How Many Gourds on 2" Pole ??

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Hanover Bill
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Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
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2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
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2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Anyone out there have any experience with 18 gourds hung on a 2" square aluminum pole? Right now I have two 2" aluminum poles with 12 gourds a piece on them. No issues at all with the wind with this set up. I am thinking about possible expansion next year to 18 gourds on one or both of them . They sell an adapter for this purpose, but I am wondering if it is going to be too much weight for the 2" pole. I wouldn't think they would sell the adapter if the pole would not stand up to it.

I don't get constant high winds here but we do get the occasional severe thunderstorm which can whip up 60MPH plus winds for short periods of time.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
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2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
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Dale D
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In my opinion the pole will handle the extra weight but just keep in mind you're adding more wind resistance so when those thunderstorms are in your forecast play it safe and lower the rack to 8 or 10 feet and I think you will be alright.
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flyin-lowe
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I have a AAA gourd rack with 2 inch pole. It holds 16 gourds just fine. In strong winds it will move a little and I lower it if storms are forecasted. It is probably close to 10 years old and still very straight. I wouldn't be afraid to hang 2 more gourds on it.
2021.................HOSP count-5
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2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
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Dave Reynolds
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flyin-lowe wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:15 am
I have a AAA gourd rack with 2 inch pole. It holds 16 gourds just fine. In strong winds it will move a little and I lower it if storms are forecasted. It is probably close to 10 years old and still very straight. I wouldn't be afraid to hang 2 more gourds on it.
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Thanks Flyin-Lowe.... I was thinking about a AAA-16 gourd rack for next year.. The two inch square pole was my only concern..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — First arrival on April 5, 2021

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flyin-lowe
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I've been very happy with mine. Back when I bought it about 10 years ago it was the best bang for the buck. If I remember correctly back then I paid like 220.00 for it including shipping.
2021.................HOSP count-5
2020 Currently 42 nest, 110 babies, 64 eggs left to hatch(6-22-20) HOSP count-8
2019- 31 Pair over 100 fledged
2018- 15 pair last count 49 fledged
2017 3 SY pair nested, 12 eggs total, fledged 10. 4 additional SY's stayed all summer but never paired/nested.
2016 1 pair fledged 4
2015 Visitors
2014 Visitors
2013 Moved 6 miles away, 1 pair fledged 2.
2012 30 pair fledged 100.
2011 12 pair (11 that nested), 43 fledged.
2010 5 pair, 21 eggs, 16 hatched, 14 fledged.
John Miller
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Have seen up to 24 gourds on two inch poles, but always looks like disaster waiting to happen to me...not a matter of if, but when. If you have concerns, don't over weight poles.
John Miller
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[attachment=1]Housing modifications resized II.jpg[/attachment]Here are two photos of how I've been trying to reinforce some of my poles at public sites...I can't lower when a storm approaches.

One manufactuer told me that the location on the square pole mostly likely to bend under stress is right at the top of the interior mounting post, which usually is up 1.5 feet above ground. That said, I did see a report online this year of a square pole -- don't recall if it was 2 or 3 inch -- just sort of curve bending in the lower section in a storm. However, I've been adding these corners either 4 or 3 foot lengths to the poles, near the base and at least a foot or more above the interior mounting post. These are just 3/4 inch angle aluminum strips, 1/8 inch thick material. they are held on with small brackets I make myself and attach with stainless 1/4 bolts, nuts and washers. I use two brackets for 3 foot long braces and three for 4-foot long braces. This tinkering may interfere with winches and rope winders, but the bracing strips can sometimes be run under the existing pole hardware. I would not drill into a pole to attach the braces, as that would weaken it, but the braces may add wind support and at least do no harm.
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handyman315
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Martin Colony History: Colony established May 20, 2017 after three unsuccessful years. Persistent and aggressive Tree Swallows plagued the site, but beyond learning - and practicing - to control them, was the return in 2017 of a 2016-SY-M previously unable to find a mate. As a handsome ASY-M, he brought along two females and a swagger that soon put the Tree Swallow issue to rest. As the anchor pair, he and his mate hatched all six of their eggs into fat and healthy babies into what settled in to be a three-pair, flourishing new colony with up to 11 birds total, including 3 SY-M trouble makers.

John Miller wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:37 am
Housing modifications resized II.jpgHere are two photos of how I've been trying to reinforce some of my poles at public sites...I can't lower when a storm approaches.

One manufactuer told me that the location on the square pole mostly likely to bend under stress is right at the top of the interior mounting post, which usually is up 1.5 feet above ground. That said, I did see a report online this year of a square pole -- don't recall if it was 2 or 3 inch -- just sort of curve bending in the lower section in a storm. However, I've been adding these corners either 4 or 3 foot lengths to the poles, near the base and at least a foot or more above the interior mounting post. These are just 3/4 inch angle aluminum strips, 1/8 inch thick material. they are held on with small brackets I make myself and attach with stainless 1/4 bolts, nuts and washers. I use two brackets for 3 foot long braces and three for 4-foot long braces. This tinkering may interfere with winches and rope winders, but the bracing strips can sometimes be run under the existing pole hardware. I would not drill into a pole to attach the braces, as that would weaken it, but the braces may add wind support and at least do no harm.

Ingenious, John. Anything to strengthen a pole, especially without interfering with the winch or weakening the pole in other ways is sound landlording IMO. These constant Ohio winds have slightly "rainbowed" one of my 3" ROUND poles. :-(
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~Ray~Gingerich
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I have a round rack that has a 2”x 4ft angle iron embedded slightly into the concrete just behind the ground stake, on top of the angle it’s tied tightly to the pole. This spring when we had a tornado some of my poles were bent over and one T-14 pole snapped off. The pole with the angle iron attached remained perfectly straight and poles on either side were bent.
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Anthony Neira
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John M. :???: I Give Up ! What Kind of Gourd is that in your top picture ? A Natural one with porch, tunnel & port installed ? A Dome Top ? I see 2 purple lines on it ?, Thanks, Anthony
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Dave Reynolds
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Martin Colony History: 2018 Success at my Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”.
2019 Success at my home Site "Little Hocking, Ohio".

... John --- Thanks for the photos... I may try and re-enforce my 2 inch square pole next spring. That looks to be a good fix..

Dave
Home Site “Little Hocking, Ohio”
2010 / 2018 -- Lots of Visitors
2019 — 1 Pair, 5 Eggs, 5 Babies, 5 fledged. :wink:
2020 — 1 Pair, 4 Eggs, 4 Babies, 4 fledged. :wink:
2021 — Waiting 2021

Satellite Site “Oxbow Golf Course”
2018 -- 15 Pair, 58 Eggs, 38 Hatched and 36 Fledged :wink:
2019 — 26 Pair, 128 Eggs, 99 Babies and 97 Fledged. :wink:
2020 — 30 Pair, 156 Eggs, 137 Babies and 137 Fledged. :wink:
2021 — First arrival on April 5, 2021

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John Miller
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Anthony..that's a smaller natural gourd that was hanging with wire from the porch of the Trendsetter, not shown. A friend, not me, had decorated it with some flowers painted on, because this location is the Missouri Botanical Garden. ha.
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