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To: "Robert Shohet" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Re: Topband: Using 1/2" PVC Conduit Vs. the Critters Who Eat Coax
From: Pete Smith <>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 13:57:23 -0500
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At 12:40 PM 11/10/03 -0500, Robert Shohet wrote:
It's a constant problem.  In the case of my 160 Comtrek box, some critter
ate A LOT of RG8X in three separate spots and caused a short in the cable
which blew the fuse and a few components in the control box.  This was less
than 50' from my house.

You would think that the cable wouldn't taste good but that doesn't seem to
stop them.  In the winters when the snow is deep
(for SW Connecticut), I often have to replace all the self-sealing RG6 for
the beverage runs - that seems to be their favorite!
Judging by the sizes of the teeth marks and the level of cable destruction
which ranges from the tiny bite marks to looking like a drunk used a mangled
pair of pliers, both the large and small animals seem to like the beverage
cable.  I have tried other varities to no avail.  I think it is just the
fact that they are hungry and deep in the woods is the problem.

Have you tried any of the various animal repellents available at the local farm supply store? I think they are blood-based, and they are supposed to be effective for most mammals. They aren't very expensive, but I do suspect they would have to be reapplied at intervals, particularly with precipitation.

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