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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:10 pm 
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Milo's bottle cap mousetrap modification

Catch every time and no stolen bait

Standard wooden mouse trap
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Drill with drill bit or metal screw
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Remove plastic seal from bottle cap
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Drill cap and pop rivet but do not pull the stem of the rivet out, just tighten the cap to the trap and then trim so there is a stub left
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:14 pm 
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Use a match to singe the cheese

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Great mod :claps:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:53 pm 
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Awesome. Have been researching various traps today as we have lots of mice and rats around at the moment. Might try this with a rat trap and see how it goes


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:18 am 
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bender wrote:
Awesome. Have been researching various traps today as we have lots of mice and rats around at the moment. Might try this with a rat trap and see how it goes.


Just use a bigger lid for the rat trap and probably fully rivet it in a second spot to the original trigger plate. The lid then becomes the wider trigger they step on before they take the bait (hopefully, in the case of a rat)

I remove the plastic from the underside of the caps because I singe the cheese (i have seen mice stick their heads out and start sniffing when I do this. Just let it harden again slightly before setting). Using a lid from something larger (mustard jar?) you may have to burn it off, but try peeling it away first.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:23 am 
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Thanks Milo. Will give it a try


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:44 pm 
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Thanks, every little edge in the battle is welcome. Would just fixing the bottle top with metal glue - a spot of hot glue or Tarzan's Grip or something like - work, or is there an advantage with the drill and rivet way that makes it more reliable? Is the rivet stud for securing the bait, or another purpose (weight or balance)?

Wooden traps scare me to set, fingers not strong or steady enough, so I rely on the red and white plastic Bunnings traps. The mousie ones are quite good, but the rat ones are too light and not much value. (And I recently spent $60 on a multi-rat-live-trap. Not one rat, not one).

Bender, please let's know how the lids on rat traps work out, photos if possible.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:01 pm 
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There is a lot of energy released from the coiled spring, I'm not sure glue would stand up to the shock of impact (positioned correctly the cap doesn't get struck, just lots of force disapated across the trap)

And yeah the stub is to jam the cheese onto

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:49 pm 
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Using Milo’s design I made a few modifications to my rat traps today. I couldn’t find a jar lid of suitable size so I just cut a 3cm square piece of scrap metal and pop riveted it to the trigger mechanismImage
Will be interesting to see how they go. Will keep you posted


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