• Make a non-lethal mousetrap

    YouTuber Chris Notap makes a non-lethal, easy to adjust mousetrap.
    Image credit: Chris Notap
    Date:10 April 2017 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, ,

    Do you have a mouse in your house? Well, this non-lethal mousetrap will help you get rid of those pesky critters without harming them, your constitution or your budget.

    And it’s pretty simple to put together.

    YouTuber and recreational trapper, Chris Notap shows us how this handy and easily adjustable mousetrap can be put together with minimal effort. In the video Chris also shows how to can easily add bait to this trap. Check out his video above.

    If you’re interested in making the mousetrap yourself, check out the materials list and instructions below.

    What you’ll need for the mousetrap:

    – A piece of wood, approx 90 millimetres wide and 360 millimetres long;
    – one piece of ABS (thick black plastic) pipe, approx 4o millimetres in diameter and 290 millimetres in length;
    – an ABS end cap with a diameter of 50 millimetres;
    – a cap with a diameter of 40 millimetres;
    – 6x paperclips with a 5 millimetre wire thickness;
    – 9x small (no. 6) screws;
    – 6x small (no. 6) washers;
    – a hinge of approx 25 x 13 millimetres; and
    – a pen, you’ll only be using the outer tube.

    Putting together the mousetrap:

    Step 1: Take the black plastic pipe and cut 25 millimetres off the end.

    Step 2: Measure 32 millimetres on the side of the small piece and cut it out with a hack saw. Smooth the edges a little with sandpaper.

    Step 3: Pull the unit that holds the pen’s point and ink out of the plastic outer. Now cut the tube at 82 millimetres. Smooth the edges a little with sandpaper.

    Step 4: Stick the pen onto the small piece of plastic pipe – on the opposite side of the 32 millimetre opening. Make sure it’s exactly in the middle.

    Step 5: Drill a third hole on one side of the hinge between the two existing holes – in the same size. Smooth the edges.

    Step 6: Place the long left-ver piece of black plastic pipe on to the 50 millimetre end cap. Make sure it is flush on one side.

    Step 7: Now place the hinge on the opposite side of the pipe (the side that isn’t flush) with the part of the hinge that as three holes against the pipe and the other part against the cap. Mark where the holes line up and drill holes. Two holes in the cap and one in the pipe.

    Step 8: Screw the hinge into the pipe and cap, making sure the cap closes flush.

    Step 9: Measure 146 millimetres from the rear of the pipe (opposite of the cap) and make a mark. Now snap the small piece of plastic pipe with the pen glued on it onto the long pipe. Make sure the mark aligns to its centre.

    Step 10: Now put the 40 millimetre cap on to the rear of the pipe.

    This removable part makes it easy to add bait.

    Step 11: Take the piece of wood and place the tube on the wood with the pen at the bottom and the cap without the hinge almost flush with one side of the wood. Now mark all either side of the pen tube, on your side and the other side of the pipe. (Left, right, top and bottom. Totalling in four marks.)

    Step 12: With pliers, bend the middle of four paperclips, making sure the bend is 90-degrees.

    Step 13: Place the four paperclips on the four marks made in Step 11 and screw them down with the washers added to the screws.

    When you now put the pipe on to the piece of wood the pipe should move like a seesaw.

    Step 14: Bend the end of one paperclip and place it against the “door” of the tube. Now pull it back slightly. Screw it in place.

    When you push the other side of the tube down, the side with the door should move up freely.

    Step 15: Bend the last paperclip open at a 90-degree angle. With the longer part of the paperclip facing up, place it on the wood on the side of the door. Using a washer, screw the paperclip in place.

    The very edge of the door should rest on the paperclip when the pipe is tilted, but when weight is applied to the opposite side the door should shut easily.


    Video credit: Chris Notap

    Source: Popular Mechanics USA