Over time the design of Earthdog tunnel liners have
evolved. We no longer use 10 foot sections with fixed turns.
They were too heavy for normal people to lift and the wrong piece was always in
the wrong place. There are many different ways to construct proper tunnel
liners. These are the two examples of the liners that are used most often
in So California. The following pictures and files show the Great Western
Terrier and Dachshund Club Of Santa Ana Valley liners. They are generally
the same except for the placement of the roller and constriction elements.
GWTA EARTHDOG LINERS
This first set of pictures are part of the tunnel liners used by the Great
Western Terrier Assn, they are available for all member clubs. These
are limited to 15 feet of liner and do not include any of the ME
extras. GWTA has enough liners for separate IQ/JE/SE-ME tunnels at
the same time. Most liner sections are 4 feet long with connectors making
up the extra one foot. There are usually two long runs of ten feet,
two sections, with the entry tunnel and judge end making up the remainder of the
thirty feet. There are other pieces that are no show. Those are the special sections that allow the
roller and constriction pieces to be inserted into the middle of those sections.
Also not shown are the "extra room" section with a door on the top to
inspect and place bedding and the "extra exit" section. The
"extra exit" is clearly marked to prevent it being contaminated with
rat tea. With the corner lids and "joiner lids" between four foot
sections, all areas of the tunnel are readily accessible to scent or retrieve
recalcitrant terriers. (See Duffy's Tail on page one.) There are extra holes for
the dowel fingers in the judge end, these are primarily for practice or some
retrievals. The dowel fingers have unfairly been christened Duffy Bars.
This is not all of the pieces, more pictures later.
1) With the new rule changes, the SE-ME judge end has the doors altered so that
one section can be locked down to conform to the different SE and ME
2) An access door has been added to the top of the entry section of the
SE-ME liners to make it easier to place the rats 12 inches back from the tunnel
4) The "spare room" and "unscented exit" sections have
grooves at the end to allow for slider pieces to be used to block off those
sections of the tunnel as needed.
5) All of the tunnel mouth sections for IQ, JE and SE-ME have one end that
has the top flush with the end of the tunnel mouth. The SE-ME tunnel mouth
has dowel holes for the placement of the dowel fingers for use in ME walk up.
DCSAV EARTHDOG LINERS
The general construction of the DCSAV and GWTA liners is
very similar with two main exceptions. The DCSAV liners have the ME roller
and constriction pieces inserted between liner sections, not requiring special
liner sections for that purpose. In addition, the quarry box and
"judge end" are a small self contained unit that can be added to any of
the generic liner sections. DCSAV has fewer specialized liner
This is not a full set of tunnel diagrams, they
will be completed at a later time.
PLEASE NOTE: These plans are the intellectual
property of Steve Shultz. They may be copied in order to construct
liners. They may not be used for any other purpose or in any publications
without the express permission of Steve Shultz. They are presented to help
Earthdog clubs and members construct liners and are limited to that use
only. Contact Steve Shultz
for any other uses or contact the site
owner for assistance.
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These plans are in pdf format. A free copy
of Acrobat Reader can be obtained from Adobe. Click the Acrobat icon near
the top of the Earthe Dogge page.
If you have any questions about Steve's plans or the GWTA
pictures, send a note.
Feel free to use this information to make your own liners,
these are options, not specifically required. No images may be copied for
any other uses.
A Special Thanks to Steve Shultz
for his work in creating his plans.
Copyright © 1999 by [Duffy's Cavern]. All rights reserved.
Revised: 14 Nov 2012 19:26:28 -0500
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