Deluxe Aluminum Purple Martin House - 12 Room
- 12-room Purple Martin house constructed of durable, rust-free aluminum
- Hexagonal design
- Constructed to raise and lower easier than wooden houses
- Lightweight white aluminum is heat-resistant and keeps Purple Martins cool
- Floors snap out for cleaning
- Included door stops allow the home to be closed between seasons
- Porch railings help keep young Purple Martins safe
- Purchase an "Add a Unit" when the colony grows
- Mounting pole sold separately
- Assembly instructions included
- Purple Martins
Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm.
Advertencia: Cáncer y Daños Reproductivos.
Avertissement: Cancer et Dommages Reproductifs.
This product is well designed and will last many decades. It was received as a gift to replace our well-served previous 12 room bird house. Assembly was easy but I did not use a pair of pliers. I am fortunate to have a set of small ignition wrenches which made the job MUCH easier than battling with pliers. Perhaps Heath Outdoor Products could supply an inexpensive stamped wrench to significantly ease assembly. The instructions were apparently written by an employee who is intimately familiar with the product. Heath would do well to have the instructions re-written by a person who has no experience with their product so they are easier to understand by an amateur. I altered the assembly from the instructions in two ways. First, I assembled the 6 part roof with the wider opposite sides of the roof overlapping. This provides greater resistance to driving rain. Second, because the plastic pole flange is the weakest part of this entire product I did not want to tighten the bolt against the pole and quite possibly strip it out. The fix was easy! After placing the house on the pole in the proper location I tightened and loosen the bolt several times. This left a mark on the pole telling me where the bolt would be located. I then drilled a hole through ONE side of the pole. This allowed the bolt to be tightened all the way in the collar but most importantly, the weight of the entire house rested on the metal bolt rather than against the plastic pole flange. This entirely eliminated the possibility of the house sliding down the pole. I drilled one hole for both levels of the house. The plastic rails are intended to snap into the holes of the floor. They don't. I fully expect to find several of the rails on the ground during the season. Inferior plastic parts have no place in an otherwise quality product like this martin house. The pole sections slide together perfectly. The pole and key locks from our 30 year old house are still working fine. However, I have always stored the house and the pole in the garage 8 months of the year and that extra effort has no doubt paid off. During installation of this new house one of the key levers broke. Jamie at Heath Outdoor Products immediately sent replacement parts. (In the mean time I held the pole up with simple automotive hose clamps.) Heath could eliminate all plastic parts, include a wrench for assembly, expand their assembly instructions and they would easily have the best product on the market. Proper marketing would support a ten dollar price increase and still increase sales. They could add a ten year guarantee and blow every other manufacturer out of the water! Clean the house thoroughly after the birds vacate, store it indoors and it will easily give your flock 30+ years of use!