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Racoons and Gel Caps

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by gusbuster, Jun 22, 2001.

  1. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,931

    How do any of you guys solve this problem. Racoons are stealing my wire nut gel caps that I use to waterproof my wiring job. I already tried cyan pepper and even pepper spray. Any suggestion???? This is only happening on one job site. Oh by the way, this is an above ground valve install. Boxing it is not an option due client wishes.

    Minus the caps, wires cross and blow the fuses on the timer. It's been real hot and windy so the landscape is drying up fast.

  2. greens1

    greens1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    I put mothballs in valve boxes to keep mice from chewing through the wires in winter.

    Are the valves simply stuck out in the open for everyone to see?

    Jim L
  3. racerdave

    racerdave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    I would recommend that you solder them along with using shrink tube. That way, all curious varmits will leave them alone.

    I use a butane soldering gun.
  4. racerdave

    racerdave LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    you could also use stak-ons. but I don't think they would look as nice as shrink tube.
  5. EarthWorks

    EarthWorks LawnSite Member
    Messages: 135

    Butt connectors and shrink tube.
  6. motivated1

    motivated1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    Wire-nuts, tampons, 3m tape, tiestraps. solved. Matthew L I 8050
  7. gusbuster

    gusbuster LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,931

    thank guys for the responses, sorry wasn't any faster. Had a little accident while unloading some equipment last saturday,fractured my elbo.

    I went to a different way of waterproofing the connectors. So far, no problems. I do thinkg that the owner did manage to trap the coon that was causing the trouble though.

    Thanks for the responses

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