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byhamr

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I had my TT in the other day for some new wiring that neccesitated a new hole in the floor for the wiring to come up through. The hole and wiring come up right under the kitchen sink. Inspecting the work from the inside I could see lots of light around the wiring. Seemed to me, the hole was about twice the size needed. Looked like a mouse entryway to me :-( But when I got under the TT to inspect from below I noted that the technician had plastered big gobs of silicone to fill the hole nice and tight. So the hole was plugged with just light getting through the silicone. My question is, will mice respect the silicone or will they try to chew through it and get in? If they respect it can one use silicone to plug other small holes that might offer entry to the little fellas or is there a better product? Just curious...

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Posted: 12/01/09 04:18pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would suggest using the expanding foam insulation that comes in a can. Something like this.





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I think it's safe to say that mice & rats don't respect anything. If they can sense that this is the way to the food, they'll chew through it. But, if you pulled out the existing silicone and replaced it with a piece of steel or bronze wool thoroughly embedded with silicone you will have made that point of entry too nasty for them.


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Thanks folks... glad I could provide a little entertainment... :-) Yeah I think I shall have to come up with a more solid solution...

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Posted: 12/01/09 05:45pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

sonicsix wrote:

I would suggest using the expanding foam insulation that comes in a can. Something like this.


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Posted: 12/01/09 04:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good one, Buck!

The easy solution is to wind three or four layers of HQ electrical tape around wiring/plumbing to protect it, then use some aluminum flashing with an appropriate sized hole (with slot so you can get it on), and staple it to the under side of the aub-flooring---top, too, if your really worried....

BTW: Meeces don't normally close their wounds with staples like we humans, so they probably won't bother them....
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Posted: 12/01/09 07:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got to a marine supply and get some bronze wool. pack it in the hole and then seal it. The mice will not chew on the bronze wool and it will not rust like steel wool.

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I found several places that recommend Silicone sealer, one was a rodent control company.


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Interesting... my first hit on a google search mentions silicone... Mouse be Gone

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If silicone won't stop them (and it probably wont) that foam wont either. Stuff it with steel wool (brass pads even better) and foam around it or silicone around it and give the trailer a fighting chance at least.


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