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StinkMaster update and official permission to kill

multiple sprinklers that have been clogged with soapy water on purpose for an experiment

The deer came back the night I installed the StinkMaster smelly sprinkler system, but they entered at a different spot, which might indicate a behavior of avoidance to the smell zone.

One obvious problem is the soapy water clogging up the sprinkler head. I tried switching to a hand held shower unit and it still clogged, but at a slower rate.

We got a call from the game warden yesterday and he gave us a 10 day kill permit. I'll save those details for tomorrow's post.

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The calcium ions in water react with soap to form a precipitate that is probably clogging up your sprayer.

It is probably better to just use a perfume solution if you want to continue this experiment.

But you might just end up with perfumed deer nibbling on your vegetables. :-)

Comment by Roland_Smith Fri Aug 12 04:22:04 2011
Good call! Our water does tend to be pretty hard, and I'll bet that is the exact cause of our clogging problem. Perfume it is...
Comment by anna Fri Aug 12 07:35:15 2011

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