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  • 808Dave commented on JakeCon's instructable Ancient Chicken Trap2 weeks ago
    Ancient Chicken Trap

    I've not given up on this just yet, but my first attempt failed. I found the trap unsprung with all bait gone. My (monofilament) noose was nearby, not tightened, and may simply have blown off, though it wasn't windy overnight. Questions:1) Bait: it's totally possible that rats ate all the wild-bird-seed-mix bait I'd used. Were you using cooked, or uncooked rice? I'm thinking they might leave uncooked, or even cooked rice alone.2) 'springs' - I might just have to try the palm midribs, because I've not thought of any simple synthetic substitutes. I take it they need to be as springy as possible.3) The 'noose': you used a red fibery material, and I wanted to know if that might have been for the sake of texture/catching on the chicken's feathers, or maybe giving it enough weight/b...see more »I've not given up on this just yet, but my first attempt failed. I found the trap unsprung with all bait gone. My (monofilament) noose was nearby, not tightened, and may simply have blown off, though it wasn't windy overnight. Questions:1) Bait: it's totally possible that rats ate all the wild-bird-seed-mix bait I'd used. Were you using cooked, or uncooked rice? I'm thinking they might leave uncooked, or even cooked rice alone.2) 'springs' - I might just have to try the palm midribs, because I've not thought of any simple synthetic substitutes. I take it they need to be as springy as possible.3) The 'noose': you used a red fibery material, and I wanted to know if that might have been for the sake of texture/catching on the chicken's feathers, or maybe giving it enough weight/body so as to be flung up onto the chicken's neck - or if clear monofilament might be a better choice so it's not so obvious. Right now, I'm thinking it needs to be heavier than the monofilament I used.FYI: I'm in Honolulu, Hawaii. Feral roosters overran one of our outer islands some years back to the point where they're not likely ever to recover any peace, and the same thing occasionally seems to be happening here on Oahu. A couple of years back, the City tried to get contractors to bid on an $80K/year deal to trap & euthanize chickens...and had no takers. (I think we're too fat here...)

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  • DIY Irrigation Pots - a modern take on an ancient technique

    I wouldn't get hung up too much on getting the exact brand. Many glues work fine on unglazed ceramics - check their labels. Personally I'd try silicone sealant (test a batch to be sure it sticks OK, though - and only on dry ceramics) because I've already got it around in caulking-sized cylinder-tubes. (It's often used as the SOLE structural adhesive holding the glass for aquaria together, and that represents very large forces.) What the author is using looks like a UK version of good-ole "Duco cement," aka "vinyl cement," aka many other brand names.

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  • Get Cleaner, Better Cuts With This Circular Saw Tracking Guide

    You missed the point. This guide shows you the virtually-exact CUT line, and not just "a straight line" that inevitably is, say, "...4-11/16" plus a little bit AWAY from that blade, and...oh, dangit, I wanted to be on the OTHER side of my pencil-line...and wait a minute, how thick is my blade?..." Personally I rely on a simpler short-term-use "shooter board" (shows where the cut line will be, like only one side of this guide) but there are times when having this doubly-guided precision would be nice.

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