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  • The Correct Answer is "Yes Dear" (Modifying a bird feeder pole)

    Do you ever encounter a 15 minute jobs that turn into a three hour job?

    My wife asked me to install a pole for the bird feeder that she purchased. It didn't sound like a welding job but the pole was so short, that she couldn't see the birds at the feeder, which is the whole point of having a bird feeder. I spliced the shaft and then I decided to move the cross brace up so the there would be 16 inches in the ground instead of just 10 inches. I settled on 16 inches because I had underground electrical conduit at 18 inches and I didn't want to hit it.

    1. Removing zinc plating with hydrochloric acid (or Muriatic acid from Home Depot)

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    2. Zinc plating removed (to avoid poisonous fumes when welding)

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    3. Chamfering shaft (to get full penetration)

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    4. Cutting Shaft

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    5. Aligning shaft

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  • Colin
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    Don you remind me of someone I loved watching in the 1990's. Tim the Tool Man Taylor. That's priceless!

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  • gnewby
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    Don I am going to have to file away the pictures of your project for safe keeping for using at just the right time. I saw over on W.W. that you have 8 welders and my other half gives me **** for having 4, and is always mentioning to me and others that I have 4 welders. If I save away the pictures of your project when the wife comes to me wanting a project done I can say if I had the welder collection Don has I could fix you up with a bird feeder like Don made for his wife!

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  • MAC702
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    Oooh, that would have been the perfect project for a friction welder!

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  • gnewby
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    Nice Honey Do project Don, you should now be able to throw a hint to the wife of some other new tool you would like to have that would make projects easier.

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  • Don52
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    11 Splitting spacer

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    12. Split spacer in place

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    13. Squirrel shield installed

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    14. Bird feeder installed

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    You can see my garage in the background. The part that sticks out in the rear of the picture is my new addition that I have been working on for the past year. The status is that I am almost finished with installing the insulation.
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  • Don52
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    6. Tack TIG welding shaft (because I have better control of the puddle)

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    7. Shaft TIG welded

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    8. Cross Brace MIG weld 1 (because it is faster)

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    9. Cross brace MIG weld 2

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    When I went to install the squirrel shield I noticed that the bracket that came with the squirrel shield was too large to fit on the pole. You might think if you purchased both at the same store at the same time that they would fit, but you would be wrong. To solve the problem I machined a Black Delrin plastic spacer to take up the gap. The new spacer does look like it belongs with the bracket.

    10. Boring and cutting off spacer

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