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Old 06-17-2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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Squirrels & Gas lines

For the second year in a row the local tree rats have chewed through the gas line that runs from the regulator to the trailer connection. Any idea, short of shooting them, as to how to prevent this? It is a pain to have to change that thing out every year.
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Old 06-17-2007, 08:54 PM   #2
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Kinda like the shooting idea.........

Maybe wrapping the line in a steal mesh???

Or just shoot 'em.
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Old 06-17-2007, 09:18 PM   #3
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As part of winterization, why not just remove the thing?

My radio side speaks here: Find a section of coaxial cable, (fairly fat stuff) strip of the outside coating (carefully) The underlying copper braid can be removed like one of those "chinese fingertraps" Now with a couple of small hose clamps you can make a braided metal cover to slide over the rubber hose.

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I was thinking of braided steel too, but in a pinch you could wrap the hose with steel wool... they shouldn't get through that
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The steel wrapping seems to be the answer. Since I live within the city limits if I shoot them, I will likely be visited by some of the city's finest in short order so I suppose that is out of the question, although we are out away from where most folks live.
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:19 AM   #6
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The steel wrapping seems to be the answer. Since I live within the city limits if I shoot them, I will likely be visited by some of the city's finest in short order so I suppose that is out of the question, although we are out away from where most folks live.
Also the chance of hitting the propane tank bad juju on that one.

Wire mesh, steel wool........ Don't wrap it with acorns though, I hear that will only attract them.
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I never heard of this happening before and can't help but wonder what it is about the chemical composition of that particular brand of pigtail that is attracting the attention of the little critters. Barring an answer and effective fix, perhaps changing out to a different brand of pigtail might cure the problem.
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what it is about the chemical composition of that particular brand of pigtail that is attracting the attention of the little critters.
These hoses are probably made from pecan tree sap as the main ingredient. You know, biodegradable and environmentally friendly and all.
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