As the spring thaw comes, homeowners who enjoy fishing start thinking about new ways to enhance their homes for this new season. Most of these chores are common tasks like decluttering and cleaning. One chore which isn’t on many homeowners’ lists, but should be, is installing bass trap DIYs in the basement.
There are many surprising facts about bass trap diy that you may not know. We’ll uncover them in the following sections of this blog post!
How do you make a homemade bass trap?
If you’re thinking about installing a homemade bass trap in your basement, you should know that it doesn’t need to be difficult or time consuming. You can use pvc, exterior siding scraps or cardboard rolls. It just needs to serve its purpose – catching bass when they swim through the drain pipes in your basement.
DIY bass traps work when empty fish containers are placed strategically in the drain lines of a basement.
Drainage systems can be more effective than a DIY bass trap if properly installed and maintained by a licensed contractor.
How do you use a bass trap?
The process of installing a DIY bass trap can be quite simple. The most common items used are pvc pipe, scrap siding, or some wooden planks. This allows you to make homemade bass traps in multiple sizes and configurations – depending on the size of your drains and the depth of the drain lines in your basement. You’ll want to build the trap so that it’s deep enough that fish can’t escape, but not so deep that it prevents water from draining through the pipes. Some manufacturers sell kits specifically designed for this purpose, but you can also purchase everything you need to build your own at your local hardware store. You’ll also need to install a grate over the drain lines.
The cost of bass traps can be even cheaper than using pvc and other common items: you can score FREE siding at your local dump! It may take a little while to collect enough, but it’s well worth saving money, and keeping your basement dry and safe from pests!
What are some tips for making your own bass trap?
There are many ways to create homemade bass traps. One way is to use common objects you have laying around the house. Another way is to use items specifically designed for this purpose. The most effective bass traps use a combination of both.
Cardboard tubes or cardboard rolls, such as those used for paper towels, can be placed over the drain lines of your basement. The tubes can be taped on to prevent them from falling off of the drain lines. They should be big enough that water will flow through them, but not so big that it blocks the entire pipe and prevents water flow. You can also fill them with straw and other items for better effectiveness.
A PVC pipe can be used as a DIY bass trap by simply placing it over the drain pipe. The pipe should be big enough that you can slide your hand into it, but not so big that the pipe and the end of the PVC will block water flow to and from drain lines. You can route around your cords and pipes with this route, but it may not look as nice as a more decorative plumber’s choice.
Bass traps such as those made from pvc pipe work best if they are placed in strategic locations near your plumbing or electrical lines. You can create them in many shapes and sizes depending on what you have at home. The small models can be placed in corners. Or, you can build larger traps to catch large bass that swim through the pipes. All you need is some creativity and some simple items for your DIY bass trap.
The Basics- A DIY Bass Trap
I will show you how to build a bass trap at approximately .75 x 1 x 6 inches approximately .75 inch hole in my PVC pipe to allow me to fit my hand through easily when I put it over the drainpipe.. What I did was cut one pipe (about 5 inches ) in half with a hacksaw and I used it like a handle when I attached the plastic tube arm to it with tape. I would then fish the pipe through the hole and attach the plastic pipe arm to it just like you would a toilet paper holder and then I would fish another pipe (1/2 inch) through the arm and attach it to the PVC Pipe with tape. The final step is to add some pieces of scrap wood so that your electrical box doesn’t rub on it. I used some pieces of scrap wood I found in my basement around my lamp to keep my cord from pulling out of where it needs to be attached. The PVC pipe is not attached to the wall, but I placed it in the same area as my lamp so that it hides my electrical box. The trick is to make sure you put your electrical cord in the same place every time so you know where to place your bass trap. I place mine right above my desk.
In this photo I have a piece of wood with a line of tape down it’s center so I can keep from losing track of where I need to put my bass trap.
I am writing this post because the house we recently purchased had some water damage on some walls and floors due to a blockage in the main drain line going into the furnace room . The water has dried up and there is no longer a problem with mold or smells from the basement. However, when we use the furnace in the winter, there is a large amount of reverberation from the furnace which rebounds off of these walls and floors. It made it very hard to hear the television and even to have a normal conversation in the house.
How much does it cost to build a bass trap?
There are a lot of options when building a DIY bass trap. The main thing is to make sure the trap is large enough to catch all of the bass in your basement, while keeping water from draining through the pipes. For this reason, some companies sell bass trap kits designed specifically for this purpose. Because a DIY bass trap is a simple solution for catching fish from your drains, you can use any materials you have on hand. Plywood and scrap siding can be used to build custom-sized traps that fit over drain lines in the basement. If you don’t have enough scrap siding or plywood, you can find these items at your local hardware store. Just be sure that the materials used aren’t toxic, and that they’re old enough that they won’t harm your fish
What kind of bass trap should I build?
Many companies sell pre-made bass traps. They are much more effective for blocking noise than homemade bass traps, but they are also more expensive. However, there are many options when it comes to building a DIY bass trap using household materials. You can even customize your DIY bass trap using parts found at your local hardware store.
What size should my bass trap be?
Bass traps usually need to fit over a drain pipe that’s between 1 to 2 inches in diameter. You can use a PVC pipe that’s around 1 to 2 inches in diameter, or you can use a reducer to decrease the size of the pipe while keeping it just large enough for your DIY bass trap. The biggest factor is being able to fit your hand into the drain pipe. This will allow you to slide your DIY bass trap around and change it’s location easily. Using a pvc pipe with a handle will make it easier to pull out of place when you need access for something, such as an electrical outlet or plumbing line.
The larger the PVC pipe is, the easier it will be to fit over any size pipe, but it will just take longer.
Here are some Bass Trap Kits that can be purchased online or at home improvement stores.
What kind of materials should I use to build my DIY bass trap?
When building your DIY bass trap you will want to choose materials that are easy to cut. You need to be able to cut the PVC plastic pipe or any other materials needed for your DIY bass traps with a circular saw or another similar tool. Also, woodworking tools are handy when dealing with building a DIY bass trap. They are very helpful when cutting plywood and scraps of material for your DIY bass traps. You will also need to make sure you have some extra materials on hand in case something happens while building your DIY bass trap. You never know what might happen when you are cutting different size PVC plastic pipes or other materials.
What are the benefits of building a DIY bass trap?
Building a DIY bass trap is easy, and it can be done in less time than it takes to run an errand. It’s also cheaper than buying pre-made bass traps that are designed to fit over drain pipes. Even though they’re easy to use, they still provide the same results as more expensive pre-made options. DIY bass traps can help reduce noise and reverberating sounds in your basement, while saving you money.
Where should I build my DIY bass trap?
You should build your DIY bass trap wherever you have a drain. Decide where you’d like to place your DIY bass trap, then use a length of rope or string to measure the distance from the drain. The length of rope or string will represent the size of your DIY bass trap. The goal is to make sure the PVC pipe needs to be at least 1/2 inch smaller than the measurement you get from using a rope or string. This will make sure the pipe is large enough to capture all of the noise, but small enough that it won’t trap too much water. PVC pipe is easier to cut when it’s soft, so be sure that you have a torch on hand before you begin cutting it.
The best location for your DIY bass trap is directly above where water leaks into your basement. Try to place the PVC pipe as close as possible over the source of the leak. If you can’t position your DIY bass trap directly above where water enters your basement, place it as close to the source as possible.
The DIY bass traps I built were easy to make, and they solve the problem of excess noise coming from the furnace. They are also easy to remove if I need to do any repairs or work around the furnace area. However, they will need to be replaced frequently because they are not made of materials that will stand up against water over time.
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have questions about how to build your DIY bass trap, ask in the comments below! Thanks for reading!