I'm sure it's been asked but I gotta get my cat sets out tomorrow and I'm in a hurry and I was wondering what the pan tension should be set at. I'm usin duke 1 3/4, 4-coiled so I should wanna make sure its fully committed to get a good hold with a smaller trap. right??? Or do I want a hair trigger so it doesn't pull back when it feels the pan give a bit?? Any advice please! I found two sets of cat tracks today. One with paws the size of a chew can and the other about 1/2 that size.. mom and kitten?? thoughts on that? didn't think they were hangin together now...
I second that. AT LEAST two pounds. I want that animal fully commiting it's weight onto the pan. I want their leg buried in the trap. I also nightlatch, 1/16th of an inch of drop and full animal weight equals good catches. If you get a cat with it's whole weight on the pan, and it works the trap, the worst that happens is the trap slides down to it's foot. Catch it by a toe, there's nothing left to slide! Plus a not-commited animal isn't scared off by a trap NOT going off. That way there's always tomorrow night. A hair-trigger trap with a miss means no more visits from that animal.
Do you have any hammers laying around? Weigh them on a kitchen scale till you find one around 2lb, set trap with just the levers resting on something ( I use coffee cans ) then let just the weight of the hammer set the trap off.
The hammer I use is a mid size ball-peen, just under 2lb by a few ounces.