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Posted 05 April 2012 - 07:03 PM

Just wanted to grill a couple of burgers after a hard day on the golf course. I can't get the grill to light, smell propane, but with lit match in hand I find this!
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I guess all the birdseed I put out doesn't satisfy these little brats.
I really think I dodged a big BULLET today!
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 08:28 AM

Geez - I thought those hoses were like a stainless steel metal flex on the inside.. :(

But it's good that you shut your valve off when you don't use the grill - otherwise those little critters would have been asphyxiated! Yikes!

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 10:56 AM

View Postcuskit, on 06 April 2012 - 08:28 AM, said:

Geez - I thought those hoses were like a stainless steel metal flex on the inside.. :(

But it's good that you shut your valve off when you don't use the grill - otherwise those little critters would have been asphyxiated! Yikes!

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Yeah! I think I may have to encase mine in the ss flex on the outside! The "title" critters are swarming the place and someday they are sure to pick on the propane line.

Sorry your "hard day" didn't end well, Don. :rolleyes:

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 02:36 PM

Oh, but it did end well --- I didn't end up as a crispy critter.
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Posted 09 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

View PostDon S. (The Barbecue Source), on 06 April 2012 - 02:36 PM, said:

Oh, but it did end well --- I didn't end up as a crispy critter.


OK -- +1

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 02:49 PM

That's probably from squirrels. They love gas lines for whatever reason. I've heard wrapping the line in aluminum foil stops them from nibbling. It's worth a shot. Mine is wrapped and hasn't been touched, despite an abundance of squirrels around here.
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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:25 PM

I replaced it with a dryer metal flex gas line. One adapter and all is well. Not sure I see any downsides to that!

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That's probably from squirrels. They love gas lines for whatever reason. I've heard wrapping the line in aluminum foil stops them from nibbling. It's worth a shot. Mine is wrapped and hasn't been touched, despite an abundance of squirrels around here.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:14 PM

Wow I have never seen that. I have never given a thought to critters chewing on the gas line.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:22 PM

You should see what the squirrels did to my wiring in one of the buildings I have at home. They chewed through the 1/2" plywood soffit and up into the space between the joists to make a home. Guess they thought the wiring was tasty salt water taffy - they chewed entire sections of the insulation off about one foot long each! Never found a dead squirrel so I'm wondering what their secret was to not getting zapped!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 01:16 PM

View Postcuskit, on 18 April 2012 - 05:22 PM, said:

You should see what the squirrels did to my wiring in one of the buildings I have at home. They chewed through the 1/2" plywood soffit and up into the space between the joists to make a home. Guess they thought the wiring was tasty salt water taffy - they chewed entire sections of the insulation off about one foot long each! Never found a dead squirrel so I'm wondering what their secret was to not getting zapped!

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 02:57 PM

Eric - that's nasty for sure!

I just removed a section of soffit on my Mom's garage (separate from the house). A raccoon had chewed in through the plywood and made itself a great little home/nest up there. She heard it making noise last week - we left the overhead door open overnight. So when we repaired it next day they (assuming more than one) had already fled the scene.. Mom was worried because she heard they will get into a car engine compartment and chew up the wiring. I replaced all the plastic vent strips with aluminum vents (on the soffits). Plus replaced the plywood that had large access holes chewed in by the little rascals.

Yea - rodents (really just cute little buggers) can do some serious damage if left to their own devices!

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 04:16 PM

even the new flexible metal gas lines they run in houses have issues it seems...lightning comes through the line outside and burns a hole right through the gas line in the house (it jumps out of the line to ground) :o

i guess we should all go back to schedule 40 steel lines ;)


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 07:25 AM

That's probably from squirrels. They love gas lines for whatever reason. I've heard wrapping the line in aluminum foil stops them from nibbling. It's worth a shot. Mine is wrapped and hasn't been touched, despite an abundance of squirrels around here.
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 06:57 AM

A decent pellet gun works as does rat poison :P
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Posted 02 May 2012 - 07:14 AM

hood - NO! You wouldn't kill a squirrel, would you? Yikes! I'm all for arming the little varmints with Glock 9mm's... :lol:

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