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This giant DIY mousetrap destroys everything

The Backyard Scientist builds a giant trap that smashes watermelons, coconuts, a mannequin head, cans of soda and a model volcano that ignites fire.

Anyone who's ever felt they they were in a losing battle against mice, rats and other pests might be looking for the perfect trap.

In this new video, YouTuber The Backyard Scientist shows off his latest invention -- a giant mousetrap that obliterates anything that crosses its path.

"I've got a bit of a raccoon problem at my house, so I built something to fix the problem," the Backyard Scientist wrote on his YouTube page. "It breaks multiple local ordinances and a few international treaties, but I give you the giant mousetrap."

The trap took three weeks to build and cost around $360 (about £277 or AU$485) to make from supplies like wood planks, car suspension system coils and steel square tubing. The main expenses are the winch and the multiple pipe fittings to adapt the springs to the bar.

After many attempts using garage door springs and then coil springs, he finally got it right.

For those worried this video is an animal snuff film, don't fret. The Backyard Scientist only destroys objects without a pulse. It's oddly satisfying to watch him use the giant trap to smash a watermelon, coconuts, a fiery model volcano, a mannequin head wearing a hard hat and more.

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