Maine strikes again... MICE!
After four days of dealing with mice (killing is NOT an option for my animal loving wife and son) trapping and driving 2 miles to dump them in the park in freezing Maine nights, I’ve had it. The process isn’t that terrible but doing it one mouse at a time sucks. Well I've always lived by the guiding principles of "building a better mouse trap" but I'm never thought to try it literally. Here goes..
After hearing horror stories of mice eating through plywood, drywall, tarps, and Tupperware, I’m starting out building the device from a denser polycarbonate container from Rubbermaid. I'll add the trade name at the second editing
Using a fine coping saw to cut out the door will make a nice tight seal if positioned consistently. The door will pivot at the top, stopped by flange tabs, and remain aligned perfecting in the cutout with a hinge... not sure how yet.
I'm using a small length of coat hanger wire hot glued to the outer lip of the container to act as the horizontal hinge point.
Test fitting the door and determining the best center of rotation for the door in relation to the coat hanger. The height and inside/outside position is critical.
Trying XMAS ornament hook wire around the coat hanger as the low-friction hinge. Just using one tie point worked the best as the subtle curve of the container and new door made two tie points off plane.
The final trap, loaded and ready for testing. The walls of the container are canted outwards just enough to let gravity keep the door shut, but not enough to keep a mouse out (I'm totally making all these assertions up as I go). In case the photo perspective isn't clear - the door will only push inwards The tabs are hot glued to the DOOR only and stop the door from swinging forward. Its Dec 14th, 2017 and I'm placing it at the scene of the crime in the attic. Fingers crossed - will append findings below.