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  • DarrelO1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 10 Places to Hide a Spare Key1 year ago
    10 Places to Hide a Spare Key

    Well, first off, the box isn't obvious unless you're looking for it. I've had to point it out to my own kids, who had no idea it was there, and we've lived in this house for years. Second, even if you cut the lock off, you'd still have to either figure out the combination (which is hard), or somehow breach the compartment, which is also very hard.Truth is, if someone really wants to get into my house, it's easier to bust down the door than it is to get the key locked in the real estate lock box. That said, the door is metal and is also secured with 4" screws that are screwed into the frame, so that'll be hard, too. Anyway, I don't know what "chacles" are, but I'm pretty sure it would take a lot of effort to get to my key, and I'd rather have it that way than to have s...

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    Well, first off, the box isn't obvious unless you're looking for it. I've had to point it out to my own kids, who had no idea it was there, and we've lived in this house for years. Second, even if you cut the lock off, you'd still have to either figure out the combination (which is hard), or somehow breach the compartment, which is also very hard.Truth is, if someone really wants to get into my house, it's easier to bust down the door than it is to get the key locked in the real estate lock box. That said, the door is metal and is also secured with 4" screws that are screwed into the frame, so that'll be hard, too. Anyway, I don't know what "chacles" are, but I'm pretty sure it would take a lot of effort to get to my key, and I'd rather have it that way than to have someone accidentally stumble onto my hidden key.

    Yeah, Home Depot as cgurtz says, or Amazon/eBay.

    Thanks! :-)

    Exactly. And mine is not obvious. It's saved me a few times, too. :-)

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  • DarrelO1 commented on jgaffney3's instructable The Wrong Way to Make a River Table1 year ago
    The Wrong Way to Make a River Table

    Your next project needs to be two round end tables that look like eggs, and a bench that looks like toast.

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  • DarrelO1 commented on SpecificLove's instructable 10 Places to Hide a Spare Key3 years ago
    10 Places to Hide a Spare Key

    What I did was I bought a real estate lock box and I have it locked around my metal water pipe. It has a 4-digit combination on it, so if I don't have my keys, I just unlock the lock box with the combination and there's a key inside there. I don't trust hiding places.

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  • DarrelO1 commented on chrisnotap's instructable Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap3 years ago
    Diy Simple Soda Bottle Mousetrap

    That's a great idea!

    LOL! That's hilarious. I don't even want to be in the same room with any badger, much less a captured one that's probably pretty angry right about then.

    They would have needed a lot more bottles.

    This is great! If you're not inclined to release them and want a humane way to kill them, there are electric traps out there for about $40 that are battery-powered and are very effective. The rodent dies in an instant, and you don't have to touch it when you dispose of it. My favorite part is turning it off and on only requires flipping a switch on the box, which means I don't have to get my fingers snapped like in a conventional trap. But, yeah, if you want to capture it alive so you can release it, this bottle trap is an excellent idea.

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  • DarrelO1 commented on AT's instructable How to trap a mouse3 years ago
    How to trap a mouse

    I've had such a hard time setting these conventional traps to be sensitive enough to catch the mouse, but not snap my finger when I try to put them down. I do like the idea of putting it into a box first that someone suggested, with holes in the box to allow rodent access, but I found that electric traps work great and are humane in that the rodent is electrocuted and killed within a fraction of a second. These traps cost more (about $40), but I don't have to touch the rodent, they're extremely easy to use, and I don't get my fingers snapped (this last one is the most important).One thing people should check is for how the rodents are getting in. I had a problem with them getting into my attic every winter, but saw no points of access that they could be using. I don't recall how I f...

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    I've had such a hard time setting these conventional traps to be sensitive enough to catch the mouse, but not snap my finger when I try to put them down. I do like the idea of putting it into a box first that someone suggested, with holes in the box to allow rodent access, but I found that electric traps work great and are humane in that the rodent is electrocuted and killed within a fraction of a second. These traps cost more (about $40), but I don't have to touch the rodent, they're extremely easy to use, and I don't get my fingers snapped (this last one is the most important).One thing people should check is for how the rodents are getting in. I had a problem with them getting into my attic every winter, but saw no points of access that they could be using. I don't recall how I figured it out, but I did some investigative work to identify how they were entering. I suppose a motion sensor camera or something like that would work to help gather clues. Anyway, once I saw that they were coming in at a roof junction between the garage and the house that wasn't 100% completely sealed, I bought some anti-rodent expanding foam and sealed up the hole. No more rodents.

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