I bought a Nooski mouse trap, read the instructions and watched several videos...it has a hair trigger and fires off spontaneously - any suggestions.
Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Thank you for sharing your concerns with the Nooski Mouse Trap. I'm sorry to hear the mouse trap is not working properly.
Having seen the video of the mouse trap being set, I noticed that the only thing holding the trigger is a little plastic locking clip at the top of the trap. I suspect that if this clip is damaged or is badly made in any way during production, the mouse trap would self activate. Another possibility could be the locking clip, if covered in wax or oil it would cause the trigger to slip and fire.
You could try to wash the locking clip with soap and water to remove any oils or fluids on it. However if that doesn't work and you suspect the locking clip is the point of failure, may I suggest bringing the defective unit back to the store for an exchange.
I hope your next mouse trap will be less troublesome. If there's anything else we can help with please don't hesitate to post it here on Workshop.
When loading them I often find I need to hold the trigger mechanism joint together just as you roll the band the last turn at the end. Sometimes if you have the cone facing the wrong way or you are struggling with rolling the band the trigger slips a bit. Holding it firm may help. They really are the best single trap I've found.
Many thanks for sharing your knowledge about the Nooski Mouse Trap. It's always a pleasure to read about real world experiences.
I definitely recommend giving JDE's loading process a try. Just to recap the steps:
If you have been successful, then the trap will stay active and you should get a positive catch and not a misfire.
I hope this recommendation helps and thank you so much again to @JDE for sharing his insight on this particular issue. If there is anything else we can help you with please don't hesitate to post it here on Workshop.