He Got Away. I Didn't Catch Him ...But I Know Where He Lives !

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He Got Away. I Didn't Catch Him ...But I Know Where He Lives !

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Who do you think has moved in here, Some furry, nut-gathering denizen of the surrounding boreal forest?  No doubt you can picture some cute little anthropomorphized creature that could be friends of Thumper and company.

You may, even realistically, see an enterprising squirrel moving to that sweet (suite) little condo, but no, that’s not the miscreant here.

No this architectural folly detail is being squatted by a much bigger brute. This guy saw me coming and lit out for the hills. He knows I don’t care for him and his kind for all the damage they do to our homes and property.

He’s not going to like the new owners’ big golden Labrador either. He’s going to get a run for it, literally.

 He’s a raccoon.  And he’s a big guy.  You wouldn’t think he could squeeze through that small hole but he can. Of course he’s renovating to suit his needs. You can see where he’s started on the door and he has plans for extensive interior renovations as well. Cause he’ll raise a family.

Some kindly observer will say, “Oh live and let live, he’s not hurting anything.”

But is that true?

Well look closer.  Do you see the square wire mesh covering the other opening?

 That’s not there by chance and not put up there to be a meany and deny the birds a habitat that was built for them.  That’s because it wasn’t built for them.  Nope.

This architectural detail was made for another function. This building is a large post and beam structure with cathedral ceilings so there is no attic to speak of.  Just a small air space at the peak above the collar ties that has to be vented.

 So this little folly at the peak has a purpose. The architect made it decorative in keeping with the rustic style of the house. But it was not built to be a home for birds. It just looks like one.

 So if it’s not for the birds it’s definitely not for raccoons. Especially DIY guys like this one who will break into the collar ties space and be renting out rafter bays to all and sundry.

So unless you want racoons in your ceiling, "No Racoons Allowed."

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Racoon? Never would have guessed that. Hope the owners can prevent there return Robert.

Jun 22, 2011 04:35 PM #1
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Stephanie Leon | Miami Lakes RealtorĀ®
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Racoons you say... Wow...never would of thought...

Jun 22, 2011 04:38 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Rodney Mason
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Its amazing how many ways animals can find their way into homes.

Jun 22, 2011 04:42 PM #3
Rainer
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Yeah Tom and hi Stephanie. I saw hin emerge through that hole. I would have expected a squirrel by the size.

Yes Rodney, anything that is good shelter for us is good for them, except we're there.

Jun 22, 2011 04:59 PM #4
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Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
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Good evening Robert, I was not aware of the purpose of the building detail.  Thanks for sharing the input!

The only thing worse than a Raccoon is a Porcupine. 

Jun 22, 2011 05:25 PM #5
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Robert,

That is a good one. Pretty good sized hole they have going there. I can only imagine what is going on in the attic space.

Jun 23, 2011 02:03 AM #6
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Robert,

I inspected a house once where raccoons were living under the eaves. They had torn roofing off for their nest.

Jun 23, 2011 02:27 AM #7
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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Racoons can be very bold animals, but they are surprisingly clever too. They will find somewhere else to go if you make it difficult for them. They seem to be able to weigh the pros and cons and make informed decisions. They would make excellent clients.

Jun 23, 2011 03:57 AM #8
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Hi Dan. You have to look at every thing. Sometimes it's decorative, but like this one, it may have a purpose.

That's the thing Don. The sellers knew he was up there but were not aware that he could get inside above their ceiling.

Steve, if only they were smart enough to not foul our nests.

Well Malcolm, the golden lab will be keeping them off the ground but they are nocturnal and stubborn.

Jun 23, 2011 04:05 AM #9
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Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
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My father in law was an architect and used to build these under the eaves.  But racoons are not at all what I would expect to find there.  Interesting post.

Jun 23, 2011 04:16 AM #10
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

No I would have expected squrrils but they are not strong enough to pull off the mesh. I think this guy stated as a youngster and grew into the space. Now he has to renovate the door way.

Jun 23, 2011 07:24 AM #11
Rainer
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San Diego, CA

Well if I owned that place, the raccoon would get to stay, and I’d tell him to invite all his friends, too! JJJJ

Have a nice day

Jun 23, 2011 10:02 PM #12
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Well if you did that you'd be allowing the ensuing property damage to lower the value of the house.

It would be better to put shelters for wildlife on your property that are distinct from your home or made of materials that keep the critters to their areas and out of your house framing.

Jun 24, 2011 04:27 AM #13
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Funny thing about raccoons is there even louder than squirrels as they make the necessary home improvements (I speak from experience in my own home).  Hard to miss the thump thump thump of the sawsall, the whirr of the circular saw, and the pounding of hammers day and night (mostly night).

Jun 24, 2011 07:32 AM #14
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Yes Jack they are nocturnal creatures. They do go bump in the night.

Jun 25, 2011 02:17 AM #15
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