comes with the cap detached and with 3 holes where you should mount the cap into the wall. The post needs to be mounted into a stud.
1. First, using a stud finder and a pencil, mark the center of the stud you will be using.
2. Next, hold the cap up against the wall so that all three holes are approximately in a line vertically (like in Figure 1) and can reach the stud.
3. Pilot one hole first and mount a screw in tightly. You can then pilot both of the other holes and mount the screws in. Check to see if the cap is held tightly in place, with no wiggle. If it wiggles at all, you can mount another screw in to hold it in tight or try to re-tighten the screws.
4. Place the body of the Post onto the cap, making sure that the sisal ends line up (Figure 2). You can press pretty hard. If you are having a hard time getting the body to line up with the cap, pull the body off and start over. Twisting and pulling will release the body.
5. Once the two pieces are flush, attach them with screws. Count two rows of sisal down the Cap (the piece mounted into the wall) from where the two pieces meet.
6. Pilot one hole between the 3rd and 4th row on the cap (Figure 3). Mount a screw into the hole. The screw should sink down between the sisal, slightly hiding.
7. Pilot two holes other and mount screws in them. Make sure the post is holding up securely.
The steps are sturdy and well made. They have a nice natural rustic look. One of our cats refuses to go near them but the other one likes to play on them. They are a good size - not so small that they're too difficult to use but small enough to require some agility.
Though the measurements are on the product page I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the post and how sturdy it seemed. My larger cat has no problem jumping on and off the sisal post, and likes to stretch to scratch at it. My small cat likes to sit and watch wha she it going on below.