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Comment by Thomas Murray on January 19, 2017 at 1:19pm

Thanks to all for the nice comments of our birdhouse.

I must point out that the design is not ours but from a bird house book I bought. I made a few modifications to it and this book didn't spell out all the measurements. We had to do some guesses of length and widths. We did follow recommended hole size for a particular bird and in this case the hole size is 1 inch for Wrens. This birdhouse is our third one. Our first two bird houses were ordinary houses, but this one we decided to explore our creativeness.

For all the size and design recommendations for any particular bird, I follow" Audubon Birdhouse Book" by Margaret A. Barker & Ellissa Wolfson and "The Birdhouse Book" by Don McNeil.

Randall: I'll ask my son if he is for hire.

We"ll be making more soon. Spring will be upon us soon and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2017 at 7:14am
Very nice birdhouse, Thomas. My bluebird houses are in need of repair/replacing. Is your son for hire?!
My garden looks so bleak right now, except for a few cilantro sprigs. I haven't even thought about my plans yet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:38am

Daniel, how is your energy staying so high? You do so much, and give me and us so much pleasure with your gardening. 

I'm still a reclining chair slouch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:37am

Thomas, your splendid birdhouse will make some bird happy and bring you joy as well. 

Good job! Your nine-year-old son has an excellent helper. 

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 18, 2017 at 3:04pm

Hey guys,

My youngest son (9 years old) and I completed a designer birdhouse for the coming Spring.Took us about 3 hours and two fence boards to make it. I did all the sawing and my son did all the measuring and  the hammering. I believe birds are essential to gardening and such.

What do you guys think?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:09pm

Interesting video on onion bunches.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:08pm

Daniel, the heating tape on the water pipes is a good idea.  I didn't think of that when mine froze.  That would have been better than my welding cable.

Hope you do get lucky.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 10:31am

PS:  That small city had not planted the water lines deep enough for the temperatures experienced there, so lines froze easily when the temperatures got down to -20°F or colder.  

Every winter, they advised people to keep a small stream of water flowing all the time when the temperatures were that low.  The water cost was not as much as the cost of digging to many lines.  

The water bill was a set amount for everyone, so it didn't cost the citizens any more to run the water constantly, and most of them did.  Mine froze because I was new in town and didn't get the message.

The cost was set because there were no water meters, as there was always sand in the water that clogged the meters when they were first installed.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 10:19am

Daniel, I can relate to the discomfort of having your water line freeze.

When I lived in a small community, 30 miles south of here, where the temperatures get much colder, my water line froze one year.  The city dug my line up until they found the frozen part, and thawed it.  It was not broken.

Before they filled it back in, I attached a large gauge wire to the water line as far away from the house as I could, and ran it back to my basement.  I figured if it froze again, I could attach my low voltage, high current welding machine to the wire and the line where it entered the house, and thaw the line that way.  I never did try it because it never froze again.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 8, 2017 at 12:48am

Randy, your hunt for cilantro works for parsley as well. I often get my Yule parsley from under a snow bank.They are hearty additions to the flavors of the holidays in Spokane. All the greens froze out at my Newport homeI bought parsley today for lasagna. 

 

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