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

Dave Duit wrote:
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.
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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Dale D
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

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

Kyler wrote:
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!

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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Martin Colony History: In 2017, 54 pair with 202 fledged youngsters. 73 total compartments available, 48 Troyer Horizontal gourds and 4 modified trio metal house units, owl cages around all units. Martin educator and speaker. President of the Iowa Purple Martin Organization. Please visit www.iamartin.org and join.

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

Dale D wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:00 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
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Re: Mail Box Cavities

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

randy741985 wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:14 pm
Dale D wrote:
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:00 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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