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General Tips for Setting the Comstock Cage Traps
Though the traps will perform in any position, when placed right side up, upside down, sideways or vertically on land, in water or under water, is easiest to set the trap on a level surface. Placed on the level the components line up and stay in line for quick setting. Once the trap is set, it is stable enough to be screwed onto a wall or hung up in any manner or angle without fear of firing.
Tips for Setting the 9 x 11 and 12 x 12 Comstock Cage Traps
For even lighter setting, a small amount of vaseline on the contact points will allow the trigger to be rotated with very little pressure.
Tips for Setting the 12 x 18 Beaver Cage Trap
Like the smaller Comstock 9×11 and 12×12 Cage Traps, these traps also have the option to add or subtract pressure from the trigger. In this case the opposite is true for lighter and heavier settings. Since this trap in engineered with a trigger that has a “dog” bar supported at each end, from which the door hook will hang, for the lightest pressure to fire the trap, the door hook should be placed as far from center as possible. Where there is current in a stream and more pressure is required for stability, the hook can be moved up against the trip rod to add pressure to the trigger. Again, usually the lightest setting is preferred. Understand too that water adds lubricity to the trigger. If you move the trigger after the trap is under water you will notice it moves even easier. You can put a small amount of lubricant on the contact point of the swing bar post and U tab on the trip rod, just be careful no to make the triggering too light.