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Old 08-04-2018, 10:21 AM   #1
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Angry Blasted, Danged Squirrels!!!

I had finished a load of 17' chair rails and baseboards. Locked up the shop and went into the house. A couple of days later I went to give the a final look over before delivery. Bloody squirrels had danced all over them!
I had to sand and do a third coat on 7 pieces.
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Had to chuckle. Few years back I had a really heavy front door to paint. Rather than haul it to the shop, thought I would put down tarps and saw horses and spray it out in their yard - after all, I’ve seen other outfits pull that off. Set it up, sprayed it, and it looked great. Went up to my rig for maybe 30 seconds, came back and some bird had done a straffing run and hit it from bottom to top with the results of a ripe blackberry feast. Wasn’t funny at the time.
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@RH Maybe I'll be able to laugh at some point in the future. At least mine was dry enough to take a sander to them. Still, they did make a mess of the work.
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Had to chuckle. Few years back I had a really heavy front door to paint. Rather than haul it to the shop, thought I would put down tarps and saw horses and spray it out in their yard - after all, Iíve seen other outfits pull that off. Set it up, sprayed it, and it looked great. Went up to my rig for maybe 30 seconds, came back and some bird had done a straffing run and hit it from bottom to top with the results of a ripe blackberry feast. Wasnít funny at the time.

I think you and I were talking via PM at that exact moment and a bird had just bombed a few windows I was painting!
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We call them Tree Rats ��....
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Good to know I'm not the only one to be hassled by the wild life! I went out and bought a large box of Irish Spring Original scent and line my work space walls with the bars. I've been told animals can't stand the smell.
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If you can find where they're getting in and don't have time to fix it, jam some course steel wool in there. Mice and squirrels hate that stuff, won't touch it.
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If you can find where they're getting in and don't have time to fix it, jam some course steel wool in there. Mice and squirrels hate that stuff, won't touch it.
Well of course. It scratches them up and leaves marks they canít buff out. They prefer the triple zero stuff.
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We call them Tree Rats ��....
We have emí everywhere around here - drives our dog nuts but does give a purpose to her life - at least in her mind.

Few years back I was sitting at my desk looking out the back window when a big grey plummeted out of a tree and landed smack on the ground. An unusual event to see one fall like that and he was apparently very dead. Another one came down and investigated the body and seemed intent on taking it away. Of course I imparted humans emotions and motivations to the live one and so I was touched since it appeared to me he was trying to get his buddy to come to and get back up into the trees with him. It was only later that I read they will often cannibalize their dead. Blood thirsty little bastards.
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Our female dogs have always been champion squirrelers. I'm thinking our little 3yr old Banshee is even better at it than old Queenie (RIP) was. She's on her 3rd squirrel this summer and got 2 big rabbits in our backyard as well. The boys have always just stood back and watched for some reason. They always participate in the chase, but not the kill. They both look so proud of themselves afterwards though.
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Our female dogs have always been champion squirrelers. I'm thinking our little 3yr old Banshee is even better at it than old Queenie (RIP) was. She's on her 3rd squirrel this summer and got 2 big rabbits in our backyard as well. The boys have always just stood back and watched for some reason. They always participate in the chase, but not the kill. They both look so proud of themselves afterwards though.
Stevie chases but has never caught one. I swear I’ve seen her slow down at the last second in order to avoid actual contact. Doubt she would know what to do with one if she caught it. But similar to your guys, she struts around very boastfully when she sees that her prey is now up in a tree.

Growing up we had a fox terrier and that dog was death to anything in the rodent kingdom. I suspect she is still spoken about in hushed, fearful tones at squirrel and rat gatherings.
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If you can find where they're getting in and don't have time to fix it, jam some course steel wool in there. Mice and squirrels hate that stuff, won't touch it.
Do you know where steel wool comes from? From steel sheep of course.
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Ever deal with Woodpeckers?

Those birds can do a lot of damage to wood siding. Some owners use a decoy 'bird of prey' mounted on the roof to scare them off. Not sure how well that works long term. it depends on how smart the bird species are. Magpies are too smart to be fooled by decoys.

I'm more worried about bugs or flies landing on the wet doors. Nothing worse than spraying out a flawless coat only to come back 1/2 later with a housefly stuck in the paint. I have found that PPG Breakthrough dries quickly and can be sanded down in only an hour or two.
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Do you know where steel wool comes from? From steel sheep of course.

Really, I'm sure you can do better than that!
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Ah, @jennifertemple, just when you think you have this painting thing down to a science.....ugh. Like my neighbor always tells me when the squirrels raid my bird feeder, "Squirrels can't help that they're squirrels, they gotta eat too." Yeah, yeah.

Years ago when painting metal doors with oil-based paint was the norm, I finished the last metal door on a nursing home and went to lunch. Came back to find a small snake, yes, a snake had somehow got himself into the wet paint and it was tacky enough that he was thorougly stuck! Only thing I could think to do was pour a capful of paint thinner just above where he was sticking to maybe release the hold of the paint. It worked! But, I had to re-paint the door of course.
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Ah, @jennifertemple, just when you think you have this painting thing down to a science.....ugh. Like my neighbor always tells me when the squirrels raid my bird feeder, "Squirrels can't help that they're squirrels, they gotta eat too." Yeah, yeah.

I don't mind them getting into the bird feed and it's fun to watch the Blue Jays peck them on the head to chase them off. Sometimes it take 2-3 pecks on the head before the squirrel thinks it is to painful to stay. I laugh myself silly watching that show!
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Really, I'm sure you can do better than that!
jennifer, can you?
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jennifer, can you?

Well, I can be as silly.

Steel sheep, that's what my ex used to do before starting to make dinner.
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Ah, so he was a rustler then?
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Ah, so he was a rustler then?

No, Scottish.
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