How to make a good mousetrap

How to make a good mousetrap

General view of a mousetrap (charged)

I do not know who the inventor of the original mousetrap, which I have been using for a long time, but even before the war, my parents and neighbors had such self-made traps that successfully destroyed rodents. The device operates silently and without a miss.

It is not difficult to make it, since it is not necessary to adhere exactly to the corresponding dimensions. It is important to drill a certain number of holes in the wooden bar, into which the lure-feed-bait lies. If there is no drill, holes can be cut with a hacksaw in two bars, and then knocked them off with nails. Cut the cut pieces of wood along the profile of the holes, cut as required by the scheme, and attach them to the door peephole at the back of the mousetrap and fasten it. The holes in this case are not round, but triangular or rhombo-like.

Further it is necessary to make of a steel wire with a diameter of 2-3 mm of a spring. To get a spiral, the wire needs to be wound 2-3 times on a metal tube with a diameter of approximately 30-35 mm, and then bend one end of the wire with pliers as shown in the figure, and an extra bite.

The work on the manufacture of springs can be simplified by using steel bars larger in diameter than indicated above, or even better than flattened profiles. Then they simply arcuate bend. All the springs are attached to the bar, over them a metal plate with holes for screws is to be attached and attached.

Lines joining parts of bars

How to make a good mousetrap

So you can cut holes in the bars, when there is no drill bit

From the wire diameter of 2 mm, make the brackets that will hold wire loops near the bar cell, which are bent from the soft thin wire and fixed to the spring (see figure). And so that they do not slip, fix it with two pieces of plastic or rubber tubes, removed, for example,

from insulating wiring.

In the bar, pierce with an awl or drill a thin drill hole for the thread factory, which must block the mice ‘path to the bait. And the last one is a fixator, which is also made of wire with a diameter of 2 mm.

Charging the trap.

The end of the spring with the hinge loop is bent downwards so that the loop gets into the gap between the wire brace and the bar and embraces the contours of the cell. Then put one end of the lock on the wire ring, and the second, hooked, hook on the bracket. Now the spring reliably restrains in the desired position.

Next, take the needle with a thick thread and “sew” the bar through and through: first from the sole of the trap to the top, and then – on the contrary, while moving the thread through the spring. Connect the ends of the thread securely to the knot twice. After charging all the cells do not forget to put bait on the bottom of each hole: toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkins, etc. or pieces of fat.

The action of a mousetrap.

The mouse, having heard the smell of bait, tries to get to it, but encounters two strained threads that interfere with it. Then she gnaws one of them, the spring is triggered and the loop tightly presses the rodent to the top of the cell.

To free the cell from dead rodents, it is enough to press the spring downwards.

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How to make a good mousetrap