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Animal Friendly Mousetrap

Non-lethal pest control

Based on a Labs project | August 2013 | Find it here
Animal Friendly Mousetrap
Mice are really cute little creatures—except when they enter your home, where they can cause considerable damage and leave droppings that can jeopardize our health. This leaves us with no option: if there’s a mouse in the house, we’ve got to catch it and take it outside. Dead or alive!
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Component List
R1,R3,R5,R8 = 10kOhm
R2 = 150Ohm
R4,R6 = 1kOhm
R7,R9 = 3.3kOhm
C1 = 100nF
C2 = 10µF 50V, 2mm pitch
C3,C4 = 4700µF 50V, 10mm pitch
C5 = 220nF
L = solenoid (see text)
D1,D2,D3 = 1N4007
LED1 = IR ED, 940nm
LED2 = LED, red
T1 = OP803SL or PBY62IR phototransistor
T2 = TIP112
T3 = BC547C
T4 = BC557C
IC1 = PIC12F683-E/P, programmed, Elektor Store# 140011-41 [2]
S1 = pushbutton
S2 = miniature switch, 1 contact
K1,K2 = screw terminal block, 0.2”pitch
JP1,K3,K4,K5,K6 = 2-pin pinheader, 0.1” pitch
Battery holder for four batteries or cells
1 jumper
PCB # 140011-1 [2]

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