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After all, you light up my life!

I know you don’t think I am minding my own business when I chew on things. 

But I really am.

Rodents are God's creatures tooI really don’t understand how you can criticize me when you let the dog chew on everything in sight.  Sure, you might scold him, but in the end you will pet him on the head and scratch him under his chin. I just don't get it.

Nobody even wants to pet me on the head.  I know some of my hybridized cousins have “crossed over,” but that is another whole story.

And don’t get me started about the cat. 

The other night I saw what she did to the door jamb and the end of the couch.

I can see by the look on your face that you want to know how I know this?

Well, if I answered that, I would no longer be able to eat the dog’s left over’s, eat the cat’s left over’s or get into Jonnies candy hid in the shoe in the back of his closet.

Suffice it to say I have means---if you know what I mean by means.

Please keep in mind that I HAVE to chew on things.  If I don’t chew on things my teeth can actually grow to the point that I could not eat and I might die.  I really don’t think that Fido and Fur Ball are going to die if they stop chewing on things.  Life just plain isn't that fair.

Anyway, that is why the wiring in your attic looks the way it does.  And if you are going to provide me with something to chew on that gives me a slight buzz at the same time---I am going for it.

rodents like to chew on wiring

After all, you light up my life! 



Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

 

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Comment balloon 19 commentsCharles Buell • February 05 2012 11:16AM

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What a catching title it made me want to read more. You did a great job of writing this post. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) almost 7 years ago

Charlie,

I hope thats not Steve Smith's little nutty helper?

Posted by Brad Gotham (Granite Peak Inspection, Inc. ) almost 7 years ago

That's shocking!

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) almost 7 years ago

When we lived in May Valley we were in a rural area. Those little critters were always a challenge. Fun read. Did you find that little skull in the attic?

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 7 years ago

Pat thanks---always fun pretending to be a rat :)

Brad the resemblance is uncanny

Curtis---it would seem so

Rene, actually the skull picture was from a crawl space

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Charles, Nobody loves rats, especially those chewing the wires. 

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) almost 7 years ago

While no likes rats, you have to admire their ability to adapt and survive... just like roaches, termites....

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Marge, there are an enormous number of pet rats in this country though :)

Jim, for sure---incredibly durable species

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Hi Charles,

RATS, I really don't like to even see evidence of them let alone see one at a home I get to inspect. It's been a long time since I have seen a wire chewed like the on in the shot.

Good find my friend in Seattle.

Best, Clint Mckie 

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) almost 7 years ago

Yikes, what wire was that?

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) almost 7 years ago

Chahhlie, that wire looks like it was stripped with a knife... Rodents have such an amazing ability to get into places we would never think they could sqeeze through. It's hard to keep them out, too bad the cat/dog didn't  find it...

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) almost 7 years ago

Clint, there were at least  10 other locations in this attic where the wiring had been damaged---not quite as bad as this one though

Reuben, 14-2wg to a light fixture.  I am thinking the rat probably stripped the wire when the light was off :)

Peg---pretty good job wasn't it?

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

I believe that there is called "cause and effect."  That little guy had his life lit up! 

And I don't have a problem petting you on the head.  It's the least I could do for my first internet date.  Julie won't mind...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

And you've just given me another great reason to keep reading your posts!!! I felt like I was reading something from a playwright. LOL, I LOVE IT.

Posted by Joe Colón, Jr. (Jenny L Colón, PC) almost 7 years ago

Jay, and scratch under my chin too? :)

Joe, thanks---glad you enjoyed it :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Only if your leg twitches when I do it...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Charles -- a great way to keep people's interest, while providing a valuable lesson that we all need to be aware of.  I would agree that he probably was chewing while the light was off, or you might have found him there as well as the one you found in the crawl space.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) almost 7 years ago

Jay, can I bring in the paper? I promise to not slobber all over this time.

Steven, that is my thought as well---it is hard to imagine how they could strip the ground and hot without getting a tingle.

 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Ha!  I delivered the morning paper, Washington Post, for over 10 years!  There was one house on one of my routes where this really mean dog would stay on the front porch.  He never left the yard, fortunately, because he would have torn me to shreds.  But I would throw the paper from as far away as I could and land it right beside him.  He would rip it into pieces!  It was very funny.  He did this time after time.  For some reason it took the people a while to realize it was him doing this, and they brought him inside.  He would wait for me every morning at the front bay window, eye level, just to watch me walk by and growl.  I would slowly shake the paper in his face and it really enraged him!  I thought, if he ever gets out, I am a dead boy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

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