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Old 02-01-2004, 08:36 PM
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Angry Squirrels chewing through propane hose

Hello!

Recently, we replaced the 4' long hose that connects our portable grill to our 5 gallon propane tank, because the hose was leaking. We didn't inspect the hose at the time, assuming that the weather had caused it to crack.

Well, I went out back today (taking a break from cleaning the wheels on my car) and smelled propane. Sure enough, there was a hole in the hose. I assumed that somehow the rubber had melted (the hole was close to the regulator on the grill), but on closer inspection, I found that something had chewed through it. I assume it was a squirrel.

Firepower isn't an option (the squirrels around here outnumber me by far, and my girlfriend wants to catch one and keep it for a pet; also, knowing this area, it's probably illegal), so does anyone have any ideas on how to deter them? I had the idea of getting a piece of flexible conduit to cover the hose, but I'm not sure I can get one big enough to get around the fittings, and I'm sure there's a better idea. Catching and releasing's probably not a good idea, simply due to the sheer numbers of them around here...

Any thoughts would be appreciated...thanks in advance!
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:01 PM
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One of those flexible metal conduit things can't be slipped over the rubber hose? I don't think they cost too much, and they can be cut to size.
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Old 02-01-2004, 09:27 PM
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Smear Tabasco on the hose?

http://www.pestproducts.com/deerblock.htm

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Old 02-02-2004, 04:35 AM
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One of those flexible metal conduit things can't be slipped over the rubber hose? I don't think they cost too much, and they can be cut to size.
I'm sure the conduit will fit over the hose itself, but is it a wide enough diameter to get around the fittings at the ends of the hose?

I might try the tabasco sauce trick...but I definitely need a new hose; duct tape failed to seal the hole well enough.

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Old 02-02-2004, 08:45 AM
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My dad has had good luck with this:

Get some small size hardware cloth - that wire mesh with roughly 1/4" square holes - and wrap it loosely around the hose.

Then again my mom has also had good luck with a Remington pump action pellet gun

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Old 02-02-2004, 09:25 AM
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My neighbor has had good luck with a 22.
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Old 02-02-2004, 09:43 AM
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You can buy steel braided cable (not just the cover) at some auto parts outlets. Also available are the A/N fittings that are compatible to what you currently have for your propane setup.

Braided cable is not cheap though...expect to pay $30 or more depending on the cost per foot where you shop...although I don't know what length you need...
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Old 02-02-2004, 12:04 PM
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Knowing your area, Warden, I'll bet that if the wrong people read this post you'll have to continue providing protection AND new propane hoses for the little creatures............


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Old 02-02-2004, 06:21 PM
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http://gas-light-4u.safeshopper.com/7/cat7.htm?487

Call these guys and order a stainless steel pigtail.

Or google.
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Steel braid...then plug it in
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Old 02-03-2004, 12:13 PM
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One of these will do the trick.

Use Colibri Hummingbirds or Eley subsonic rounds. A slammed screen door is loud in comparison.
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