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  • How about a new contest for medical/assistive/adaptive Instructables? Might be good to have 2 categories, electronic and non-electronic.

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  • Mauibuck commented on Mauibuck's instructable Eliminating tree rats7 months ago
    Eliminating tree rats

    Unfortunately the owls in Hawaii are not very effective since they kill only for food. I live in a residential area and there are virtually no owls in the vicinity. I have a cat that occasionally catches a bird or a mouse and brings it inside for me to play with but he is totally ineffective or not interested in catching rats.In the 10 years I have been using the posted method, I have only found 2 dead rats and I have virtually NO rat problem. It is my understanding that the rats go back to their nests and die there.On the other hand, virtually every day I find avocados that have been eaten by birds. Avocados are deadly to birds and cattel, but MAYBE not so much for chickens. Avos are also toxic to lactating mammals but not humans."Where does the recommendation come from to not ...see more »Unfortunately the owls in Hawaii are not very effective since they kill only for food. I live in a residential area and there are virtually no owls in the vicinity. I have a cat that occasionally catches a bird or a mouse and brings it inside for me to play with but he is totally ineffective or not interested in catching rats.In the 10 years I have been using the posted method, I have only found 2 dead rats and I have virtually NO rat problem. It is my understanding that the rats go back to their nests and die there.On the other hand, virtually every day I find avocados that have been eaten by birds. Avocados are deadly to birds and cattel, but MAYBE not so much for chickens. Avos are also toxic to lactating mammals but not humans."Where does the recommendation come from to not feed your pet bird avocados? According to "A Guide to Plant Poisoning of Animals in North America," avocado poisoning was first reported in 1942 in California, and its toxin — at the time not precisely identified— affects cattle, horses, goats, canaries, budgies, cockatiels, ostriches and other birds and animals. Ostriches have died of congestive heart failure within 96 hours of eating the fruit and leaves of avocados. Symptoms of avocado poisoning in other birds include respiratory distress and sudden death."So, we are sort of damned if we do and damned if we don't. Grow avos, kill birds. Put out rat poison, maybe kill an owl or pet. There are no perfect solutions. Don't put out poison, the rats devistate the avos and grow big families. I only use the posted method when I see evidence of rats eating either my mangos or avos. It works. Putting the D-Con on the ground will poison birds. I found that out the hard way.Switching subjects slightly, to improve the yield of my avos and mangos, I use a 16 inch long 1" bit in a 1/2 drill and make holes as deep as I can, about 4 feet apart, at the canopy drip line and fill each hole with a tropical fruit fertilizer. The objective is to get the fertilizer down to where the roots are. Spreading fertilizer on top of the ground is highly ineffective. I do this twice a year, for both my mangos and avos and get great crops every year. In fact, when my avo blooms, I cut off 40% of the blossoms to keep it from overbearing. My avos grow to over 2 pounds. You get 30" rain/year in Waialua. I'm in Kihei and get MAYBE 17" but I irrigate the lawn so we are probably are about equal in water to the trees.

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  • Golf ball trailer hitch for riding lawnmowers/Lawn tractors/ garden tractors

    xc runner, WOW that's great. How many golf carts did you do this to? I assume only for staff carts, not for the golfers carts.

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  • Golf ball trailer hitch for riding lawnmowers/Lawn tractors/ garden tractors

    That is a great little fixture that became available after I posted this instructable. It provides a place to attach a hitch ball but you still need the ball. The Good Vibrations fixture is $30 from Amazon Prime, more elsewhere including shipping. The ball is an additional $10-$25.Even with that new fixture available, I still made my own golf ball hitch for my latest lawn tractor. I should probably post a picture but it is functionally the same as the original.

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