Refurbishing Trio – Graphic Photo Warning

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PMDavid
Posts: 534
Joined: Wed May 16, 2018 8:50 pm
Location: Boyce,Louisiana
Martin Colony History: 2018 1 lone nut and lots of visitors
2019 6 pair -21fledged
2020 18 pair -60 fledged
2021......to be seen.
24 natural gourds on a satellite rack,9 other gourds scattered around
2-12 compartment trio houses
Rarely see a sparrow or starling,but when I do they don’t last long!
Will have a second satellite rack for the 2022 season and phase out the houses,the martins here strongly prefer natural gourds.

Hi there to the smiths. Re; roof polishing. If it’s really worth it to you,you can get a small can of Mother’s aluminum mag and wheel polish and a powerball. I did it on and old house and it worked quite well. Polish using a lot of polish then rub it all off and then do it again. Use a drill and really get after it using plenty of polish,re apply the polish several many times as your are polishing.
Dave Duit
Posts: 1931
Joined: Tue Nov 25, 2003 2:02 pm
Location: Iowa / Nevada
Martin Colony History: In 2020, 60 pair with 285 fledged youngsters. 83 total cavities available, 58 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified deep trio metal house units, 1 fallout shelter, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President and founder of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

On a note about paint for the aluminum exterior. I believe that aluminum needs a paint that has etching in order for the paint to stick and not peel off. Correct me if I'm crazy and got it all wrong. lol.
Mite control, heat venting, predator protection and additional feeding during bad weather add up to success.
TheSmiths
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon May 12, 2014 1:02 pm
Location: Western KY
Martin Colony History:

Tried to attract PMs since 2004; began more ernest attempt in 2014.

Current housing consists of two modified Trio M12Ks and a round gourd rack.

2018 — 3 pairs

2019 — 6 pairs

2020 — 12 pairs; barred owl late in season


Monitor FILs colony as well as colony at park.

~15 years of providing housing for bluebirds, Carolina wrens, house wrens, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, great-crested flycatchers and northern flickers.

Does anyone know if these old Grandma/Grandpas were painted with lead paint?


@Dave Duit, wouldn't self-etching paint only be needed if the house was stripped down to bare metal?


@PMDavid, thanks. I might have to save that for another season. PMs are due here in ~2 wks and I still have to put inner porches on my FIL's gourds and build owl guards for our poles. (A barred owl discovered the site late last season and I've recently heard it calling nearby).


@deancamp, did you glue it in place or leave it loose?
4th Gen Martin Fan
Posts: 1497
Joined: Thu Jul 04, 2013 1:19 pm
Location: TN/Collierville
Martin Colony History: I have been exposed to purple martin sounds in utero when my mother went out to get my father away from his martin colony.
I played around the martin colony every summer and watched as my father maintained his colony. In the late 50's until the 70's he did not notice European Starlings in south Texas.
When old enough, I helped maintain his colony. My primary task was eliminating English House Sparrows with a 1956 Benjamin 317 .177 air rifle.
When I settled into my own home, I started my first colony with an original Trio Castle and Trio Grandpa. When I moved again, I did not put up any martin houses. Frustration with European Starlings in the Southeast US was overwhelming.
Found PMCA Forum and learned about modern enlarged compartments and SREHs.
Inherited my father's last martin house, a Trio Grandma, modified it to modern specifications and have had good results since then.

I am probably too late answering the last questions posted to me from TheSmiths.
I don't understand the question about the added washers.
I always place insulation on the attic floor of a Trio house. I want to reduce the heat coming from the attic space. Exactly like we do in our own houses.
The best way to shine up the corrugated surface of any Trio roof is a "Magic Eraser". I have no idea how it works but it perfectly cleans and shines the aluminum roof surface. It removes fungus, dirt, grime, and corrosion without adversely affecting the aluminum. I wet the roof and "Magic Eraser" and rub the surface. It does not even take much scrubbing pressure.
I have also used "Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish" like PMDavid mentioned above.
Mark.
Firm believer in HOSP/EUST Control, Enlarged Compartments, SREHs, Pole Predator Guards, Owl/Hawk Guards, Mite/Parasite Control, Housing Insulation, and Vents for Compartment Cooling.
PMCA Member.
TheSmiths
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon May 12, 2014 1:02 pm
Location: Western KY
Martin Colony History:

Tried to attract PMs since 2004; began more ernest attempt in 2014.

Current housing consists of two modified Trio M12Ks and a round gourd rack.

2018 — 3 pairs

2019 — 6 pairs

2020 — 12 pairs; barred owl late in season


Monitor FILs colony as well as colony at park.

~15 years of providing housing for bluebirds, Carolina wrens, house wrens, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, great-crested flycatchers and northern flickers.

4th Gen Martin Fan wrote:
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:21 pm
I don't understand the question about the added washers.
4th Gen Martin Fan wrote:
Mon Feb 15, 2021 10:40 am
Reassemble those pieces with white coated aluminum pop rivets... Any previous steel bolts and nuts are best replaced with stainless steel bolts, nuts and washers.
Mark mentioned washers. (Please see portion of quote above) . Not sure where he used them or why.
TheSmiths
Posts: 334
Joined: Mon May 12, 2014 1:02 pm
Location: Western KY
Martin Colony History:

Tried to attract PMs since 2004; began more ernest attempt in 2014.

Current housing consists of two modified Trio M12Ks and a round gourd rack.

2018 — 3 pairs

2019 — 6 pairs

2020 — 12 pairs; barred owl late in season


Monitor FILs colony as well as colony at park.

~15 years of providing housing for bluebirds, Carolina wrens, house wrens, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, great-crested flycatchers and northern flickers.

Here are the final results. I used Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer, Rust-Oleum Farm & Implement in Gloss JD Green, and Rust-Oleum Farm & Implement in Gloss White. I do not recommend the Farm & Implement paint. It is thick, sputters & splatters, and does not cure well.

I'm hoping the park will allow us to straighten the pole at the south end of the park in the fall. Any advice on how to do that would be appreciated. It is on a steep slope at the edge of the pond.

The first and second photos are the house at the north end of the park. The third and fourth photos are the house at the south end of the park. (I need PMCA stickers to put over the bar code labels on the baffles).
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deancamp
Posts: 672
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:17 pm
Location: Raymore, MO

Very well done. Nice work on the predator guard as well!
Jeff Dean
Whippy
Posts: 856
Joined: Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:15 pm
Location: Plano, Texas
Martin Colony History: See Signature

Great job on the house. It looks very good and I'll bet works even better.

I hope you are able to straighten the pole. I figure all you gotta do is dig out around the base, push it straight, and secure with fast drying concrete. But I bet you already have a plan in place for that. I like to hear myself type sometimes.

Good luck to you. Looks really good.

Coolwhips
2016 - late to put up, many visitors
2017 - 1 pair, 3 fledged
2018- 2 pair, 12 fledged
2019 - 4 pair, 21 fledged
2020 - 15 pair, 67 fledged
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