Date: 5/22/20 5:49 am
From: jerry Kruth <00000005ead0dac6-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: PVC bird houses
I thank you most kindly for the response and this information.  I've been building boxes since about fifteen when I put the first ones up for my Mum, I've experienced the greatest mortality for wooden boxes is they fall apart because their fasteners rust through.
Regular steel nails will give 2-3 years only; galvanized nails 3-5.  I went to galvanized screws twenty-five years ago -- they give another few years (I never use nails any more, except for the door latch), so that is about a 5-8 year life span (when you're as old as me {sigh!}, that's not long).
The introduction of plastic has apparently  revolutionized box building.  I was always afraid the smooth walls would be a detriment, but you and others have mentioned SCRIBING THE INSIDE OF THE BOX TO FACILITATE THE LITTLE ONES TRYING TO EXIT THE BOX. (duhhhh! Jerry).

I hope you don't mind I publish this on the Lists.  Perhaps it will encourage others to become involved in nestboxing.  I find it absolutely one of the most satisfying experiences in nature to open a box and find evidence of another generation of our favorite songbirds through one's own efforts.  Perhaps it will motivate others?
Thanks again and best wishes with your little broods.  The photos are adorable.


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Musser <jmusser1956...>
To: <gkruth...> <gkruth...>
Sent: Fri, May 22, 2020 6:27 am
Subject: PVC bird houses

<!--#yiv0879329590 _filtered {} _filtered {}#yiv0879329590 #yiv0879329590 p.yiv0879329590MsoNormal, #yiv0879329590 li.yiv0879329590MsoNormal, #yiv0879329590 div.yiv0879329590MsoNormal {margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt;font-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri", sans-serif;}#yiv0879329590 a:link, #yiv0879329590 span.yiv0879329590MsoHyperlink {color:blue;text-decoration:underline;}#yiv0879329590 .yiv0879329590MsoChpDefault {} _filtered {}#yiv0879329590 div.yiv0879329590WordSection1 {}-->Good morning,  Per your recent post about PVC Bluebird houses.  I made 10 of these boxes 10-12 years ago.  I used 5” schedule 40 pvc pipe with a pine floor and roof. Same bottom of hole to floor dimensions.  I replaced the roofs this spring with plastic/vinyl wood.  I did scarify the inside of the boxes inside from the bottom of the hole to the bottom of the box.  I see the same use in theses boxes as my wooden boxes (~80).    Jeff Musser  Sent from Mail for Windows 10  
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