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tomh

07:25AM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
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I have a rodent problem in the crawlspace. Worse, they have gnawed holes in the tailpieces of 2-tubs, a sink and a built in vacuum. The holes are above the traps and are not easy to access. I need to repair these holes in the side of 1-1/2 to 2" vertical waste pipes just below the floor line. Water is not under pressure in these locations, but obviously, I have to prevent leaks. I am considering duct tape for a temporary repair. Any other suggestions for permanent repair. I would prefer not to cut out the sections, but can do so and install hubs.

Meanwhile. Time for some rodent control!

LonnythePlumber

09:39AM | 12/22/04
It's also important to seal holes in plumbing pipes to prevent odor in additional to water leaks. The best practice is to replace those portions of piping using shielded no-hub couplings like the No-Hub brand.

An acceptable practice in some areas may be to cut a solid coupling in two and the half without the stop to cut an inch out of it. This leaves you with a sleeve that can be popped onto the pipe. If PVC you need to prime and cement both sides of the connection.

doug seibert

09:50AM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
.....well for those temporary repairs I like to use the "stainless steel" A/C duct tape.......

........Need me to FedEx a good Rat Cat ?

tomh

07:20PM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
550 lifetime posts
Thanks guys. We had the Clark (we need you) guy pay us a visit, and for an exorbitant sum, he set the same traps I could have bought for $10. But it made the Mrs happy. I have temporarily taped the damage and taken inventory of the tail pieces, Tees and other fittings I will need to use to repair the damage. Problem is going to be the tight access to cut and past the replacements.

Too bad this board doesn;t support pictures, I would post some. Go figure what the attraction would be to gnaw on waste pipe.

LonnythePlumber

04:16AM | 12/23/04
It has only been the past year that I have realized that rodents have always eaten on plastic. A California builder had three $800,000.00 houses where the PEX water piping had been eaten through. Rare but it happens.

carl21l

04:29AM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
I agree with Doug. Leave a cat in the crawl space for several weeks. put cat on half rations so that the cat getw very hungry and decides that killing rats is in the cats best interest. While growing up on the farm, I have seen cats sit by a rat hole for 2-3 days waiting for the rat to appear.

JMHO

Carl

doug seibert

12:05PM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 08/10/02
843 lifetime posts
Just let the cat have crawl space access......and Please feed and water the cat......

....Our Mousers generally try to impress us by leaving their catches on the doorstep !

Now if they could just do something with the oppossums and a stray armadillo.......

carl21l

07:25PM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
I said give the cat half rations, in other words feed but keep it hungry. and yes give it water and a liter box

JMHO

Carl

LonnythePlumber

03:47AM | 12/24/04
Tom, others post pictures on this site. I admit I don't know how to do it myself (computer challenged) but I view the pixs which are a great help.

cellarwater

01:04AM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 12/09/03
175 lifetime posts
On the "basements & attics site Tomz71ss Was able to put in a clickable link to photo's of his basement project.
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