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Project by RickieD posted 06-07-2009 03:00 AM 2637 views 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

June 6/09

(posted by MsDebbieP)

Well, we finally got the mighty birdhouse up!
Last winter, Rick spent many hours puttering around with this birdhouse. He had to bring it up from the basement in 2 pieces.
I think there are 54 apartments.

This week we finally were ready to put it up. Rick dug the hole, and cut the telephone to the desired length (leftover piece is now a sculpture in my gardens).Click for details

But.. a dilemma—the pole weighs about 300 lbs. and the birdhouse weighs about 200 lbs. We thought we could put the end on the truck and then just back up and push it upright. No way… 3 men couldn’t lift it high enough to make it work.

What to do. .what to do.. well, time to call a favour from a neighbour. In comes Mr. D to the rescue (who, by the way, said it would cost extra since I brought my camera out hahah).

They checked it out and made a plan. Rick got a chain from the neighbour’s. Hooked it on and stood it up (in a flash) and tossed in some dirt to hold it. 15 minutes, tops, and it was up.

Next time Rick said (and Mr D also suggested) that he put the pole in the hole and just build the birdhouse on the pole! :)

Thanks to John, “Extreme Birdhouses”, for the inspiration and support.

(oh and I realize that I only have the picture of the one side, which happens to be the back, facing the front.. oh well.
I’ll have to remember to get a picture of the front, which is now facing the back)

-- Rick D

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 03:17 AM

when u gotta have lifting equipment to install a birdhouse, you definitely have yourself an extreme, very cool, hope the birds fill it up for ya

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 03:29 AM

Yep, this gives new meaning to over kill. Hope your tenants get along better than mine. As the maintance supervisor for a 168 unit complex here is some advice. First no rival bird gangs allowed. Second keep out the Seed Dealers. Third no professional birds allowed they spread chirppes the canarial desease and its untweatable.

-- Dale

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 03:34 AM

WOW ….what a birdhouse. My problem would be where to put it. LOL

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 04:20 AM

That is one more birdhouse. At least it wasn’t like the guy who built the boat in his basement only to realize that it was too big to get out the door. Very impressive. I am sure that you will have some very happy guests before long.

Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 04:30 AM

I know what my homeowners association would say.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 05:31 AM

super cool

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 06-07-2009 07:31 AM

Good thing Mr D came to the rescue!! Quite a project :-) If Mr D isn’t avialable for the next one, yoiu can set the pole and use my belt and spurs to take the bird house up and set it :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-07-2009 07:33 AM

Excellent birdhouse and a wonderful back yard! I hope you get many years of pleasure out of both.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#9 posted 06-07-2009 12:51 PM

thanks everyone.
We can now give directions to our house by saying “it’s the house with the birdhouse in the front yard. You’ll know when you see it.” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 06-07-2009 12:59 PM

here are a couple pictures from “the build”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 06-07-2009 01:53 PM

They will certainly get a bird’s eye view from up there Humungo… job.

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#12 posted 06-07-2009 02:46 PM

Thats wonderful. How are you going to clean it out and plug the holes until the Martins return?

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#13 posted 06-07-2009 03:25 PM

what a fantastic addition to your garden scene
great job!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#14 posted 06-07-2009 03:46 PM

I think that rick has outdone himself with this one. looks like you are looking for an onset of purple martins. It may already be to late for this year but that dosent take away from the bird house. nothing quite the help of a neighbor to set things in place.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#15 posted 06-07-2009 03:55 PM

thanks everyone.

We aren’t too worried about what kind of birds move in, although it would be nice to see Purple Martins.

to clean it, we have a big ladder and he’ll just use a wire with a hook on the end to pull out old nesting material. (notice I said “he will”) :)

Here’s a picture of the front of the birdhouse.

From birdhouse 05 09

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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