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Some 10 years ago I remember seeing a homemade martin house made out of various length (e.g., 24" 18", 12") sections of 8-Inch PVC pipe topped with funnels which made the house resemble a castle. Each of the sections was bolted to an inner 3-4 inch PVC sleeve which rode up and down a 2-inch steel pipe via a pulley system. I am thinking of building one of these houses for next season and was wondering if any of you forum posters have/had such a house and if so how the martins took to it.
I talked to a landlord here in Decatur that took the 8" pvc and cut a slot that a piece of sheet metal would slide into for the floor of each cavity. Clean out is a snap just pull out the metal sheets, attaching 3 or 4 to a smaller slide member should be easy.