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Comstock trap rehab #7714171
11/10/22 05:08 PM
11/10/22 05:08 PM
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We have a bunch of old Gen 1 9x11 cages. They've had hundreds of animals through them, and look like it, lol. But they're still in pretty good condition. I'd like to give them a little love. Is there anything I should be looking at doing besides a pressurewash, a spray paint job, and new triggers?

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7714944
11/11/22 12:45 PM
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Jim or Judy should come along with some real advice, but I think after you do all that, I'd wax the bars where they meet to power down the doors and shut.

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7715185
11/11/22 06:56 PM
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Yeah, I figured Jim would stop in eventually, lol.


Iíve seen him waxing the trigger with chapstick, which is probably a worthwhile thing also.

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7715360
11/11/22 09:58 PM
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I stash crayons in my equipment so I always have one. Pink and purple are the best colors, but brown and black work in a pinch. Ok, i just take the broken ones from my boys crayon basket. Color really doesn't matter.

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7715878
11/12/22 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by EatenByLimestone
Yeah, I figured Jim would stop in eventually, lol.


Iíve seen him waxing the trigger with chapstick, which is probably a worthwhile thing also.

that sounds even better; chapstick, vaseline, etc.

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: loosanarrow] #7717083
11/13/22 10:36 PM
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Originally Posted by loosanarrow
I stash crayons in my equipment so I always have one. Pink and purple are the best colors, but brown and black work in a pinch. Ok, i just take the broken ones from my boys crayon basket. Color really doesn't matter.

See, I personally think the blue ones taste the best. lol

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: John04] #7717411
11/14/22 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by John04
Originally Posted by loosanarrow
I stash crayons in my equipment so I always have one. Pink and purple are the best colors, but brown and black work in a pinch. Ok, i just take the broken ones from my boys crayon basket. Color really doesn't matter.

See, I personally think the blue ones taste the best. lol


The blue ones dipped in glue are wonderful. 1 million kindergartners can't be wrong.

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7717735
11/14/22 07:42 PM
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That can make them too sensitive if you are going to set the trap on end or on its side..

Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7719659
11/17/22 03:22 AM
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I go over all of my cages every year.
I buy mine powder coated black so they hold up and look good longer.

I do not pressure wash unless really needed. It seems to be hard on the powder coat. I let mine soak in a tub of soapy water then us a brush to get the remaining crud. Very easy. Rinse well and let dry. Touch up with paint as needed.

I converted all of my early models to the new style trigger system with the spring wires. Jim sells a kit. Remove the old trigger wires. A bar with the spring holders mounts on the original bar. Jim supplies hog links. I drilled holes to attach mine. For hardware I used #8 or #10 stainless hex head bolts, washers, and nylon insert lock nuts to fasten mine.

I love the spring wire triggers compared to the old style. Big improvement!


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Re: Comstock trap rehab [Re: EatenByLimestone] #7719812
11/17/22 08:45 AM
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Pressure washing and some rustoleum gloss paint where needed is all I do. Like footholds and conibears, they just need a little care to keep them working for years.

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