Squirrels in the Walls!
Here's why you don't want to ignore rodents in any building. They gained access to the inside of the shop by climbing the support posts for the porch. Then the porch rafters gave them a comfortable place to rest while they attacked the fascia board. They gnawed the fascia to enlarge the opening under the rib of the 3-rib building panel on the roof. Once inside, they had the run of the place because there was no ceiling and the builder had left an open space at the top of the walls. They set up housekeeping in my shop, but they aren't housebroken at all. It seems they destroyed about half the insulation in the void between each pair of studs. Some of it they carried off, and the rest they shredded and compacted against the floor. They appear to have designated certain spaces as their bathroom. The insulation in those spaces is very odiferous. I didn't take any photos of the wiring, but some of the wires are stripped bare of insulation for about 6 inches to a foot at a time. They would leave both the black wire and the white wire bare, but leave the insulation between them. All the wire needed was a good twist to create a dead short. I'm stripping the whole thing down to the studs and starting over with fresh insulation and repairing wires as I go.
I've spent a lot of time denying access and repairing the damage. A little time spent earlier on access control would have saved a lot of time and money later.
“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain
Last edited by DonkeyHody; 09-23-2015 at 12:23 PM.
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