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Old 04-15-2010, 10:13 AM   #1
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I need to create something to hold my bird feeder and houses. I don't have any trees in my yard to hang them from. I purchased this http://www.lowes.com/pd_315942-89740...tand$y=11$x=28 from lowes but it did stand high for me and the hangers were too close to the pole it self. It just seemed too congested with just a bird feeder hanging from it.

So, I've been thinking of building something out of wood, probably a 4x4x8 post and build some arms on it with 2x4's and then some metal hooks to hold the feeders. And when all is said and done stain or paint it. Has anyone built or seen anything like this who could give me input?

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Old 04-15-2010, 11:05 AM   #2
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I found a heavy cast iron Christmas tree stand at a yard sale. I'm going to buy a 4"x4"x8' post to put in the stand and put some metal hooks on it for bird feeders to hang from.

I'm buying the post at a local hardware store though, because I can ask for kiln dried posts there.

I'm going to keep this setup on my deck.

A couple years ago, I had some extra 4x4 posts left over from when the deck was built. I dug 3 40" deep holes in my yard, poured cement in the bottom of them and set the posts down into the holes. I made sure they were straight and plum and left them for a while until the cement dried, then backfilled with the dirt. Now I can hang up to 12 bird feeders from them. It turned out nice, because there is about 2-3' between the posts and they are at 3 different heights.

When I go buy the 4x4 post for my Christmas tree stand, I'm going to buy some pvc pipe that will fit around it. Squirrels can't climb up pvc. At least that's what I hear.

Hope this helps!

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Old 04-29-2010, 01:44 PM   #3
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Setting the 8' post in the Christmas tree-stand ended up not being a good idea. Even sitting on a flat deck board, I'm afraid it might have tipped over in a heavy wind. It might have worked with a 4' post.

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Setting the 8' post in the Christmas tree-stand ended up not being a good idea. Even sitting on a flat deck board, I'm afraid it might have tipped over in a heavy wind. It might have worked with a 4' post.

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It depends on the area presented to the wind
"To convert wind speed to force per square foot:
Force (lbs/square foot) = wind speed (miles/hour)^2 x .0027"
And, the weight of the post helps prevent tipping.

Since wind speed is variable I'd use a more positive method to fasten it.

http://www.birdscomfort.com/Image/ta...bird_stand.jpg

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you can use old Floor lamp, to mount a birdfeeder, they are heavy, if needed you can add some more weight on the base.

something like this,
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you can use old Floor lamp, to mount a birdfeeder, they are heavy, if needed you can add some more weight on the base.
You must have light bird feeders. I have a feeder on a metal shepherds hook and it bends the thing quite a bit.
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You must have light bird feeders. I have a feeder on a metal shepherds hook and it bends the thing quite a bit.
Same here. Not to mention when the wind is blowing or when a squirrel is hanging on it. It's a nice idea though prakis.
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I used a old locus fence post I found. It holds 4 feeders and a bird house. We tried a coconut with a 2 inch hole drilled in it this year. Woodpeckers loved it! Also have feeders on the deck railing. Don't have problems with squirrels, but..
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