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Tim Hite

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Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« on: September 25, 2018, 03:27:16 am »

Putting in a sound system outdoors in the desert. Rats or some other desert critter have already gotten in and eaten the insulation off clients appliances in outdoor kitchen.

Using MC for speaker wire, but need to cover some signal cables and an IEC power cable.

Stainless steel tech flex is $4/ft. . .

Anyone have a better chew proof solution?

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Will Knight

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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2018, 06:57:51 am »

Consider 1/4” or 1/2” PVC Tubing Or AFC Liquidtight conduit from your local big box store.  Weather and critter resistant, easy installation and if necessary, can be buried underground (check local code) to remove “unsightly lines”


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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2018, 07:33:02 am »

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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2018, 07:40:15 am »

Putting in a sound system outdoors in the desert. Rats or some other desert critter have already gotten in and eaten the insulation off clients appliances in outdoor kitchen.

Using MC for speaker wire, but need to cover some signal cables and an IEC power cable.

Stainless steel tech flex is $4/ft. . .

Anyone have a better chew proof solution?

You could try flexible metal conduit.  1/2” or 3/4”.  I’ve always heard that rats can chew through steel pipe so any solution may be temporary at best.
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John Roberts {JR}

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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2018, 09:25:36 am »

get a cat....? I have killed 5 squirrels so far this year (they eat my pecans).

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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2018, 09:41:37 am »

Need to learn how you trained them My cats ignore the squirrels.....as well as the raccoons.... possums...and almost everything else that’s not food related. Guess that’s what happens with “City” cats.


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« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2018, 10:14:52 am »

Need to learn how you trained them My cats ignore the squirrels.....as well as the raccoons.... possums...and almost everything else that’s not food related. Guess that’s what happens with “City” cats.


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No, I killed the squirrels with my 0.177 pellet rifle (GAMO). My neighbor has at least a half dozen cats and one or two are hunters. I see them lurking around. According to my neighbor they take down the occasional squirrel but my 5 dead squirrels were killed the old fashioned way.

Be careful about using rat poison, the rats tend to crawl up into hard to reach spaces to die, and continue to be pests long after they die. Dead squirrels smell bad too, fairly quickly.

While not all cats are hunters, I've seen them "play" with mice until they died. :o

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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2018, 11:55:44 am »

My local squirrels torment my cat by playing chicken.
They climb down a tree nearby and taunt the cat to try and catch them.
Total cat frustration.
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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2018, 01:54:10 pm »

Rats or some other desert critter have already gotten in and eaten the insulation off clients appliances in outdoor kitchen.

PVC pipe or conduit is likely the least expensive solution. I've had considerable experience with critters large and small eating, or at least tasting, all sorts of human-made improvements at the Sierra Foothills place, but so far they have left the PVC pipe alone. Do not use polyethylene tubing. Some flavors are very attractive to the beasts. Good luck. --Frank
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Re: Rats! Need an armored AC mains cable
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2018, 05:14:02 pm »

Yes, this is what I'm using for speaker hook up.

I still need to cover an IEC mains cable from outlet to amplifier and I'm trying to find a solution for that issue. The IEC plug eon't fit down 3/4" conduit and I can't seal the end to keep stuff out.

Also can't seem to find cable ends to build my own out of the MC cable.

This might work, unless the critters have a "rat tail " file  ;D

https://www.homedepot.com/p/AFC-Cable-Systems-12-2-x-250-ft-BX-AC-90-Solid-Cable-1404N42-AFC/205070960
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