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Mouse traps... we used to make them!


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Old 08-04-2019, 11:20:05 AM
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Default Mouse traps... we used to make them!

Yes well , a lady friend whose father manufactured these gave me these two examples that were made in South Australia
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:01:40 PM
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Default Re: Mouse traps... we used to make them!

Hello all
Australia still makes mouse and rat traps. Austrap is one. There's even a mob in WA who make mouse and rat traps.

Some flour and cement dust mixed together sitting on a dish is another Australian made trap (if mixed in Australia). So is a beer bottle, 44 gallon drum, a stick and some peanut butter.

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Old 08-05-2019, 02:31:01 AM
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When mouse traps were last made in Sydney the factory did a video of the machine in progress. They are a wonder and interesting machine to watch in production.
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Yes well the lady who donated the two traps shown previously has a photo of the machine that her father made to manufacdture the said traps ....yes indeed a marvelous piece of machinery made up of bits and pieces .
I wonder if there are any collectors of the traps . If I recall correctly Uncle Herb had some mouse traps in his shed ,I must see if they are still there . Perhaps some collector would like them.
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Here's one I made to catch those pesky kids at shows always looking for free candy.
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Saw footage of that machine years ago, it was a great thing to see. The Chinese imitations are useless. I got some, and the bloody staples holding the spring arm flew off the first time I set it. Why haven't I learned not to buy that crap yet ?!! I guess I thought they couldn't stuff up a mouse trap.But they can.
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This trap is one that my father had setting on top of the water heater for years.
The First time I seen it in action, it snapped a #2 pencil in half.....
My brothers use to put a dollar bill in it and set it ...... many a bruised finger from that little trick..... still works like a charm after all these years....
They really made things to last a lifetime back then.... it's probably a hundred and twenty years old or more.
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Yes well quite a different ''Tripping '' arrangement there but would it only be good for removing the tail of the mouse or rat?. I am glad there are some mouse trap enthusiasts .
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Here are some ways to improve your Supreme Rat Trap...

The nails stop any escapes.

The fine wire holds the bait in place, maybe they tug a bit harder on the trigger?

The grey electrical wire can't be chewed through and so prevents a partially-caught rat running off with the trap, in particular if you have set it in the ceiling and don't want a dead rat down inside the walls etc.
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Yes well thank you Peter . As a matter of fact I will pass on the modifications to the lady involved who comes from Fish Creek. Do you think there would be enough interested parties do form a ''Mouse Trap Owners Club''?
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