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Aaaahhhhhhhhh!!!!! (As in me screaming.) No more work tonight.

by AngieO
posted 09-25-2013 02:51 AM


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 02:57 AM

I can say that isn’t a problem with me. Cats and labradors keep them away. As far as your problem? Maybe call animal control. Best of luck.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 02:58 AM

I guess we should bring live traps and pellet guns!!

..................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Alongiron

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 03:01 AM

I think that he heard of all the cool projects you have been working on and just had to see for himself!! I will tell you how to get rid of him. To outside and dig a hole and fill it full of ashes from your last camp fire. Go into the garden and grab some peas and spread them around the outside of the hole. When the opossum comes to take a pea, kick him in the Ashe hole!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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redSLED

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 03:03 AM

That possum might just be your workshop angel sent down from carpenter’s heaven to watch over you and provide friendship during dark times (like at night).

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 03:10 AM

Too funny, I really don’t know what to say!!!

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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Gary

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#6 posted 09-25-2013 03:12 AM

If you are on peer and beam you really need to get someone to get him out and away from your house. They will get under a house in some of the worst places and they are terrible to get rid of. Make noises at night and stink like crazy if they die. If you cant get someone to do it, poison the thing.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Charlie

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 03:17 AM

Looks like you have a shop Mascot. I would name him woody

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redSLED

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#8 posted 09-25-2013 03:23 AM

I found your solution. That truly blessed time of Thanksgiving will be upon us soon – consider your choices:

http://www.tngenweb.org/tntable/possum.htm

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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Randy_ATX

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#9 posted 09-25-2013 03:27 AM

Leave the drawer open and an exterior door open to your workshop tonight. The overgrown rat will be gone. If they are rampant around the outside, get a live trap from harbor freight and dispose of them the way you see fit. They are pretty docile but give me the willies for some reason. Go take a better pic of the varmint. ;-)

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 09-25-2013 03:44 AM

Well girly girl in some parts of these here woods I would say you just found tomorrows supper.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 09-25-2013 04:20 AM

Omg! Too funny guys.

I don’t even know what to say. Lol.

K…. Here is the plan…. I’ve got a bag of marshmallows. I’m going to leave a trail of them. I’m going to crack the big garage door open and the trail will lead out the door. Hoping he will not eat them and wander back in.

They freak me out. My brother got attacked by one when we were kids. ( lol… I was less than ten… So my memory of the ordeal is probably exaggerated). Doesn’t matter… I don’t like him and I don’t want him there. And the way he was looking at me… I AINT going to get close enough to take another pic.

Funny thing… I was taking a video of my shop earlier for a friend. Could you imagine if I would have opened that drawer and he popped out at me?

Maybe he thought all that doll furniture I’ve been making was for opossums. :)

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 04:21 AM

And he dies not get a name! Lol.

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#13 posted 09-25-2013 04:23 AM

They are omnivores get rid of anything edible in your shop then a live catch trap baited with cat food should catch him. By the way he is a marsupial not a rodent. If I lived close I would trap him for you.

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 04:36 AM

Oh! This guy was just messing with me scratching around in that drawer. He just wanted me to get the heck out so he could play in my shop. I went out to set the marshmallows out. I opened the for and he just stared at me.

I ran back inside and got my camera. After I took the pic he decided to go play in my rafters. Dang thing!!!

The door is open. Now I’m hoping he leaves and never comes back. But he’s been in there since Saturday night and I just now found him. So who knows.

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AngieO

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 04:38 AM

Lol. I don’t deal with marsupials either. Lol!

I don’t know why he even went in there. There has never been anything edible out there.

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#16 posted 09-25-2013 04:43 AM

crank up the table saw he’ll leave :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#17 posted 09-25-2013 04:51 AM

I’ve been out there fir the past three days running my table saw, planer, miter saw and even my router. Plus the sender and shop vac. Never heard a peep from him till tonight.

He got in on Saturday night. I had left the door open. We were in the back yard with a little firepit I got a couple weeks ago. Me and James was having what he calls “a campfire” we heard noises in there while my nephew and friends were dropping by. They checked it out and found nothing. Later I found him in there but I left the door open and never saw him again so I had assumed he’d left. Apparently… He didn’t.

I’ve probably spent 8 hours out there today. Plus another 8 yesterday. Plus however long I was in there Sunday.

Dang marsupial!!!

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eddie

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#18 posted 09-25-2013 04:55 AM

you may be stuck with a possum for a pet, lol ,they are uselly shy but it dont look very old may have gotten into the glue and is just high still thinks its the weekend :)thats funny sorry Angie

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Charlie

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#19 posted 09-25-2013 05:17 AM

LOL thats a baby…. just pick him/her up by the tail and take it outside. Caution most of the time they wont fight back but like I said most of the time. They have 50 teeth but unlikely to have rabies. leather welding gloves work well. Yes I live in the woods and deal with them all the time.

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#20 posted 09-25-2013 06:19 AM

Shotgun!

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#21 posted 09-25-2013 06:33 AM

the duck commander guys would just eat it

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#22 posted 09-25-2013 06:45 AM

I caught one of these guys in a live animal trap one time and I can tell you that when caught they can have a real BAD attitude. And ya, he did have quite a set of chompers…..................

-- mike...............

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Esko Lehtovaara

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#23 posted 09-25-2013 08:47 AM

Last winter on a cold period it was late evening and -13F. I heard noice in the kitchen from a closet. I was thinking that the sound is to noicy for a mouse. I opend the closet door and saw a rat in the closet. It’s not allways so that your labrador or cat’s does theyr job Monte. At that moment I had two adult mail cats in the room next to the kitchen and five Doberman-Rotweiler sleeping in the same room. I told them to come and fix the problem. None of them even flicked theyr eyes. Sheise. I greabbed the nearest solid “stick” and how pleased I was to see it was a piece of good and solid”Made in Finland” birch plywood 3/4”x 1 1/2” x 16”. I got so mad about man’s best friend just kept on sleeping and the cat’s were dreaming of warmth or something and of that creep in my kitchen. I opend the door ones again and and and… You shurly gues what happend. Oh boy I loved that piece of plywood turning red…

-- Oisko aika oppia uutta? Go ahead and learn some Finnish at http://www.restaurointiturku.fi

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#24 posted 09-25-2013 09:35 AM

Funny story Angie, good lock. Alongiron, that is a real groaner. Grooooooan.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#25 posted 09-25-2013 09:47 AM

Possum is good eat’n …. Here is a song all about it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHPjHTKqGpI&feature=share&list=FLd5zJvEvBsWALUYaChpNX8Q

-- Some minds are like concrete - thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

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Roger

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#26 posted 09-25-2013 12:09 PM

Looks like you’ve got yourself a shop pet. Call him Splinter, or, Dusty… lol

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#27 posted 09-25-2013 12:24 PM

Shady by 64 lb norwegian elkhound keeps them away from my back yard, several times has ran them up a tree or up the fence, you need to get a dog or cat Angie,

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#28 posted 09-25-2013 12:38 PM

Angie, you could borrow Don Broussard’s shop snake!

There, now doesn’t that make you feel better about that ‘lil ol’ possum?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#29 posted 09-25-2013 12:47 PM

Angie, I will trade you. Last wednesday, was going down to shop to check on a glue-up I had done on a cedar chest. Had walked around outside of house and when I ran the basement garage door up… a snake dropped in floor of the shop. Ahhh the joys of living in the country. Guess it was a good thing I had left Barney the shop dog napping on the couch or it would have been war. I have a long list of things I am not good at and now am forced to add snake herding. Really didnt want to kill the little feller (they are a fine deterent to rodents and marsupials…lol) but prefer they do it outta my sight.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#30 posted 09-25-2013 01:04 PM

Get someone with a dog to let their dog into your shop. If the dog is bigger than the possum, the possum will high tail it out of there. My dog Rocky has killed a few possums that were foolish enough to stray into the back yard. I did have a humming bird fly in the open door of my shop last month. She was a delight to behold. Caught her in a bowl and took her back outside.

-- Fredj

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#31 posted 09-25-2013 01:07 PM

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#32 posted 09-25-2013 01:37 PM

It probably likes the music you listen to. Change the station.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#33 posted 09-25-2013 02:35 PM

Do not use a shotgun, they make big holes in wood as well as animals. Had two raccoons that found our
cat door and liked cat food, the cats just looked at them and decided they were too big. Tried the live
animal traps that worked for skunks, but they were too smart. A 22 rifle with 22 short cartridges solved the
problem. If he does not leave, check the yellow pages for pest/varmint control. Never saw a live possum,
but from their pictures I can understand your reluctance to grab it. It sure does not look as cute as POGO
did, and probably is not as intelligent.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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baileyst

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#34 posted 09-25-2013 02:37 PM

Lol if the possum is still there let me know and I’ll come get rid of it for you. I’m off this weekend.

-- Bailey Indiana

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#35 posted 09-25-2013 02:55 PM

Sounds like you have a lot more fun with animals in the US compared to up here in Canada. Possum in your shop, other LJ’s talking about snakes, scorpions…The most I’ve ever had in my shop was a couple of fat field mice.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#36 posted 09-25-2013 03:06 PM

They have50 teath and a brain the size of a walnut. Not smart, not aggressive but if you bring in a dog he will stay in the rafters. Call animal control they might have a live catch trap to lend you

-- "Complexity is easy; Simplicity is difficult." Georgy Shragin Designer of ppsh41 sub machine gun

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bondogaposis

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#37 posted 09-25-2013 03:07 PM

Cute. I think we should name him. Looks like he moved in for the winter, you have a new pet.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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CharlieM1958

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#38 posted 09-25-2013 03:33 PM

I think you need to talk about this over at DKV’s “pet peeve” post, because obviously you are peeved about this pet.

For your sake, I hope he doesn’t prove im-possum-ble to get rid of.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#39 posted 09-25-2013 03:41 PM

Well if possum and sweet taters are out of the question, then I would suggest getting a stick and knocking the crap out of him. He will play dead. Leave the door open and leave for a bit, he will be gone when you get back. A bit of a sidebar here, if he is in your drawer, you can put some gas on a rag and toss it in the drawer, and in a short time, he will be gone and prolly not come back. If you decide to have a change of heart on the possum and sweet taters, I got a good recipe I will share with ya.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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AngieO

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#40 posted 09-25-2013 04:39 PM

Well… I can tell you he is not in the drawer. A friend suggested marshmallows… Now I’m thinking he was pulling my leg. I did it… But they weren’t even touched. Called a few places today and a guy said to put some tuna out. Problem is… I think he’s in there sleeping right now. But I don’t know where he is so I don’t know if he’s even in there. Gonna see of I can find a live trap today and a can of tuna.

But as long as he’s asleep… I guess I’ll go back to work on my project. Still can’t help but look over my shoulder all the time though.

Bailey… If he’s still there this weekend… I’m gonna take you up on that!!!

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baileyst

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#41 posted 09-25-2013 06:09 PM

Ok just let me know. I’m off friday thru sunday.

-- Bailey Indiana

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Don W

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#42 posted 09-25-2013 07:45 PM

now the shop snake would make me scream like a girly girl to, but a possum? He’s just an ugly cat with no hair on his tail.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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AngieO

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#43 posted 09-25-2013 07:49 PM

Lol. I didn’t actually scream… But you better believe that I did run away. I came back… But I ran at first. And when I went back in and he was on the wood… I ran at first then too.

Yeah… I’d rather have a opossum than a snake.

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#44 posted 09-25-2013 08:38 PM

Tuna should work to attract them. Cat food will work also, especially if any of the neighbors have outdoor cats. My dad used to feed our cats on the back porch just before bed time. A possum would show up within a few minutes every night. He quickly grew to what must have been 30-40 pounds.

-- Steve

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#45 posted 09-25-2013 08:42 PM

Was just thinking that if you put tuna out, there’ll be 2 more possums come visiting.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#46 posted 09-25-2013 08:54 PM

All this talk of tuna and possum has me thinking of a new casserole recipe….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#47 posted 09-25-2013 09:16 PM

I agree with red. If I used Tuna it would be to bait the animal in a trap so any party crashers would get caught too.

Last weekend my woodworking was interrupted by a dryer that wouldn’t start. It appeared to have a motor problem. As I was cleaning the lint out of the bottom of the dryer with a vacuum there was some lint under the squirrel cage that would come up. I started scratching it with my finger to loosen it up and my finger turned red. I though “there shouldn’t be any synthetic grease in there”. I got a flashlight and determined the motor problem was caused by a rat that crawled into the exhaust duct of my dryer – and that red stuff wasn’t grease!. We unknowingly turned the dryer on and stopped the motor when it got caught (and killed) in the squirrel cage. I had to disassemble the dryer COMPLETELY to get to the rat. Note to self – rats are the same color as lint.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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AngieO

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#48 posted 09-25-2013 10:32 PM

Oh my. Dead rat… Not fun.

Ok… So I have to admit that I tried the marshmallow suggestion. And all night Lon I was worried that there would be more out there this morning. Or that there would be other party crashers… As someone suggested.

So… Someone is supposed to bring me a live trap tonight or tomorrow and we will bait it with tuna.
And if its not gone by the weekend… I’m calling Bailey. Lol.

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#49 posted 09-25-2013 10:50 PM

@Angie—Good luck getting rid of your shop critter. If you catch him, I can send you a box of Possum Helper from the store down here (yes, I’m joking but I have heard some of the locals refer to possum as “the other white meat”).

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Don W

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#50 posted 09-25-2013 10:57 PM

A new cookbook. Shop-kill recipes. Top features, possum and snake!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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