Re: [OM] IMG: Squirrels Crave Aluminum

Subject: Re: [OM] IMG: Squirrels Crave Aluminum
From: Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 7 Jun 2020 19:44:12 -0500
Moose, our fiber optic system is overhead, on power/telephone poles.  Squirrels chewed up a section behind my house while resting in tree tops.  And, if a 3-wire power feed passes through small tree branches, the aluminum neutral is attacked by the fuzzy-tailed rodents while resting on the branches.  I've had two power feeds replaced.

Fiber splicing takes a lot of time and money.

On 6/7/20 6:49 PM, Moose wrote:
On 6/7/2020 1:42 PM, Jim Nichols wrote:
Squirrels cause more damage to power distribution lines than any other single cause.  But, my pole-to-house service line is not the only thing that gets chewed up.  My 50-yr old Sears chain link fence and gate have also been attacked over the years. Apparently, squirrels crave aluminum.  The fence wire is tied to the top rail with a fairly stiff aluminum tie.  This close-up photo shows the results of numerous squirrel teeth working on the aluminum.


Or are they just agents of chaos, and the aluminum is the only metal soft enough for them to chew? (That fence must go down, keep at it!)

Al Speculation Moose

Jim Nichols
Tullahoma, TN USA

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