Mail Box Cavities

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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dave Duit » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:44 pm

In the future I may build a few of these mailbox martin cavities and come up with a unique hub and rack for mounting. Thanks again Dale.
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:04 am

In the future I may build a few of these mailbox martin cavities and come up with a unique hub and rack for mounting. Thanks again Dale.
You're welcome Dave. I love sharing ideas with other Landlords. I would suggest that if anyone who builds one of these and you live in an area problem-ed with Owls take a minute and drill a hole thru the top and bottom handle and secure with a pin or bolt to prevent an Owl from pulling the door open.
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Kyler » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:31 pm

Dale,
Nice work! Did you ever think about using nuts and bolts to attach the tunnel on? I use nuts and bolts on all my gourds. Especially with my modified bo gourds! I just never had much luck with those push pins! Just a thought? But anyways nice work I really like them!

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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:23 pm

Dale,
Nice work! Did you ever think about using nuts and bolts to attach the tunnel on? I use nuts and bolts on all my gourds. Especially with my modified bo gourds! I just never had much luck with those push pins! Just a thought? But anyways nice work I really like them!

Kyler,
Thanks Kyler, and yes I have done some of my tunnels on gourds using nuts and bolts. Personally I have had good luck using the push pins. The only way I found to remove a tunnel is to cut the head of the push pin off and then push it on thru the hole.
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Dave Duit
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dave Duit » Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:11 am

Kyler and Dale,
I have used both of your ideas in the past with metal housing. Lock nut or stop nut with bolt great for attaching tunnels to metal houses and similarly a hitch pin for a modified metal door with tunnel attached for added secureness.
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:19 am

To give everyone a better idea this is how the 4 Mail Box cavities will hang on the rack along with 4 Gourds filling the vacant spots making this an 8 cavity rack.
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby randy741985 » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:14 pm

mwren, I have designed to slide onto my existing GMA's and pinned the same as gourd. I have 3 poles all with winch and cable. These 4 mail box cavities will go on my B&B rack with 4 Bo9 gourds. This still has to be painted white.



Dale D where could I find vents like you used here? I want to make some housing out of military ammo Boxes these vents would work nice. :grin:

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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:50 am

mwren, I have designed to slide onto my existing GMA's and pinned the same as gourd. I have 3 poles all with winch and cable. These 4 mail box cavities will go on my B&B rack with 4 Bo9 gourds. This still has to be painted white.



Dale D where could I find vents like you used here? I want to make some housing out of military ammo Boxes these vents would work nice. :grin:

Thanks in Advance
randy, you should be able to get them from Lowe's. I bought some there in packages of 6. If not you can get them from Ventmaster's online. I have bought them there also.
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby randy741985 » Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:23 pm

Thanks Dale. I will look at lowes.
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:50 pm

I only have 2 Males and a Female back right now but, she is thinking about it. :grin:
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dave Reynolds » Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:46 pm

...Dale... She looks great sitting there. Hope she take a mail box for ya this year. :wink:

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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby jhcox » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:37 pm

Hey Dale what if you know is the weight difference between a mail box and like a bo11 or similar large gourds like that. I know you have wenches on the racks but some people might still use pull ropes. And the lighter the set up the better when it comes to lifting a rack manually. Thanks in advance JHCox

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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:30 am

Hey Dale what if you know is the weight difference between a mail box and like a bo11 or similar large gourds like that. I know you have wenches on the racks but some people might still use pull ropes. And the lighter the set up the better when it comes to lifting a rack manually. Thanks in advance JHCox
jhcox, If I am not mistaking I think a BO11 with tunnel weighs 3lb. The Mail Boxes I chose were Metal and weigh around 4lb. Since I do use winches weight wasn't a factor for me otherwise I would have went with aluminum of plastic Mail Boxes.
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Dale D
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

Postby Dale D » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:30 am

...Dale... She looks great sitting there. Hope she take a mail box for ya this year. :wink:

Dave
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