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Old 06-20-2010, 05:44 PM
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Sankes and Ornamental Iron

In my spare time I dabble in ornamental iron (see the pics below). So far it has been limited to fabbing stuff for myself and friends. I was working in my garage Saturday night when I went into my storage room and came out to find this copperhead (see pic below), which I must have passed within a foot and a half of on my way into the storage room.

Question 1 - Does anyone know for sure if SnakeAway actually works? (It almost seems as silly as hanging aluminum pie plates on your fence so the snake will see it's reflectional and run away. ). I live in a wooded are where everyone has a couple acres, so snakes are expected and, frankly, I've seen more snakes this year than any other time. I'm a little concerned about my dog.

Question 2 - Do you think this ironwork that I am doing be sold as a landscaping product? I'm starting to do more as people see my work and are showing interest. The woman that I am making shutters for now knows a builder that is interested. I asked the local nursery (mostly because they sell $900 teak outdoor furniture) and they seemed interested, but never called me back. I was just wondering if anyone has see these sorts of products being sold at other nurseries.

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Old 06-21-2010, 01:36 AM
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In my spare time I dabble in ornamental iron (see the pics below). So far it has been limited to fabbing stuff for myself and friends. I was working in my garage Saturday night when I went into my storage room and came out to find this copperhead (see pic below), which I must have passed within a foot and a half of on my way into the storage room.

Question 1 - Does anyone know for sure if SnakeAway actually works? (It almost seems as silly as hanging aluminum pie plates on your fence so the snake will see it's reflectional and run away. ). I live in a wooded are where everyone has a couple acres, so snakes are expected and, frankly, I've seen more snakes this year than any other time. I'm a little concerned about my dog.

Question 2 - Do you think this ironwork that I am doing be sold as a landscaping product? I'm starting to do more as people see my work and are showing interest. The woman that I am making shutters for now knows a builder that is interested. I asked the local nursery (mostly because they sell $900 teak outdoor furniture) and they seemed interested, but never called me back. I was just wondering if anyone has see these sorts of products being sold at other nurseries.

Thanks all.
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Don't know? I've never found where hanging aluminum pie plates would work. I have used moth balls in the trailer at the deer camp. Seemed to work on mice. If you keep mice away if helps to keep snakes away. You just need to keep an eye open. Hopefully the dog will too. Mother Earth can be tough!

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Nice Work! I can see interest in your work. You need to get your work out there and the rest will follow. I knew a couple of welders that did a few iron rebar fences that took off to a point where they had to staffed up. Build a few samples to drop off at local nurseries just too see what happens.


I wish you luck!

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Old 06-21-2010, 09:28 AM
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Thanks, MS. I was kidding about the aluminum pie plates (although someone somewhere may have tried this). I may give the moth balls a try.
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Old 06-23-2010, 08:00 PM
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Did anyone else have any thoughts on the snake (as opposed to sanke) repellent?
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:26 PM
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Well this maybe tough to do but you may have to clean up your shop a bit and remove some of the places for snakes to hide. That is a beautiful snake, hope you removed him (catch and release).
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:10 PM
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Well this maybe tough to do but you may have to clean up your shop a bit and remove some of the places for snakes to hide. That is a beautiful snake, hope you removed him (catch and release).
Sorry Chris... I hope he killed him. Especially a COPPERHEAD!!!
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:27 PM
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I relocate all snakes, poisonous and non poisonous.
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Only non-poisonous for me my friend. And that's only if I have to touch them. Otherwise I leave them alone.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:51 PM
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How selfish of me WirelessG... Nice Iron work!!! I would love to have iron railing on my concrete walls.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:30 PM
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Thanks. Check around and you should be able to find someone to make the rail for you. (GA is too far for me to go.)

For the record, I didn't kill the snake because I was in an awkward position at the time and I was afraid that I would miss and it would end up biting me. Otherwise, I would have killed him. (I don't know that it makes a big difference one way or the other since there has to be hundreds or thousands in my area.) On the bright side, I would rather have snakes and spiders in my garage than Trolls and Klingons.
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