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#1 John Arsenault ONLINE  

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Posted May 17, 2016 - 03:01 PM

Today I started my tractor and the craziest low pitch thumping sound was coming from my engine. I was just about to shut the tractor off then it stopped. I lifted the hood and looked around to see what it was I just heard. 

 

 

 

I think I found it 

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Sorry about the eviction I know it was with out notice, I hope you didn't leave the place a bloody mess.

 

 

I just got this running this past winter and had it all cleaned out. Sheeeeesh

 

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Posted May 17, 2016 - 03:11 PM

Today I started my tractor and the craziest low pitch thumping sound was coming from my engine. I was just about to shut the tractor off then it stopped. I lifted the hood and looked around to see what it was I just heard. 

 

 

 

I think I found it 

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Sorry about the eviction I know it was with out notice, I hope you didn't leave the place a bloody mess.

 

 

I just got this running this past winter and had it all cleaned out. Sheeeeesh

 

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I rebuilt a engine a few month back that was full of sheep wool. 


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 03:30 PM

That would do it.


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 03:34 PM

After you clean it out this time, put some peppermint oil on a cotton ball and put it in the engine area.
They hate the smell... And if you get one that can't smell, it will give them warm bedding
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Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:01 PM

I had one stuffed full of chewed up dryer sheets. 


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:02 PM

Yep, that would do it. Glad you found it before it did any damage!


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:15 PM

I've had a nest built in an engine in less than a week. Hate the little critters because of all the damage they do. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:46 PM

I have used dryer sheet in all my engines for several years with good results.   BUT - they don't last forever guys.  Have to change them ever few weeks.  $1 a box a Dollar Store is real cheap insurance.


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 04:59 PM

I had someone tell me to make a cage with chicken wire and put moth balls in it and mount it under the engine cover. Sounds like a simple solution to me. I may even pop in peppermint cotton ball just for the added bang.  


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Posted May 17, 2016 - 05:41 PM

I'm going to install 1/4" screen on my Briggs engines, since the little critters got me twice. Here's a poor picture of what someone did to keep the varmints out. This is how I'm going about it.

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Posted May 17, 2016 - 05:50 PM

Today I started my tractor and the craziest low pitch thumping sound was coming from my engine. I was just about to shut the tractor off then it stopped. I lifted the hood and looked around to see what it was I just heard. 

 

 

 

I think I found it 

attachicon.gif20160517_154200.jpg

 

Sorry about the eviction I know it was with out notice, I hope you didn't leave the place a bloody mess.

 

 

I just got this running this past winter and had it all cleaned out. Sheeeeesh

 

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D%@n Racoons!

I rebuilt a engine a few month back that was full of sheep wool. 

D%@n Sheep!


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Posted May 18, 2016 - 06:48 AM

When I bought my Sears with OH160, it had no compression. When I pulled the engine shroud, it was stuffed full of insulation, at least they stayed warm. It caused my engine to get hot and drop a valve seat. Little boogers can do some damage.

I tried the peppermint oil, they didn't mind it.



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Posted May 18, 2016 - 07:53 AM

I parked it till I can get the nest out, this was the engine I just got running this past winter and was not sure of the condition of it , so basically just got it running to see where I am at with it. I was planning on putting a new head gasket in because I just reused the one that came with it for the time being. 



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Posted May 18, 2016 - 09:22 AM

I rebuilt a engine a few month back that was full of sheep wool. 

Replace the sheep with a cat.  That should take care of it!  :D

 

I keep snap traps in various places in my garage and barn.  Mice REALLY like the wiring in Elec-Traks.  Never use poison.  You don't want a mouse-eater (cat, etc.) to get a hold of a poisoned mouse.



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Posted May 18, 2016 - 09:35 AM

Replace the sheep with a cat.  That should take care of it!  :D

 

I keep snap traps in various places in my garage and barn.  Mice REALLY like the wiring in Elec-Traks.  Never use poison.  You don't want a mouse-eater (cat, etc.) to get a hold of a poisoned mouse.

Customer's Sheep not mine 






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