DD (14) and I would like to build an incubator but are electrically challenged. Whenever I see "how to's" they blithely talk about connecting this or that electrical component to this or that other electrical thingy and frankly, I can't follow them. So I am looking for the "Idiot's Guide to Building an Incubator" and I'm hoping there is a thread or BYC page just for us. We picked up an Omaha Steaks cooler this morning. I will be picking up a PC fan later today. I have light bulbs. I have hardware cloth. I have a thermostat that I used on reptile cages years ago. Do I need a light fixture for the light bulb OR would it be possible to provide enough heat for an incubator using a reptile heating pad (or two). They get up to around 100, I believe. Help? Please?