Wooden 8-room PM House

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BumBee
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Hey Brad,
Your food for thought is well appreciated. I will give this wooden house a shot first before I do
something else.

If nothing else, I will have a good time doing this, away from my daily grind.

Thanks again.
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BumBee
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Location: Sugar Land, Texas

Hey Brad, Flyin-Lowe
Your food for thoughts is most welcome.

I think most of the subbies that comes around were hatch in those Red Barn looking PM houses.
I see them come around late evenings early in the season and I see them not able to figure out
how to get in my PM houses. They just takes off never to be seen again. The crazy part is, about
three miles due east from my site is one of the gigantic PM roost in my area. Year after year
they flock towards that roost site passing by my site.

I will give this wooden house a go before I think of something else to do. One good thing
I will learn how to use a wood thickness planer. Another bonus is, this will cut the monotony
of my daily grind.

Thanks again folks.
BumBee
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After looking into my posts weather it will take the load, here is what I've decided
to build 12 rooms instead of the 8 rooms.
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BumBee
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If the 12 rooms does not attract PMS, here is what possibly it will look like.
The gourds are 12 inches body diameter.

I will more likely add 4 gourds to start out with.

It is much easier to do renderings in the 3D world than cutting wood. This saves me a lot
of time in the shop.
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BumBee
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Another possibility, 8 or 16 gourd rack. This would be a lot faster to make
than the 12 room wooden house.
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RAMSMARTINS
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Location: HOUSTON, TX

In my opinion, you can change housing design all you want, but if you have a hawk problem, it won't matter. It sounds like you once had a thriving colony in your old housing, so the martins left because of hawk predation, not because they suddenly didn't like your houses.
BumBee
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RAMSMARTINS,
I sure did and I miss them. Those sneaky hawks are still here and it looks like there here to stay.
We have lots of white wing doves and are nesting in the giant trees in the neighborhood. In
early summer they feast on the young white wings. I have seen these hawks taking squirrels
and there plenty of them too in the neighborhood.

I will give my wood working tools a work out if nothing else. I will build the two 12 room PM houses
I have been tinkering with in the 3D world. I want to see them come to life flying at my backyard.
If they don't come back, I will store them and switch over to caged parrots.

Maybe someday I will fly the PM houses again.
BumBee
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4 stages of the build
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Stage 02
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BumBee
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Stage -03
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Stage 04
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Kegger
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Martin Colony History: Newbie in 2020: 2 pair of SY with 4 eggs each in Troyer Horizontals
fledged a total of 7 Martins

Imagenice 3d program you used on this design, also a nice design.
I started a couple 6 sided houses about 3 weeks ago, never
thinking of being a PM landlord. I got some ideas from all the
posts on this thread to help me convert easy to PM housing.
thank you for posting this plan and to others who added to the
conversation their modifications to make a project better. 8)
BumBee
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Thank you, I based this design using stock 1"x6" (3/4"x5-3/8") cedar lumber, planed down to a 1/2" thick.
If you use the next size 8"x1"(3/4"x7-1/8"), or a combination of the two lumber sizes,you can make the
rooms much larger without having too many board joints. You can use the stock thickness but it will get a
little tricky putting this house together.

I have seen a few post here in this forum talking about venting the T-14. Since hot air rises, vents front and back
for each section of three rooms that runs from the bottom up to the attic and eventually vents out of the top of
the elevator.

I use Pro-E.

Good luck with your build.
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