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Old 02-05-2014, 11:42 AM   #16
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Should I wrap some electrical tape around the chewed piece of romex before I sprayfoam? I'm almost tempted to cut open the wall in the cabinet to see if I find anything behind the wall, but I don't want to create unnecessary work for myself.
I know. The more you look the more you find that needs fixing.

I agree. That would be a good idea if no bare wires are showing. It doesn't look like it, can't really tell from pic, but if bare wires are showing, have an electrician look at it first. Just a suggestion.

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Old 02-05-2014, 11:56 AM   #17
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That semi-sweet/semi-nasty smell sorta sounds like dead mouse/rat ... Maybe whatever chewed that wire crawled up through the hole in your floor planks and croaked under the floor plate of your vanity, probably a 3 inch cavity there........ i would see if you can get the floor plate of the vanity out somehow , if possible without trashing the vanity. Certainly worth a look.
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Spray foam won't keep them out. Trust me.
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Old 02-05-2014, 08:45 PM   #19
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People use to stuff steel wool in holes like that because mice won't chew through. It's a big hole so maybe some metal flashing and steel wool. I think they make some pest proof spray foam. The regular stuff would be like candy to them. I was kind of thinking you might have a dead mouse under your vanity yesterday but your vanity is so impeccably clean I figured you would run screaming. The carcass will eventually stop smelling on its own. Yuk.
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That semi-sweet/semi-nasty smell sorta sounds like dead mouse/rat ... Maybe whatever chewed that wire crawled up through the hole in your floor planks and croaked under the floor plate of your vanity, probably a 3 inch cavity there........ i would see if you can get the floor plate of the vanity out somehow , if possible without trashing the vanity. Certainly worth a look.
I removed the toe kick from the vanity and found nothing...this smell seems like a mystery!
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I still go with bad piping or built over indian burial ground... See any ghost lately?
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I still go with bad piping or built over indian burial ground... See any ghost lately?
lol no ghosts. Do you suggest that I cut out the drywall in the vanity to take a look at the pipe?
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Spray foam won't keep them out. Trust me.

Good nesting for them. They used to use Styrofoam wall panels on the outside of house in the 70's found out that all little critters burrowed tunnels into it. Nice and warm in your walls during winter....
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lol no ghosts. Do you suggest that I cut out the drywall in the vanity to take a look at the pipe?
The smell is coming from some where. It might not necessarily be a drain it could be the vent that has no water but does carry sewer gas.
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lol no ghosts. Do you suggest that I cut out the drywall in the vanity to take a look at the pipe?
i would not cut a hole. i would take the whole thing out. shouldn't be that hard, mine wasn't.

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i would not cut a hole. i would take the whole thing out. shouldn't be that hard, mine wasn't.
By "take the whole thing out" do you mean the vanity? And see if the smell goes away?
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id still fix that hole with some metal and id be tempted to try this:
http://greatstuff.dow.com/products/pro/pestblock/
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id still fix that hole with some metal and id be tempted to try this: http://greatstuff.dow.com/products/pro/pestblock/
Would you use the spray foam in the wall too, or just under the house?
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Would you use the spray foam in the wall too, or just under the house?
not really in the wall, but I would cover the plumbing holes and make sure that was foamed too.
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not really in the wall, but I would cover the plumbing holes and make sure that was foamed too.
Ok, just so we are clear spray foam the plumbing openings under the house but don't spray foam the plumbing openings in the wall right? Just use a split flange to cover the hole in the wall for the drain pipe?
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