Getting toward that time of year, I guess…

Some things get bagged up and taken to mouseproof storage. Some bags get taken out of mouseproof storage…

I assume all those people with those trendy ‘tiny houses‘ also have big storage units somewhere, because suburban closets are bigger than those things.

For your tiny house in the desert, you need something rodents can’t chew through. And you need to get into it every now and then, close the door, and make sure no light can enter through any cracks. I swear a mouse can enter any opening large enough to admit a photon.

Doesn’t have to be fancy. Doesn’t have to be big. Doesn’t have to be expensive…


…but it absolutely must keep seasonal stuff rodent-free or it’s of no use at all. This cast-off has worked for me for going on seven years – as long as I remembered to close the door all the way.

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7 Responses to Getting toward that time of year, I guess…

  1. Terrapod says:

    Might be rodent proof but not dust proof from that photo. Need to find a nice surplus radio truck shelter, Those suckers had seals and spring wedges to make the entire box conductive (rf shielded) and completely waterproof and dust proof. .

  2. Mike says:

    That looks like a nice little setup you have there Joel. You have a good point about tiny homes and storage. Looking at tiny homes, the one thing that keeps coming to mind is that you almost have to go outside just to change your mind.

  3. anonymous says:

    Some further data is needed. Its construction method and / or building manufacturer would be helpful. I have a distant property that requires I haul materials and tools back and forth. A long term vault would be helpful in this regard.

    Two legged vandals are another matter but I’m after a rodent proof cache. :^) Thanks in advance for any help rendered.

  4. Terrapod says:

    I can also suggest used ISO (10X8) containers or 20′ containers as good for storage. Cost of hauling and dropping it on a gravel leveled spot on your land is the real issue. both have heavy duty locking hardware but the 2 legged varmints are very creative, so no guarantees.

  5. Joel says:

    jrguerra: It’s nothing but a little tin garden shed somebody wanted me to haul off. All big openings have been blocked with hardware cloth and all the cracks between panels have been sealed with expanding foam and sometimes a judicious use of steel wool. That’s all it takes; you don’t need armor plate to keep rodents out.

    Terrapod: Those 20′ containers are very popular around here for storage and also for people who only come to visit and aren’t actively building. Getting one to the ridge above the Lair would be very simple, though of course also very expensive; getting one down to the Lair itself would probably be judged impossible.

  6. anonymous says:

    Thank you sir, that is enough to go on. Much obliged for the follow-up information on the edge treatments needed. I once saw a mouse crawl through 1/4″ grid hardware cloth, but it was just a single layer covering the A/C diffuser opening. Wow !

  7. Zelda says:

    Second hand stores and junk stores can be a source of good sized round metal containers that popcorn and candy are sold in at holiday time. Lids are tight fitting. They can store food or clothing or ammo or tools or….they usually sell for less than a dollar, like 50 cents each, cheap and rodent/vermin proof. If you don’t like the decorations on them you can paint them.

To the stake with the heretic!