Reminds me of our troubles with ground hogs, woodchucks, in the barn. We
tried everything without success. I mentioned the trouble to Craig at my
local Co-op fertilizer and farm chemical supply. He said they had the same
trouble and a solution. He told me to come back tommorrow with the truck and
he'll have everything ready. Next day, I picked up a 1000 gallon tank of
An-Hydrous Ammonia and a 100' length of reinforced plastic pipe with a metal
barb on the end. Just stick the metal barb in the burrow and give 'em a good
shot he said. He also said, be careful, this stuff is bad, stand back when
you turn on the line.
When I gave those ground hogs a shot of Ammonia it stunk so bad I could feel
the water being taken out of my lungs. I shut the barn up and left on
vacation for a week. The odor was still noticeable when I came back. Not
only were there no ground hogs, but all the mice were gone too. Haven't seen
a groundhog sense.
| I just checked with my local bike and auto dealers for calcium carbide and
| received nothing but blank stares.
| Could it be things have changed?
Phenomenally. Calcium carbide was used to make acetylene for lighting,
welding, or other similar applications. Union Carbide grew out of that
discovery. Add a little to some water and watch (?) it create the good
stuff. Calcium carbide is still used in rare items, but don't recall what
they are now. Better yet, you can do what I just did and do a brief search
on the web for many sources and bits of information.
I used to order it in small quantities for a cannon when I was a kid; looks
like they're still in business, too:
Wish I still had that old thing; they're spendier now.
Yeah, I'm quite familiar with it. I thought it was quite funny how an item
that is now relatively difficult to obtain was so common in the early years,
much like almost anything you can imagine today. My father was a hard rock
miner before I was born and still did his share of prospecting years later.
He had a couple carbide lamps that I used to play with while I was growing
Calcium carbide is still used in rare items, but don't recall what
Not really necessary, but I can add to your list the use in Big Bang model
cannon, and in lowering the level of sulfur in iron previously melted in a
cupola so it can be converted to ductile iron. It's made by "cooking*
limestone with coke, as I recall.
On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 11:31:53 -0700, the inscrutable "Harold and Susan
Ayup. Ah hear tell they caught summa them 'lectricity critters 'n run
'em around in things called "lidgit bulbs" in the car instead of
waterin' thet carbide in the lanterns any more.
Tarnation, ain't technology wunnerful?
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I have a fair collection of justrights and autolights and several other odd
brand carbide lamps. A couple of them are still new in the box :)
Always fun with the kids to show em my lams and "Burning Rocks" :)
I also have an overabunance of moles........I crank up my 8 hp tiller,
and utilize a corrugated stainless steel cryogenic fill hose i
scrounged that I attach to the exhaust, and pour in a couple of
tablespoons of insecticide like Dursban or carboral (sp?) and also a
some small mothballs of crystals, and fire up the motor, and place the
end of the hose into the tunnels, and let it run. I allow smoke and
fumes to come out of various passages for awhile, then start to block
them off a little at a time as they become saturated with the fumes.
Been pretty sucessfull at reducing the tunnels and critters, but they
always return. I have quit spending money on baits and traps as most
times they are worthless in a lot of situations. ALthough my little
miniature dachshunds have no problems with moles, as they can
literally tear up and excavate the entire yard in no time flat and
usually come up with the critters doing the
tunneling...........however its at the expense of having to do a
larger repair to the lawn in the end.........
On Mon, 11 Apr 2005 01:53:06 -0500, Don Foreman
=============================================Put some color in your cheeks...garden naked!
If you look very closely, you might see a fine wire going over the top
of the matchhead. It is a single strand from a bit of lampcord,
about .010" dia. It goes thru two slits in the bottom of the stick.
The leads are connected to it. 12 volts is plenty to heat this fine
wire to melting point and ignite the match. The matchhead provides
physical support, and also provides "staying power" with ample fuel
to burn thru the baggie after the fine wire has done it's job and is
I used to fire my home built cannon (1/2" water pipe) that way when I was a
kid. I had a power supply from an old radio that I used as a power source
to heat that single strand of copper you spoke of. . Probably saved by
buddy's life one day, when he wanted to light it by hand but I insisted we
do it with electricity. We fired it from the safety of the basement of
the house, which had a large ding in it from the barrel that was propelled
backwards from a huge overload of home made black powder and a wrist pin
from an old lawn mower engine. How did any of us live to be adults?
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