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Old 06-07-2010, 09:15 PM
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I am a battle with those pesky woodchucks again, so I decided it was time to do the spring cleaning in the shop. One of the furballs decided to move into the shop. He has tunnels under the concrete slab, under the plywood that I put down on the gravel in the south bay of the shop. I started by sorting out the six buckets of stuff from different jobs. Once I got a hole started i kept at it.
I am going to use the exhaust from the engine on my logsplitter to either kill the bugger or drive it out into the open where I can blast it with my shotgun.
I have moved things around to make them more usable, the shop press was moved from the center of the shop to the outside wall, I moved my one small table outside, then swept up that area.
I have about half of the north bay cleaned up and part of the south bay straightened out. I hope to finish the north bay tomorrow, so I can get the splitter inside and get some more numbers on the log lift while I have it in the shop.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:13 AM
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OK............... what the heck is a woodchuck ????????
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:32 AM
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Floptop, they are also known as groundhogs, a member of the marmot family, they are a burrowing critter that will dig under anything. I have a friend that had to have his shop floor re-leveled as they dug enough gravel from under it to allow the floor to sink under the weight of his shop equipment and his farm equipment. They saved the floor buy pumping grout under it.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:33 AM
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OK............... what the heck is a woodchuck ????????
You too Dan ? was standing in the shop running a job on
the W&S automatic, and he waltzed in right past me...
Got so bad with him, I started talking to him.

Finally gassed him with a long pipe hooked to
a bottle of co2 from the mig welder.

I like the 1 1/2 conibear....
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:45 AM
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You too Dan ? was standing in the shop running a job on
the W&S automatic, and he waltzed in right past me...
Got so bad with him, I started talking to him.
Doug, this one is edumacated, he survived the fuzee treatment and being shot at twice. This time he dies, I am going to plug his holes and gas him with exhaust from the splitter. I am planning on running the splitter after dark. and hopefully catch him when he is asleep.
I have to rebuild my compressor shack as he has it tilted enough that it is time to replace it. I am counting block to see if I have enough to put in a permanent foundation instead of the PT skids that are under it right now.
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Old 06-08-2010, 10:00 AM
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. This time he dies, I am going to plug his holes and gas him with exhaust from the splitter. I am planning on running the splitter after dark. and hopefully catch him when he is asleep.
Are you going to dig him out when you're done? He might leave a lingering reminder, the rest of the summer!
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:19 AM
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Are you going to dig him out when you're done? He might leave a lingering reminder, the rest of the summer!

The smell goes away in about 2 weeks.....better than the smell
he left when he was alive, I could always tell when he was around.

Throw some lime in the hole.

My gues is he will leave a "lingering reminder" to his unemployed relatives
who might be thinking of moving in.

I have yet to see one of those "gopher blasters" send
the little guy flying out of said hole, like a bottle rocket !

Now that's one I would buy.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:15 PM
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Anhydrous ammonia is alot more effective! Pull up the nurse tank stick the hose into the hole, plug the hole off around the hose and crack the valve. In liquid form it's -273 deg F it also bonds with any moisture, don't breathe the vapors or get any on you, causes severe burns, but very deadly to the offending critter. Unless you farm you might get yourself on the local PD's watch list though, it's used to make meth also.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:17 PM
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Are you going to dig him out when you're done? He might leave a lingering reminder, the rest of the summer!
Cal, I have found that if you plug the entrance holes, the smell does not get out of the ground. I am going to plug the holes with grout once I am sure the critter is dead. This will prevent the next critter from having an easy time of moving in.
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The smell goes away in about 2 weeks.....better than the smell
he left when he was alive, I could always tell when he was around.
They do stink, and yes their shit does stink.
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I have yet to see one of those "gopher blasters" send
the little guy flying out of said hole, like a bottle rocket !

Now that's one I would buy.
I have tried gopher bombs, smoke bombs, broken glass and various other home remedies to move them along but nothing works as well as gassing them out with engine exhaust. The dead critter left in the hole seems to discourage the other ones from moving in.
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:26 PM
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Dr Dean, I am afraid the local PD always wonders what I am doing here. I thought of packing the hole with dry ice then covering the holes with plastic and dirt, and let the CO2 do the work but I would have to order it ahead of time.
The Anhydrous Ammonia would work well, but I don't have any access to it.
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