8 foot pole assembly instructions

How our 8′ 3″ bird feeder pole is assembled and installed

BirdFeederPoleDiagramEach bird feeder pole we make was designed so that it could be assembled and installed quickly and easily (in as little as 5 minutes) by anyone (even if you’re slightly built and not very strong)! The wooden pole sections that make up each bird feeder pole are relatively light weight (about 3-5 lbs. per piece), and when assembled, each of our bird feeder poles weigh less than 25 lbs. The only tools required for assembly and installation are a hammer and screwdriver.

Step 1

DSC04154ResizedDrive the 36″ metal stake into the ground (spade end down) about 16″ (so that the spade is a few inches below the surface of the ground) at the desired location with a standard hammer as shown.

Step 2

Note – the top wooden pole section is 38” long and has five 1.25 inch pre-drilled holes, the middle section is 38” long, and the bottom section is 23” long.

Join the 3 pole sections together by driving the included 1.25″ x 6″ dowels into the holes in the wooden pole sections as shown.

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Step 3

DSC07054ResizedInsert the 5 hardwood extending arms into the pre-drilled holes of the top pole section as shown (with the hooks at the end of the arms pointing down), then lightly tap the ends of each arm with a hammer to fully seat them into the holes (the top hole, the middle hole, and the bottom hole are used for the 3 foot extending arms, and when inserted into the holes, these extending arms will have an upward angle from the pole of approximately 15-22 degrees – the other two holes are used for the 1 foot extending arms, and when inserted into the holes, these extending arms will be straight and perpendicular to the pole).

Step 4

Pre-installing the bird feeder baffle (if purchased):

Warning – the bottom of the bird feeder baffle has sharp edges, and could cause serious injury if mishandled. Extreme caution should be exercised when handling it. We recommend using gloves to complete this step.

IMG_2623Slide the bird feeder baffle (if purchased) up the pole and temporarily attach it to the screw eye located on the top pole section (just below the bottom 36” extending arm) using the enclosed plastic tie down strap as shown (this is done as a safety precaution, so that when the pole is upright and attached to the metal mounting stake in the next step, the bird feeder baffle is out of the way and can’t slide down the pole, which could cause serious injury).

 

Step 5

Attaching the assembled pole to the metal stake:

Warning – to prevent the pole from falling down while trying to attach it to the metal stake, which could cause serious injury, we recommend completing this step with 2 people – one to securely hold the pole upright to prevent it from falling, and one to attach the pole to the metal stake.

DSC04155ResizedAttach the assembled pole to the metal stake with two 3″-5″ hose clamps as shown (place one of the hose clamps about 3 inches above the surface of the ground, and the other hose clamp about 3 inches from the top of the metal stake).

Step 6

Final installation of the bird feeder baffle (if purchased):

Warning – the bottom of the bird feeder baffle has sharp edges, and could cause serious injury if mishandled. Extreme caution should be exercised when handling it. We recommend using gloves to complete this step.

IMG_2626Hold the bird feeder baffle while removing the plastic tie-down strap that was used to temporarily secure it in step 4. Slide it down the pole and rest it on the ground. Install 2 included screw eyes onto the middle pole section by screwing them into the pre-drilled 1/8 inch holes which are located on opposite sides of the pole approximately 49 inches from ground level. Next, slide it back up the pole, and insert the hooks on the top of it into the screw eyes. It should now hang freely from the hooks, and the bottom of it should be 24 inches off the ground.

And that’s all there is to it! After assembly and installation your bird feeder pole is now ready for hanging bird feeders and platform bird feeders or hanging planters and bird baths!

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