Cleaning Traps

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Cleaning Traps

Postby Greenedog » Dec Wed 05, 2012 6:34 pm

I haven't trapped since I was a kid, but with all the cool trapping threads on here last year, it really got me to thinking about it again. I went up to Mom and Dad's to see if any of our old traps were still there. The conibears were gone (and that's what I really enjoyed doing; trapping rats), but I did find a pile of leg holds. Unfortunately, they had fallen on the floor at sometime through the years and were pretty much just a pile of rust.
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I banged them together to get the big rust chunks off and then put them in a plastic tub. I poured in a gallon of vinegar and enough water to submerge them. I let them soak for 2 days and then hit them with the power washer this evening...
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Not bad for a pile of traps that had been setting on the floor of a chicken coop/dog park for the past 30 years!
Still not sure if they're usable; the springs might be shot, but I figure after a good dye & wax, they'd at least be worth some $$ as "cabin decor" on ebay. ;)
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Re: Cleaning Traps

Postby Gillgetter22 » Dec Wed 05, 2012 7:17 pm

how much would you want for those greenedog?
If i could fish 365 days a year, i would!
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Re: Cleaning Traps

Postby Flat Bob » Dec Wed 05, 2012 8:34 pm

That's a helluva difference!!! Didn't know vinegar would do that.
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Re: Cleaning Traps

Postby shovelholdsdirt » Dec Wed 05, 2012 10:31 pm

Wow, nice work and good tip. I hear rats are up this year. Talked to a guy on the river and he told me they were going for $13...... :dunno though.
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Re: Cleaning Traps

Postby Charlie » Dec Thu 20, 2012 2:10 am

Dye ? Take a 5ga metal bucket boil then in it with walnut hulls, or sumack berries. Will turn them black with walnut hulls. And deep blue with sumach berrys
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