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homemade hotwire set-up

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cptbahama, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    An electrician showed me how to do this. It's pretty simple, even for electrically-challenged folks like myself.

    DISCLAIMER: I am not a pro and all that other stuff I should say <insert here>.

    This is set up on a post, to jolt a climbing predator. I first used it on my bird feeder post. Raccoons kept climbing it to get the sunflower seeds and steal the suet cakes. I installed this hot wire set-up on the post. *They don't climb it anymore*.

    I'll try and explain it...

    But first you will need:

    staple gun
    3 pieces of bare copper wire at least 4' long depending on the diameter of the post you are installing this on
    wire cutters/ strippers
    wire nuts
    electrical tape
    one piece of insulated wire about one foot long
    power source
    daring critters

    First, you have to have a 120 volt power source (any standard power outlet). Run a drop cord from the house, barn, pump house or garage to your coop. But DO NOT plug it in until you are finished with the set-up.
    Next, find an old extension cord you don't mind cutting. The easiest and cheapest are the indoor versions, usually brown, with two wires. One wire will be the "hot" and the other wire will be the neutral. If you use a drop cord, they usually have three wires (hot, ground, neutral).

    So you have a post, in this example a cedar post 5" in diameter and 5 feet tall.

    Take the three pieces of bare copper wire and wrap them around the post about midway up, with the top wire about chest high, leaving a few inches between the bottom wire, the middle wire and the top wire. This is where a pic is needed..

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    Now, bring your power supply close to the bottom wire on the post and staple it to the post. If using an indoor two-wire extension cord (what I used), separate the two wires and strip a half inch of each end to expose the copper. With this type of cord, the wire with ridges or markings on it is the neutral. The other one is the hot. Attach, using a wire nut, the neutral wire of the extension cord to the bottom wire on the post. Bend the wire nut upright so rain doesn't get in.

    Next, attach the hot wire of the extension cord to the middle wire on the post, again using a wire nut. Bend it upright also.

    Next, you will use the "one piece of insulated wire about one foot long" to create a "jumper" wire between the top (third) wire and the bottom (first) wire. You want this wire insulated so it doesn't touch the middle (2nd) wire and create a short, tripping your breaker and doing other bad things... Another pic here...

    [​IMG]

    The idea here is for the critter to touch the middle (2nd) wire and either the top (3rd) wire or bottom (first) wire at the same time, completing the circuit and getting shocked.

    I used the electrical tape to wrap around the wire nuts. The wire nuts I have are orange, and I didn't want them to attract attention from passers by.

    So this is best for a post. To make this work for a chicken coop, you would want to target the area where critters are getting in. Or maybe on all four posts of the run, etc.

    Wait until you are completely finished and not touching the wires. Then plug it in. You will see nothing.

    I am not a pro and I am not responsible for you getting shocked. If you don't feel comfortable trying this, don't do it.
     
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  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    This will work IF you have no humans in the area. If you do you WILL HAVE a dead human. It would be the same as sticking your finger in an electric outlet. Using electric wire this way is WAY to dangerous, spend a few bucks and get one that is safe if a child happens to touch it. We want to keep the predators out and want any child or adult safe.
     
  3. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not a good idea with small children around.
     
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  4. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even a low ac current across the heart (arm to arm shock for example) can induce arrhythmia. It is a fire hazard should something sit across it, like grass or branches.

    It could start a fire in the house wiring or the wire run if it draws current for a length of time with out tripping the breaker.

    Rain could cause this set up to do that or short out. Someone uses a hose, and electricity could travel through the water. The wood gets wet enough to carry current and the pole can be electrified...

    This is SO not a great idea. Check craigslist for a used electric fence and use proper insulators off the post. Or just put some fence around pole.
     
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  5. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    PS: just noticed that little bundle in your arms in your avatar photo....

    You forget to unplug that set up, and you could be responsible for harming that lovely child.

    Please take it down tonight![​IMG]
     
  6. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i will admit there is a lot with the setup that could go wrong.I have taken 110 and 220 across the chest(x electrical engineer).
     
  7. GA Dad - Chicken Man

    GA Dad - Chicken Man Out Of The Brooder

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    It's not the volts that'll kill you it's the current (amps). One amp can do ya in...

    former US Navy avionics electronics technician
     
  8. Two Creeks Farm

    Two Creeks Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why risk it


    Mr Common Sense
     
  9. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OKAY OKAY!
    please stop hosing me for cryin' out loud. this is a quick fix for a bad raccoon problem.
    Your comments of concern are duly noted and for good reason.. i will take it down but not until i have a little fun...

    this is the video from the trail camera PRE-installation of wiring...



    if you're really good, I'll post the POST-installation...
     
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  10. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I want to see the post instillation video!!!!
     

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