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Well I wasn't able to get the picture to post, but I will describe it and try posting pic later.

My wife and I just bought a house, and have a four foot high chain link fence. the wire ties that are used to tie the chain link to the posts and top rail are ~ 9ga. solid aluminum wire. Every one of the top post ties all the way around the yard, except those where the bushes rest on the top of the fence, look like they have been gnawed through, many are have been gnawed so thin they broke others are very close. At first I thought maybe some type of push mover drug by every time mowed, the previous owner always had a rider (original owner) then I though that can't be right, all gnawing is on top of rail not on side even back very close to the chain link. Either we have some really hard toothed squirrels or some birds I don't want to meet in a dark alley. Any body have any idea??:eek: :eek: :eek:
 

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I guess maybe I wasn't real clear in the above post, the only places where this isn't happening is where the bushes touch the top rail, which leads me to think that they are inhibiting what ever is doing this.

I am wondering if a chemical reaction of some kind isn't happening, because this is the only aluminum on the fence, but then why not the whole piece rather than just part of it, is it something that is rubbed off the feet of some animal. This is really weird.

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Ah yes. I can tell you exactly what that is. Why? I can't really say that one for sure. My neighbor owns a large tree business for the last 20+ years and we were discussing this the other day. It is Squirrels. I have some of those at my house to. They figured out what is was several years ago. They will over time chew all the way thru them.

Why? Not sure but only 2 things come to mind. #1 is they may use them to sharpen their teeth. #2 is that maybe some mineral in the material they need and get it from those.

A pellet gun does wonders to help with that problem.;)
 

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Thanks, I kinda thought that might be it, or the chemical thing, but it seemed real far fetched.
I think I will just replace them with the galvanized steel type.

Thanks again,
 

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Thanks, I kinda thought that might be it, or the chemical thing, but it seemed real far fetched.
I think I will just replace them with the galvanized steel type.

Thanks again,
Squirrels can do some strange sh** - had them eat through a bird feeder made of lexan (bullet proof glass). Kinda looks like maybe they were trimming the bushes and got into it with the saw
 

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You need to get a squirrel feeder and fill it with decon, and aluminum ties for desert of course.

Do you have any photos of ties from another area?? It looks a bit too clean for teeth marks. It definately something cutting it..not chemical or acid rain, etc.

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They all look the same on my yard, with the exception of those located under bushes or vines, where access in restricted to some animals. I have not looked at other fences in the area, but I will later. I does look too clean, like a cutting torch or a plazma cutter, but why, it IMHO has to be rodent related. I can not think of any reason or cause by humans. I have seen the squirls run along the top of the fence many times, but have never actually seen them chewing. I hurt my teeth just thinking about it.:eek:
 

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ITs squirrels i have the same problem.

I have a hampster and she likes to chew on the metel cage... i think its how they clean and strengthen their teeth....

wierd but its true i've seen those darn things chewing on them!
 

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Say what you will but, ….but the truth is out there.



Garden gnomes.

Yup, very late at night those harmless little ceramic garden gnomes come to life. They gather in packs, travel two by two and sometimes you can hear their faint little squeaky voices singing songs of joy – whistle while you work, and my sharona. …my, my, my, my sharona. Please. Give me a break.

Anyway, they take what seams to be harmless pieces of metal (in your case some aluminum shavings) and make gold out of it. A clever person might stay awake, waiting and watching for them to appear. Then, follow them back unnoticed (easier said than done) and discover were they hide their gold. Few have lived to tell about it.

I can prove they exist too.

Why do stores mark them down and put them on clearance? Sell’em for cheap? Easy, they’re trying to get rid of them, they know they don’t want ‘em. Unsuspecting consumers purchase these nasty little things every day. Not knowing the dangers that exist.

Have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night and thought you stubbed your toe on a bedpost,. …heard a pop and felt a sharp pain. That means you’re close to catching them in the act. Yup. It wasn’t the bedpost, it was a tiny little hammer swinging though the air striking your toe. They try for the pinky toe but they’re not the best shots. And that pop sound you hear. It’s really the hammer swinging though the air so fast it makes an air clap sound, like thunder.

Beware of the garden gnomes. Don’t knock ‘em over, ….or else.

Rick
 
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