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Post  roddie on Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:43 pm

My mom bought my daughter a birdhouse for Christmas. A friend's "neighbor" (a retired man) builds and sells them.

Here's a photo of my daughter's birdhouse;

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Well.. my birthday was this past week.. and my mom bought me a birdhouse that was made by the same man.

Here's what mine looks like..

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The bottom of both houses are "framed/boxed" to receive a 4" x 4" post.

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Lynne and I enjoy feeding/watching the birds year-round.
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Post  944_Jim on Sat Feb 02, 2019 9:12 pm

That's too cool! Does it look like your house?

My mom is on pumped well water (So GA). Taking a trig class, the teacher indicated we could exempt the test if we came up with a creative way to use trig...the only catch was we had to show the formulae.
I made a scale model of my mom's house to cover/heat the pump in the winter. Of course, I included the numbers for the angles in the valleys in the hip roofs, and the peak to walls, underside of the soffets, and pictures of the house...along with the pencil drawings of the house. Even the paint matched!
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Post  roddie on Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:27 am

944_Jim wrote:That's too cool! Does it look like your house?

No Jim, neither of the birdhouses bear any resemblance to our actual houses. I would have thought that the birdhouses would have been more expensive.. but my daughter's cost $30 and mine cost $40. The man who built them is retired. He built approx. 70 birdhouses last year. These were the "last two" that he had for sale.

944_Jim wrote:My mom is on pumped well water (So GA). Taking a trig class, the teacher indicated we could exempt the test if we came up with a creative way to use trig...the only catch was we had to show the formulae.
I made a scale model of my mom's house to cover/heat the pump in the winter. Of course, I included the numbers for the angles in the valleys in the hip roofs, and the peak to walls, underside of the soffets, and pictures of the house...along with the pencil drawings of the house. Even the paint matched!

Very interesting Jim! I was challenged by mathematics when I got into high school. It confused me.. and I never sought the extra help that I needed. I envy you and others who were able to grasp trig, calculus.. etc. Ironic that this hobby I love so much, is highly based on math..

Any chance that you still have those photos/pencil-drawings? I'd love to see them.
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:51 pm

I have built many bird houses roddie, and they are spread around my property. No pictures, they just exist without drama. Bird feeders a different story.

I have built/bought many, but it's a constant fight to keep them safe with bears and squirrels in the neighborhood.

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Post  pkrankow on Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:43 pm

Wrap a layer of metal flashing under that bucket where the squirrel is climbing. If they cannot hang on, they cannot chew the bucket away.

Fierce squirrels there.

Phil

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Post  roddie on Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:47 pm

Ah yes.. the squirrels. Huh... It's amazing to see how astute they are at problem-solving when it comes to getting food.

So far; my Roddie-re-engineered baffle has stopped them from getting any further up the pole to the Roddie-engineered deluxe bird feeding station.

I bought the steel "cone-type" pole-baffle on clearance at "Ocean State Job Lot". It was missing its' mounting-hardware.

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I ended up drilling-through my feeder-pole (1.5" EMT conduit) to install a "tension-spring" which would serve as a pivot for under the cone.

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The squirrels have not been able to defeat it. I now only need to top-off/refill the feeders every four or five days. Before I re-engineered the baffle-mount, the squirrels would gain-access to the cedar/trough-style feeder and empty it daily.. (probably within an hour) This was frustrating; as I was custom-blending expensive seed-mixes that contained nuts, berries sunflower and safflower "hearts". The squirrels would also knock the suet-baskets off the pole.. and try to drag them away.. if they didn't open from hitting the ground.  Mad

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Post  Marleysky on Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:04 pm

Birdhouses! Yea! Those were (still are) on my bucket list of hobbies to take up upon retirement. I have a stash of “ How To” books of Birdhouses and whirly-gigs. I inherited my FIL’s wood planer, joiner and dust collector. Just have not taken the time to set them all up properly. One of the retired old guys in my neighborhood of my youth, use to make batches of little birdhouses and sell them on a farmers stand out by the road. He got quite creative with the decoration on the window trim and porches. He was sold out quite often, with a “ put the money in the coffee can” trusting people to pay for what they took.  
Another thing I’ve been wanting to do is make a actual scale Airport style “Windsock”
....yup! As soon as i get a roundtoit!  lol!
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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:44 pm

pkrankow wrote:Wrap a layer of metal flashing under that bucket where the squirrel is climbing.  If they cannot hang on, they cannot chew the bucket away.

Fierce squirrels there.

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So far no squirrel has been able to conquer the upside down bucket or former plant pot. Although that one plastic eating rodent (picture above) came rather close.

Bob

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