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Old 01-28-2013, 08:07 PM
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Fiddler, got it. Thanks!

I'm not a PVC expert, but it comes in different thicknesses. I don't know if 1 1/2" comes in schedule 40, but the thicker pipe should do fine. I can see how some of the thin wall type could loosen it's grip on the brads.
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One of the great things about internet forums is that you can insult people with absolutely no fear of instant physical retribution.
Party on, Garth! But hey, try to keep the noise down because your mom is trying to sleep upstairs, okay?
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There are many grades of PVC starting with 200 psi this is for plumbing in houses it is also referred to as thin wall. Next is schedule 40 it is quite a bit thicker then 200 psi close to twice as thick looking at the wall thickness. There is schedule 80 which is rated for putting submersible pumps several hundred feet down a well...( 380 feet on a 1 1/4" diameter pipe and a 1 1/2 horse pump is what I have ) Schedule 80 also has some sun resistant proprieties to it an is used in electrical applications like a Weather header for a Power meter. I have heard of Schedule 120 but have not been around any.

Reading this project I would use schedule 40 or 80.
Which brings a question...

Would screws work over brand nails???
The screws would not loosen up...
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I'll bet decking screws would do just fine. They sure stick your fingers if you try to pick them up wrong.

I've used them to assemble hog pipes & they hold well.
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I have seen these types of traps made in various ways, and they do work. There are also ones on the market that are made in this style, but I'm sure its cheaper to make them with stuff you can scrounge. A buddy of mine had coons in his barn we wanted to catch live. I took a 55 gallon plastic barrel that was wider around the middle that the top was. I put some corn and dog food in the bottom and a board as a ramp going to the top. The coons would walk up the board, drop into the barrel to eat, then couldn't get back out. Simple.
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Sorry I lost my temper.
I guess I allow myself to get suckered into internet ****ing contests too easily.
Since none of my tropical fruit trees have borne fruit for several months, the coons haven't been causing any problems here. I generally don't make war on wildlife until they start trouble. However, my loquat tree now has fruit ripening, so the coons will soon begin their annual assault.
I'll set one of these traps and photograph and post the results.
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I'm going to try to make a couple today.

Fiddler, the problem with message boards (and any social media for that matter) is we lose the effect of facial expressions, tone, and other non-verbal human communication methods. Even worse, I've noticed the younger generation is losing their ability to socialize in that manner. People who seem lively and energetic in their posts are dull tools and at a loss for words in person.

How would you warn those people not to stick their fingers in a coon trap without a YouTube video? They'd be stuck.

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thank's I think I will give it a try, sounds great.
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no matter how yu trap them coon is just delicious.

when i was in grade school in the 80's my gma could take a coon and turn it into the most delicous meat yu could get. when i got a nice coon i would skin and give it to her and the whole family would go over for supper.

ive never been able to duplicate her recipe but she would slow bake in oven with lots of oinions, celery and carrots. she wud throw veggies away, she said they soaked up the fat. she made mashed taters to go with it.

it tasted a lot like dark meat turkey.not sure if she pressure cooked it before but i dont remember seeing a pressure cooker.it was tender and just fell off the bone.

ive cooked a lot of coon since and it was good but never as good as hers.
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I can't say about these days but it wasn't too long ago fur buyers were paying 30.00 for a prime pelt.........
I remember picking up fresh fall roadkill boar coon (you had to be quick before someone else did) and receiving $50. That was about 1980 when I was in high school. Today you would have a hard time giving away a prime pelt to a buyer.

From what I understand, barbeque raccoon has become popular at outdoor superbowl parties lately. That's the only way I've ever eaten it, and only once.
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Guy I knew from back woods Maine said he used to "trap" coyotes and wolves by hanging a piece of meat on a good size treble hook strung at about 6 feet high.
Doesn't exactly sound humane but you do what you gotta do sometimes.
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Flimsy PVC sounds like schedule 10 or maybe 20 - usually used for irrigation systems where it won't matter much if a pipe breaks.

The standard stuff for homes is schedule 40. Not flimsy at all. If you really want something solid, go with schedule 80.

all available at your local plumbing supply.
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Sounds like a home made one of these: The animal has to reach into the tube and pull up on the ring at the bottom to set off the trap. Most animals can't do that.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/BRIDG...gMfg&gclsrc=ds
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Sounds like a home made one of these: The animal has to reach into the tube and pull up on the ring at the bottom to set off the trap. Most animals can't do that.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/BRIDG...gMfg&gclsrc=ds
I was just about to post that, thank you. For $15 you can buy a steel version of what this thread is talking about. It will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Thanks OP for the home built alternative.
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Sounds like a home made one of these: The animal has to reach into the tube and pull up on the ring at the bottom to set off the trap. Most animals can't do that.

http://www.cabelas.com/product/BRIDG...gMfg&gclsrc=ds
Yep, those 'egg' traps have been around for a long time.
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Yeah, it's simple. So simple I think it's bull****. That's why I want to see pictures. Prove me wrong. I want you to prove me wrong, because I want this trap to work, but I made a few today, and they're flimsy as hell.

The wall of a PVC pipe isn't going to be able to hold against the struggling of a coon. especially when drilled at a 45 degree angle. The lip of the inside hole will have half a circle of thin PVC that will bend away with almost no force at all, making the hole conical, which no longer holds the brads in place.

Sure, you might catch one or two before the coons ruin it.

What's the big deal with putting pictures up, anyways? Is it so much of a hassle?

I'll be here waiting for you to make a jackass out of me.... If you can.

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Use schedule 40 pipe. Some folks can make things that work, others can post pictures on a confuser.

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I used to follow an uncle occasionally who had trapped for forever. He said that a coon is smart enough not to hurt himself badly in a trap. Sometimes they will sit all night with just a finger or two in a trap. But come daylight they will start fighting the trap.
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Probably used the 200 PSI PVC (the type used in condensation drains - no pressure on them). Schedule 40 is thick enough to hang a B-52 from.

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that was funny Fiddler, party on garth...lol
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Gonna make me a few, coons actually killed a couple of really nice plum trees that were just starting to produce. I'm going to use drywall screws though they are really sharp and will be easier to back out to let the foot loose.
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