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Help with corner stabilizer on MidWest Ex-Pen

I purchased a new MedWest Ex-Pen for my new puppy. I cannot figure out how put on the black plastic corner stabilizer. When I put it on, it is very loose and doesn't stabilize anything. I am putting the notch part down and putting split over wire. Do I need to widen the split so it goes over the round pin that holds the panels together at the top? I don't get it. Do not see how this black tube could stabilize the pen into octagon when the panels are supposed to be aligned as straight as possible when you put this stabilizer on. The instructions don't give an illustration on what it is supposed to look like once stabilizer is attached. Can somebody post a close-up pic on what this black corner stabilizer looks like when installed?
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So now I feel stupid, I never realized that's what those were for! I have them on the bottom in the middle of the panels. I thought they were sort of like feet, to protect the floor from the wire. But looking at pictures, I clearly can't follow instructions. The way I have them they do help stabilize it a little, but I have never tried to use one on a joint.
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Well, now I don't feel so stupid. The instructions do say you can put them on the bottom to keep pen from scratching wood floor. I just found a video on Chewy.com for the FRISCO brand. Appears you only use the stabilizers on top when in Octagon.

I pick up my puppy tomorrow and wanted everything set up. I guess I will use as rectangle and forget about the stabilizers. I bought the 36" high ex-pen with step-in door. Because a forum member said her fur baby just jumped on top of crate and then over 24" ex-pen.
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From what I remember after getting an ex pen with those same black tubes, they only stabilize if you have your own shaped into a hexagon (or octagon...I forget how many panels there are) as the slight bend puts the correct amount of pressure on those to hold them

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From what I remember after getting an ex pen with those same black tubes, they only stabilize if you have your own shaped into a hexagon (or octagon...I forget how many panels there are) as the slight bend puts the correct amount of pressure on those to hold them
I just tried it today and this is exactly right! Using the little tubes as feet does provide slightly more stability than not using them at all, but itís definitely the most secure with the tubes at the joints. I usually use my ex-pen as more of a wall now but Iím glad to know this because Iím sure it will be useful one day.
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