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Author:  nhcruffler [ 12 Aug 2009, 06:47 ]
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I posted a wanted add in the local paper for live traps and " any other traps" . I also happened to mention that I do Wildlife Animal control. So far I have gotten one call. This guy had an old Bailey Beaver live trap ( like a suitcase) and sold it to me for $60.00. I am sure it will come in handy sooner or latter. The trap is in good condition but the cables are cut. I have never seen one of these and really do not know what to do with the cables. I figure they go from the ( trigger spring) to the dogs. Does anyone have a decent pic of how it is supposed to look? Thanks, nh

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 12 Aug 2009, 07:28 ]
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I don't have any idea of the working parts of such a trap, but I think you made a steal on that deal! You will find your information soon and have it working and then when you use it take some pictures. You might check with gov't agencies that have had or still may have beaver study programs going on. Seems they always had access to these type traps. Good Luck.

Author:  nhcruffler [ 12 Aug 2009, 07:56 ]
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Thanks SR. I am kinda proud of that transaction. In my area I am sure I will employ this trap many times. I already know of a guy that wants a beaver for his pond! Go figure. Heck if I ever want to get rid of it I am sure I can double my money by selling it as a decoration. I am sure someone will pip up and tell me how to properly set this thing. Did I mention that it is BIG. I did not measure but I would say around 40 x 40. and it does go "SNAP" when yo let it go.nh

Author:  Nelson [ 12 Aug 2009, 08:14 ]
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I just googled bailey beaver trap and came up with several pictures of it set as well as some stuff on mods.

Author:  nhcruffler [ 12 Aug 2009, 09:00 ]
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I saw the same thing. I just could not find a decent pic what I am supposed to do with the wires. I believe they go from the V- shaped spring to the dog, just above the ring. I will keep searching and hopefully can find some more info & better pics. Is Baileys still in business? NH

Author:  peace keeper [ 12 Aug 2009, 09:04 ]
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forget the lawn ornament if you ever want to double your money let me know $360.00 new price

Author:  nhcruffler [ 12 Aug 2009, 09:11 ]
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I will keep you in mind peace keeper. Just do me a favor and don't hold your breath. The guy I got it from said he bought it thirty years ago for $50 and it sat in his garage the whole time. So the moral of this story is that it never hurts to place an add in the local paper. There must be thousands of traps out there sitting in peoples garages. You may just find a treasure yourself. Now how do I die this monster :) nh

Author:  Swamp Rat [ 12 Aug 2009, 10:06 ]
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nhcruffler wrote:
I will keep you in mind peace keeper. Just do me a favor and don't hold your breath. The guy I got it from said he bought it thirty years ago for $50 and it sat in his garage the whole time. So the moral of this story is that it never hurts to place an add in the local paper. There must be thousands of traps out there sitting in peoples garages. You may just find a treasure yourself. Now how do I die this monster :) nh


I think I would just get the loose rust off and not worry about dying it until I had it repaired the way I wanted it....that way you wouldn't have to deal with the dye while handling it.

Author:  BigMoo3 [ 12 Aug 2009, 15:38 ]
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instead of dying it maybe spray paint it. there are many threads on that.

Author:  peace keeper [ 12 Aug 2009, 17:44 ]
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hey nh try pming lonegunmen with his contacts he might be able to get you a diagram and spair parts.

Author:  peace keeper [ 12 Aug 2009, 17:47 ]
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also if you get that thing up and running dont get rid of it there will come a time when you need it my competitor has a couple and he charges 800.00 to drop the trap and 175.00 to relocate you may not be using it alot but it will be a money maker when you do

Author:  nhcruffler [ 13 Aug 2009, 07:37 ]
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Thanks for the advice.I doubt I will be getting ride of it any time soon. ( I tend to hang on to things) Painting it is a good option. I would make sure to use a good epoxy paint. I tried Krylon on some Conis and it did not hold up well. I have some olive drab that I got from Brownells ( used to finnish my custom 35 whelen) that should hold up pretty good. I will definitly pm lonegunmen and see if he can help me out. Peace Keeper, I live in an area ( around Dartmouth College) that is very popular with "affluent retirees". I bet I can find one that will pay that kind of money ( with out blinking) for a relocated beaver. I know that would make my day :) NH

Author:  peace keeper [ 13 Aug 2009, 14:17 ]
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nh you might try stove black comes in a spray can and once its on very hard to get off (local hardware store)

Author:  nhcruffler [ 14 Aug 2009, 08:12 ]
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I will check out the stove black but was thinking that it had to be baked / heated to cure. nh

Author:  nhcruffler [ 18 Aug 2009, 06:17 ]
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Well I finally got it figured out. Along with the cables being cut I now realize that the trap is missing the two wire loops that the hold the dogs. The cables run from the trigger spring to these wire loops. It was in a pic on the internet but it took me a bit to figure out what I was looking at. I will bend some wire loops up and crimp some cable and I will be in business. Thanks for the help. NH

Author:  peace keeper [ 18 Aug 2009, 16:24 ]
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well nh looks like you got a realy good deal after all. very cool and good luck on the trappin

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