I had a friend who told a story about doing this,
maybe 25 years ago. He actually told it as a third
person story but his wife could barely hold the
giggles in when he claimed that, so...
Anyway, he took his acetylene torch and stuffed it
into the gopher hole and let the gases flow a while.
While doing this he got to thinking, and sure enough,
decided to just light the tunnels off. So he turned
off the gas, struck a match and dropped it into the
hole and quickly stepped over the opening.
Singed all the hair up his leg and chest along with
the gophers. A quick burn with no real damage to him
or his clothes, but a really bad smell...
The gophers never returned.
The neighbors blamed their broken swimming pool on an
unreported earthquake. Sometimes earthquake country
has it's advantages. Buddy never said otherwise..
He had another story about "a buddy" blasting a
boulder under the house while digging a basement shop,
while his wife was upstairs making dinner...
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