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#2055890 - 11/04/09 09:26 AM
Mouse hole repair in portable?
Finlander Offline
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What is the best way to repair a 2" round hole in the roof of my house? Not even a year old! mad

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#2055909 - 11/04/09 09:42 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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otter and Clam sell patch kits. Use their fabric with "sportsman's goop" (at menards, home depot etc) and it should be good to go. Take off the canvas and use bricks or something to sandwich the patch on while to goop dries. I had one chewed to swiss cheese a few years ago. It worked well.
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#2055915 - 11/04/09 09:49 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: toughguy]
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Tear Mender also works well. Menards and store like that and maybe your local hardware store offer it.

The otter kits work very well.

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#2055931 - 11/04/09 10:03 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: harvey lee]
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I used the Tear Mender off of Harvey's suggestion. Worked great. Bought it at tru value for $7.00. Scroll down a page or two on this forum and you'll see the "patching the porty" thread. Many great ideas and I'm sure most of them would get the job done. I would avoid the duct tape.

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#2055980 - 11/04/09 10:38 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: splakeshaker]
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I've used iron on patches with great success outside of being uglier that chit.
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#2056053 - 11/04/09 11:32 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Sonicrunch]
Finlander Offline
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Do the patches create drip spots?

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#2056068 - 11/04/09 11:39 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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I never cared for the glue stuff. Never seemed to work for me. Went down and got some really strong canvas thread at Benfranklin, and sew the patches on with my mother in laws sewing machine. Worked great, I now I don't have the patchs peeling off.

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#2056137 - 11/04/09 12:52 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Agronomist_at_IA]
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I used the iron on patches from a fabric store. They are denim and work great. I have had them on mine for a couple of years with no issues, and they don't look bad at all. Most ppl don't even realize they are there.
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#2056286 - 11/04/09 03:12 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: eyemaster]
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#2056318 - 11/04/09 03:42 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: splakeshaker]
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Sportsman goop.. Some old canvas from another fish house..Go to the fabric store..I have used this method on my previous portables and have saved material for this purpouse..
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#2056329 - 11/04/09 03:50 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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Originally Posted By: Finlander
What is the best way to repair a 2" round hole in the roof of my house? Not even a year old! mad

Catch the mouse, skin him, and use his hide to patch the hole. That ought to deter any future mice with the same idea. grin

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#2056340 - 11/04/09 04:04 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: blackdog1101]
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Love your ideas blackdog. Best be a huge mouse if its a larger hole. Maybe skin a rat.

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#2056468 - 11/04/09 05:58 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: harvey lee]
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Sportsman goop also works well on re-inforcing seams and preassure points on your fish house matterial..Waterproofing,and weather proofing.. I do this this on the outside/exterior of my portables.. Not on the inside.. I just press it with my fingers, or small pieces of cardboard..
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#2057083 - 11/05/09 09:10 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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Originally Posted By: Finlander
Do the patches create drip spots?
nope
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#2057095 - 11/05/09 09:21 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: blackdog1101]
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Originally Posted By: blackdog1101*
Originally Posted By: Finlander
What is the best way to repair a 2" round hole in the roof of my house? Not even a year old! mad

Catch the mouse, skin him, and use his hide to patch the hole. That ought to deter any future mice with the same idea. grin


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#2057148 - 11/05/09 10:00 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: jwhjr]
Finlander Offline
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I had my fish trap and my frabill in my permanent 8x8 and they found a way to get in, so I put some d-con in there and they managed to eat all of it and [PoorWordUsage] in the box!
So then I bought a mouse hotel where they check in but can't check out!
That worked good!
Gonna put frabric softener sheets from now on when storing my portables in my permanent. wink

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#2058301 - 11/06/09 11:53 AM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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I'm in the same boat. Pulled my (less than a yr old) portable down a couple weeks ago. I had it hanging vertically on the wall in my shed, full of moth balls. 3 mouse holes.

After reading the previous post and the high recommendations for the Tear Mender product I found some at my local ACE. I cut some material from an old backpack and used the Tear Mender to fix the pieces in place. The repairs aren't even noticable unless you focus on the area.

One thing of note though. My intent was to add my patch on the inside so as to keep the outside as clean looking as possible. The Tear Mender does not adhere to the laminate on the inside of my canvas (Frabil Trekker DLX). I ended up "sandwiching" the holes with a patch on the inside and another piece on the outside. Not sure how permanent it will be. Time will tell.
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#2058315 - 11/06/09 12:12 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: jdsmi]
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jdsmi, I have the same exact portable (Frabil Trekker DLX).
Thanx for the info everybody!
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#2058326 - 11/06/09 12:25 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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Also, Tear Mender is very runny and didn't set up real fast for me. Hear is what I found to work;

I would saturate the patches then place them on the canvas. To keep the from moving, I placed a piece of duct tape over them while they cured. After about an hour, things were cured enough to remove the duct tape. Any runs or drips came right off the inside of the canvas but you want to be a little careful on the outside.
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#2058328 - 11/06/09 12:25 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: Finlander]
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good old duk tape works in a pinch
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#2058444 - 11/06/09 03:42 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: mnguy152]
marshmallow Offline
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Sportsman goop also works well with pieces of Duct Tape as mentioned.. I've used this method on a few of my "ol" fishhouses..
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#2430906 - 12/11/10 05:35 PM
Re: Mouse hole repair in portable? [Re: marshmallow]
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We use the Black Hole Patch from www.justasign.com its a peel and stick no mess patch thats a fabric impregnated with vinyl high bond adhesive works great! have one on our clam portable for 3 seasons now The mouse skin is a great idea though
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