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Enough of COVID...what are you doing to the house?

mimico_polak

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Installed door locks on the patio door. Only took a year to get around to it! Now onto the side door...if only I could find the damn pieces that are laying around somewhere in the garage.
 

bakaboy

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Glass bottles at flea markets aren't cheap. Milk bottles go for crazy prices. At an auction a couple of years ago a guy paid $80 for an empty rusty one gallon oil can. That would be a retail price. Wholesale would be 10% +/-

Post some pictures

P.S. I like the yellow toys
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mimico_polak

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Installed a new handle on the side door. Damn previous owner didn’t drill the hole perpendicular and now the bottom screw won’t go in.
And looks like I need to paint a door now. FML.

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Relax

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Speaking of door knobs, I did this before COVID, so maybe it doesn't count, but I installed one of these in my garage entry door so I can open it when my hands are greasy/dirty or carrying stuff. Worth every penny:

 

nobbie48

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Speaking of door knobs, I did this before COVID, so maybe it doesn't count, but I installed one of these in my garage entry door so I can open it when my hands are greasy/dirty or carrying stuff. Worth every penny:

How much?

I'm one of those guys "It's only eight bags of groceries. I can do it in one trip"

In college a guy was carrying a bunch of books and used his foot to push a door open. Instead of hitting the frame he hit the glass, breaking it and lacerating his leg badly enough that an ambulance was needed. As they carted him off he asked for the blanket to be put over his head so no one would know who the idiot was.
 

hdsomeday

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How much? .........
I didnt know these existed!! Probably because I have never seen them sold and cant find them on any sites for Cdn Tire, Lowes, Home Depot etc.

I can only find them here (Canada) on Amazon.ca. Passage is $29 and privacy is $32 (for round knob type). Other styles vary in price drastically. Search for Brinks Push Pull Rotate (PPR does not show them for some reason)

Just ordered a passage one.
 

Relax

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I didnt know these existed!! Probably because I have never seen them sold and cant find them on any sites for Cdn Tire, Lowes, Home Depot etc.

I can only find them here (Canada) on Amazon.ca. Passage is $29 and privacy is $32 (for round knob type). Other styles vary in price drastically. Search for Brinks Push Pull Rotate (PPR does not show them for some reason)

Just ordered a passage one.

I got mine from either HomeDepot or Lowes, but it was a couple of years ago. I got the passage because I have a separate deadbolt (which I replaced with keyless at the same time), and that Amazon price sounds about right.
 

GreyGhost

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Killed thousands of caterpillars climbing two trees in the front yard. Every 30 minutes you could get 100 on the trunk.
 

GreyGhost

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A friend used some metal bands wrapped around the trunks and possibly smeared with some toxin. The trees were coniferous FWIW.
This is an oak and a maple. Things weren't too bad before so I hadn't taped any trees. Taped those two this morning as it would suck if they died and was shocked at the numbers. Fwiw, maple has three caterpillars climbing for every one on the oak. The interesting question is does taping and killing thousands matter when there are millions? Probably not.
 

mimico_polak

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Was wondering what the tape Was around multiple tree trunks in the area…maybe it was to stop caterpillars climbing the trunk?
Thought it was possibly to catch flies / mosquitoes.
 

GreyGhost

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Was wondering what the tape Was around multiple tree trunks in the area…maybe it was to stop caterpillars climbing the trunk?
Thought it was possibly to catch flies / mosquitoes.
The theory is they get stuck to the tape. In practice I haven't seen many stuck anywhere, they don't like crossing it and either hang out or go back down. If you believe the FB fear-mongering stories, birds fly backwards into the tape, wrap their wings around the tree in a reverse hug and die.
 
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nobbie48

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This is an oak and a maple. Things weren't too bad before so I hadn't taped any trees. Taped those two this morning as it would suck if they died and was shocked at the numbers. Fwiw, maple has three caterpillars climbing for every one on the oak. The interesting question is does taping and killing thousands matter when there are millions? Probably not.

The lumber industry uses aerial spraying as does Toronto for widespread infestations. In isolated outbreaks I would do whatever I could to eliminate any bug I could to save my few trees. It also depends on whether the tree would survive the attack. Some of these things are cyclical and survivable.

What is the bug species and how long is the caterpillar migration?

If it was doable I would use some either toxic or mechanical device to eradicate the things. I don't know what voltage would turn them back but if a people safe voltage would turn them back I look at some transformer and wire barrier.

My neighbour had a Magnolia blight issue but it ran its course over four or five years and the tree survived.

Warning: Some years back we were visiting friends and they had a similar problem. Someone suggested we park under a tree to keep our car cool. The bugs crapped all over the car and the crap ate the paint.

I don't know if tangle foot for birds has any effect on the crawly things.
 

Riceburner

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Speaking of door knobs, I did this before COVID, so maybe it doesn't count, but I installed one of these in my garage entry door so I can open it when my hands are greasy/dirty or carrying stuff. Worth every penny:

Nice. i just keep my rag supply close to the door.
 

GreyGhost

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The lumber industry uses aerial spraying as does Toronto for widespread infestations. In isolated outbreaks I would do whatever I could to eliminate any bug I could to save my few trees. It also depends on whether the tree would survive the attack. Some of these things are cyclical and survivable.

What is the bug species and how long is the caterpillar migration?

If it was doable I would use some either toxic or mechanical device to eradicate the things. I don't know what voltage would turn them back but if a people safe voltage would turn them back I look at some transformer and wire barrier.

My neighbour had a Magnolia blight issue but it ran its course over four or five years and the tree survived.

Warning: Some years back we were visiting friends and they had a similar problem. Someone suggested we park under a tree to keep our car cool. The bugs crapped all over the car and the crap ate the paint.

I don't know if tangle foot for birds has any effect on the crawly things.
Killed another 500 climbing those two trees today (gypsy moth caterpillars). I have no idea whether the trees survive the attack or not without intervention. Even with intervention they are taking a real beating. Sadly, only in hindsight can you guess if you made the correct choice. I have lots of trees (including oak and maple) that I am not intervening on so we should be able to see a difference at the end (or not). There are enough caterpillars that you can hear them eating (or pooping?) from 50' away. It sounds like gentle rain.

It's an interesting issue, at what point do animal rights come into play? A farmer in australia had so many mice that he setup a trap that ran them up an auger and dumped them into a burn barrel. Some people were rightly concerned about the ethics of burning thousands of animals alive but the farmer said he would be happy to entertain alternate solutions but given the magnitude of the infestation and destruction being caused he couldn't come up with any other system that processed them fast enough. Coming down from the auger, video showed probably 20 mice in the air. That is tens of thousands of mice an hour.

“So baiting them is humane?” the uploader added. “They die slowly over time… drowning is that humane??? Give me a humane way to kill them and I’ll do it…”
 

油井緋色

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It's an interesting issue, at what point do animal rights come into play?

Have you heard of the war Aussies had on birds.....and lost? lol Took too many bullets and it wasn't cost effective.
 

GreyGhost

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Have you heard of the war Aussies had on birds.....and lost? lol Took too many bullets and it wasn't cost effective.
Thankfully, my war only requires a single stick I found on the ground and a few feet of tape. Material cost almost zero. Time cost could get out of control if you wanted to be thorough (I am ignoring the ones already in the trees and just focusing with ones trying to gain access)
 

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