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liquidvw 05-17-2010 09:15 AM

mouse chewed through AC fan wire
 
I was cleaning my exterior AC unit this weekend and noticed that a mouse chewed the purple wire that goes to the fan in the AC unit. I figured I could just cut the wire two and splice it back together with a wire nut. That doesn't seem to be the case as the wire is only 18 gauge stranded but the insulation is really thick so I can't put a nut on there. My other issue is that the splice won't be in a box.

Any ideas on the best way to fix this? A new fan is over $200 so I'd rather not go that route.

Thanks.

Dave Carney 05-17-2010 11:30 AM

Similar thing happened to my brother, his dog chewed through the wires....we fixed it with those crimp on wire connectors that have gel sealant built into the connector. Makes a nice, permanent, water proof repair. You can get them at your local big box home improvement store.

Yoyizit 05-17-2010 12:42 PM

Or solder, with heat shrink tubing.

ews 05-17-2010 02:12 PM

Time to set down some mice traps. Make sure ya' put some cheddar cheese in the middle.:wink:

Yoyizit 05-17-2010 02:17 PM

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Originally Posted by ews (Post 443044)
Time to set down some mice traps. Make sure ya' put some cheddar cheese in the middle.:wink:

I use peanut butter and I set the trap with a hair trigger.

One trap on a shelf over my workbench disappeared.
A week later I'm on a job and when I open my toolbag, here is the trap with a dead, stiff mouse in it.

Sparky8370 05-17-2010 02:47 PM

I have found that people who use poison instead of traps have this problem. For some reason they think they will get water by chewing the wires.

yuri 05-17-2010 03:06 PM

Get a BIG ole cat. Will eat the rodents and scares away the wire chewin dogs.:thumbsup: Or call "Billy the Exterminator", was watchin his shows on A@E, nothin he won't go after! :no: Trapped a Bobcat, BIG teeth on that cat.

liquidvw 05-17-2010 03:36 PM

O but I got the mouse. I closed up the AC unit and went back in later that day. Sure enough the mouse was sitting there. I had an empty garbage can near by so I flipped him in there. My mouse problem is fixed... At least until the next one moves in.

DangerMouse 05-17-2010 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 443047)
I use peanut butter and I set the trap with a hair trigger.

One trap on a shelf over my workbench disappeared.
A week later I'm on a job and when I open my toolbag, here is the trap with a dead, stiff mouse in it.

I set traps in my workshop outside and they'd disappear occasionally too.... I took to adding a chain to them and screwed the chain to the walls....
Worked fine until MouseZilla moved in and broke the trap and chain right off the wall! I STILL can't find the trap/chain/mousezilla..... (chipmunk? raccoon? LOL)

DM

liquidvw 06-02-2010 11:21 AM

I followed these instructions to make a western union splice. I then wrapped the splice with exterior rated electrical tape. Then wrapped that with some good electrical tape.

NitroNate 06-02-2010 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 442990)
Or solder, with heat shrink tubing.

seconded. solder paste and a butane torch with some heat shrink tubing will make quick work of it.

beenthere 06-02-2010 11:51 AM

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Originally Posted by liquidvw (Post 450147)
I followed these instructions to make a western union splice. I then wrapped the splice with exterior rated electrical tape. Then wrapped that with some good electrical tape.

Wrong type of splice.
Can become a loose splice from expansion and contraction in just a few years. And burn up your motor.

liquidvw 06-02-2010 12:58 PM

I did the WU splice and followed it up with solder. Hopefully that will stay together.

Yoyizit 06-02-2010 01:24 PM

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Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 450160)
Wrong type of splice.
Can become a loose splice from expansion and contraction in just a few years. And burn up your motor.

Anything written in 1926 can't be wrong :laughing:

liquidvw 06-02-2010 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Yoyizit (Post 450195)
Anything written in 1926 can't be wrong :laughing:


And how has the western union spliced changed?


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