Rat Trap Indicator Lights

Introduction: Rat Trap Indicator Lights

Rat traps must be checked frequently for disposal but are often hidden out of sight in the attic. I realized I could make a simple normally closed single pole single throw switch by soldering wires to the trigger bar and the moving bar of the trap. For this project I used lead-free solder. Ironically.

When the trap is set, the trigger bar holds down the moving bar, completing the circuit and lighting an LED in the garage. When the trap triggers, the LED goes out, and I'll know I need to check a trap.

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    4 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Hey, here's another good idea. Why don't you make this an electric trap. (Say electric chair for humans). That way you can be sure the "execution" is for good.
    Mwaaahoohoohoohaaaahaaa. I can just picture the little hood that goes over the rat's head.

    Dr Qui
    Dr Qui

    10 years ago on Introduction

    That's a fantastic idea.

    When I worked in the hardware store there was a mouse and rat season.

    I was disgusted at how many of the people would trow the muse and the trap in the trash and then buy a new one, this even happened with the washable plastic traps.

    As a joke I made a tiny snare out of fishing line attached to a thumb tack and packed it up as a Patented Mouse Snare and left it on the counter.  there was people daft enough to think it was a genuine product.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    omg wow i just cant stop loling(i say lol 'cuz i can't spell)