S & S Repeating Controller Pole Question

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klcretired
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I have had my S & S up since 2008 and now with my Disabilities & Health I am Having a very difficult time Laying over the Pole & Trap House and getting it back up again . almost Impossible for me.
Has anyone ever tried to Make a Pole with Hub & Winch & Cable to raise & Lower The S & S Repeating Controller????
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Happy Martining for 2020 to everyone,

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tboydshirt
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Location: sugarcreek,ohio
Martin Colony History: new in 2017, but ready for lots of birds. 44 gourds and 40 t14 style holes
2019 more visitors than in the past and a long suffering SY male. each year enhancing the site and hoping for the future.

i can't quite tell by looking at your picture, but are there 2 pins about 2 feet apart at the bottom of your trap pole, and do you pull the bottom pin to lay it over? anyway, would you be able to clamp on something to extend the bottom of the pole closer to the ground and attach a heavy block of iron or cement block to that? then when you pull the bottom pin so the top rotates down, the counterweights go up? i was thinking about making a trap on one of my fence posts, and putting a pivot pin near the top of the post but have the trap post extend close to the ground. and i have an extra spud bar which i could attach to the trap post extending to the ground so it will rise up when the trap rotates down. i'm hoping that extra weight would make it an easy push down to send the trap back up.
klcretired
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Good Morning tboydshirt ,
Yes there are 2 Bolts about a Foot apart at the bottom of that trap Pole that go into the 4 X 4 Ground Socket.
I leave one bolt in and take out the Other One to Lean over the House & Pole ,The Trap House is Very Heavy and well built , I Love this House , it works for me all year long every year since 2008 and I would highly recommend it , if anyone can't afford the trap , you can buy the plans to make the trap***see URL Below***, Because i am Disabled and Handicapped along with my age I am no longer able to raise & Lower so i am trying to get help and input on how to make a Hub & Pole with a Winch & Cable system to raise & Lower My S & S Repeating Controller, I am open to any help or suggestions.
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https://www.purplemartin.org/shop/produ ... ler-plans/
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Happy Martining for 2020 to everyone,

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flyin-lowe
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KLC
I've never seen one of those traps up close, is there any reason it can't just be mounted to a pole lower to the ground? I know I have BB houses that are only 6 foot off the ground and the HOSP have no problem trying to take it over. I am curious how much the height of these traps impact the effectiveness?
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
marcus
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Location: Fairland OK
Martin Colony History: Mom n Dad had a plastic 12 unit martin house with some martins as long as I can remember. In 2013 they had 1 pair. I don't think they fledged any. I then started learning how to take care of martins and in 2014 we took that house down and put up a Troyer 18 gourd rack. We had 7 pair with 28 fledged.That summer I built a T-14 (I was only 12). I was also given 4 natural gourds that I hung beneath the T-14. In 2015, we had 23 pair although only 22 pair fledged young. They fledged 88 young. In 2016, we had 36 pair, 210 eggs, 163 hatched, 149 fledge!! One pair fledged 2 broods. In 2017, I had 36 pair with 35 fledging young. They laid 204 eggs, hatched 155, and fledged 152.

As long as your pipe isn't so short that starlings could jump back up to the entrance hole, I don't see any problem with lowering it.
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