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Old 09-10-2018, 05:53 PM   #1
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MOUSE Attack!

As I was doing my clean up and maintenance of the 3800 I noticed the Zone 2 A/C wasn't working. No action at all so I did the Mode/Zone reset thing to find Zone 2 wasn't listed.


Did all the usual things such as making sure the RJ12 connections are clean and tight in the Zone 1 A/C. Checked the same connections on the Zone 2 A/C and they looked good and even checked at the control board on the A/C.


Nothing obvious so I started tugging on wires to see if perhaps there was a hidden junction box stuffed in the ceiling for the Zone 2 A/C. I did find a lot of wire coming out of the butchered hole the blind installers made with a claw hammer or some other blunt object. Pulled more wire and the end comes out. The chewed end! Neatly gnawed apart halfway between the two A/Cs.

The signal wire from Z1 and Z2 goes through a hole punched into the fresh air intake of Z1. Of course all the wiring is carefully placed in the ceiling cavity never to be seen again unless either the roof or the ceiling is breached. Not an option of course but I still have to get the signal wire repaired for the Z2 A/C to operate.


I have a plan so it's not a total disaster.



BTW, those of you that believe Irish Spring or some other fragrant soap keep mice out of drawers and other places, it doesn't. I have teeth marks on my soap pieces that were placed in different spots to keep the critters at bay. I opened the big slide and saw white flakes on the floor as the slide extended. Being curious I pinched some and smelled it. Strange smell but not quite like a new bar of soap. Upon further investigation I opened the drawer closest to the trail of white stuff. That's where I saw the turds and the teeth marks on the soap.
It's a never ending battle to keep then out. I had one living in my car. Little bastich ate my granola bar that was being saved for hard times and then ate some chewing gum and then ate part of my vehicle registration. I was so hoping to get stopped by the police so I could hand what was left of the registration to him/her. The other day I drove the pet mouse to Lowe's and bought it a nice new trap. BAM, 24 hours later the bandit was smooshed in the jaws of the trap.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:07 PM   #2
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I'm learning that nothing but old school traps are effective for those little buggers.

And sealing up every tiny opening you can find.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:09 PM   #3
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I use a product called "Fresh Cab". It is the only thing I have found to work. I live in the country surrounded by corn, alfalfa, and sorghum fields. I had a big mouse problem until I started using it. My local Ace hardware has it.
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I have one of those electronic sonic discouragers in my unit.
Hope your repairs go smoothly!
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I have one of those electronic sonic discouragers in my unit.
Hope your repairs go smoothly!

I purchased two boxes of Fresh Cab at Tractor Supply yesterday and dropped them in various places in the RV and the car and truck. We'll see as it gets colder and the critters are looking for shelter.


The repair is on hold until the plenum wire arrives. Our great Lowe's store doesn't carry the wire by the foot anymore but they do have a small coil of 250 feet for nearly 80 bucks. I need 20 feet so I had to go online and get it.

I've noticed lately, as consumers, we are forced to purchase large quantities of products when we only need small quantities. Good for them but an eventual waste of money for us. This marketing idea is pushing us further away from the big box places to the Internet for our purchases.
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I've noticed lately, as consumers, we are forced to purchase large quantities of products when we only need small quantities. Good for them but an eventual waste of money for us. This marketing idea is pushing us further away from the big box places to the Internet for our purchases.
I've noticed the same. I needed some PVC cement for a small job under my home kitchen sink, so I went to get the bottle I had in the shed only to find it was dried out. When I went to Lowes, I found the bottles are now much larger (and twice the price), so in 5 years when I need it again, I'll have even more to throw away.
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Mothballs work, but I would not recommend them for occupied spaces. They stink.
Mothballs worked on a tractor stored in a barn and now keeps hornets from nesting in a shed.
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