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Thread: Damn Squirrel!

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    My wife was just turning on the shower when all of sudden the power went off and an orange glow lit up the house, the windows shook and high voltage hum was everywhere. Damn squirrel just met his maker and almost caused me to meet mine. My wife was afraid to get back in shower. Of course, Windows XP didn't like shutting down like that. But everything's ok.
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    LOL, that's funny.

    That happens here about once a month. It can mess up a lot of stuff. I like it because it makes an a/c shut down and then come right back on(if there's no time delay), kicking it out on high pressure or tripping the breaker. Makes for nice easy service calls.
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    Chipmunks and squirrels have taken over my block. A few weeks ago a squirrel chewed up my neighbor's lp hoses to his gas grill on the deck. They chewed out a large round hole through the aluminum inline pressure regulator. You could see the spring inside it.

    Chipmunks bored under the concrete stoop at the front door. The concrete began to sink and crack.

    A neighbor loaned us one of those small trap cages about 3 days ago. I've been putting peanuts in it. So far: 6 chipmunks and 5 squirrels relocated to a nearby wooded area.

    I never knew squirrels growled until I came out to get the cage. Sounds like a bobcat.

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    Why relocate them? There are plenty of rodents in those woods already. The ones you add probably don't survive long. Most humane and effective is a rat trap baited with peanut butter. Its cheaper than a box trap, and you won't get rabies. When it comes to rodents, crunch all you want, they'll make more.
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    Had one of those squirrel adventures once. A squirrel used the high voltage lines coming from across the street to the transformer serving my house. One Saturday morning, I heard a loud explosion and the power went out. I went to the transformer and found one on the fuse links hanging down from its connector. Called the power company and they came right out, installed a new fuse and reattached the link.
    Sunday morning, that squirrel must have been feeling lucky, I heard another explosion and the power went out. Called the power company and when they got there we found the squirrel, on the ground belly up beneath the transformer.
    After that, no more explosions and no more power failures from tree-rats. I also got out my air rifle and pestered the mess out of them. Sitting out in the backyard with a beer and a BB gun is a good way to spend a Saturday.

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    The wife won't allow me to execute them. Especially the chipmunks. She thinks they're like Alvin, Simon and Theodore, from the Alvin and the Chipmunks records.

    Never mind. That's probably before your time

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    Now they were a pretty good group. I loved listening to them on the old Victrola. On the radio too, when we were able to afford one.
    I wasn't able to execute them, just harass them. My BB gun didn't have enough oomph to break my own skin at point blank range. It did sting the squirrels some though. They would scream at me when I tagged one. Then run away to come back and do some more destruction another day.

    [Edited by william antley on 06-20-2004 at 09:57 PM]

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    Originally posted by william antley
    Now they were a pretty good group. I loved listening to them on the old Victrola. On the radio too, when we were able to afford one.
    I wasn't able to execute them, just harass them. My BB gun didn't have enough oomph to break my own skin at point blank range. It did sting the squirrels some though. They would scream at me when I tagged one. Then run away to come back and do some more destruction another day.

    [Edited by william antley on 06-20-2004 at 09:57 PM]
    Yeah, I know what you mean. If I came out the door with a bb gun, the little varmints would probably have on kevlar vests and be laughing at me, giving me the finger.

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    How many amps are squirrel fuses rated at.
    A Diamond is just a piece of coal, that made good under pressure!

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    Originally posted by midhvac
    The wife won't allow me to execute them. Especially the chipmunks. She thinks they're like Alvin, Simon and Theodore, from the Alvin and the Chipmunks records.

    Never mind. That's probably before your time
    It ain't before my time, thus making my desire to terminate them with extreme prejudice all the stronger.

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    Originally posted by frozensolid
    How many amps are squirrel fuses rated at.
    I don't know, but I do know that they will easily blow a 400A fuse at 34,500 VAC...

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    Just a few weeks ago we had one turned into toast and blew out the link. Sat morning I was loading up my tools in the van and there were about 4-5 squirrels running around and when I came back they were gone but there was 1 laying in the street in front of the Camaro still breathing with it's eyes open. I petted it and it kinda growled so I left it when I got home it was up in the grass still getting better then it finally got up enough strength to go off on its own. I don't know if it fell or got shocked but his little a*s was sure dazed and confused. He's lucky none of the neighborhood cats found him.

    My cat alone kills 3-4 chipmunks a week that I know of.

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    Had one fall down the chimney and got in the house- after a few days trapped in there. The cat was chasing it through the house when I came home. Soot around all the windows where it was jumping up, sooty cat, squirrell nuggets all over, nasty.
    Oh, squirrels don't carry rabies. The little bugger ran across my foot and scratched me while I was shooing it out the house, so I've learned that piece of info from the doctor.
    But I got him back. Was pouring a liner down the chimney, since it wasn't lined, and a squirrel came up out the space. It was concreteatized. Ran across the roof and jumped for the tree, fell 5' short and hit the ground running.
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