Birds: The Saga Continues (or: Do It Yourself Bird Guards)

For those keeping track at home, the saga continues as we attempt to rid our attic of birds once and for all. There are two bird issues at play here: (1) Birds entering the attic and flying around (who cares when there’s…) (2) birds climbing from the roof right into the chute that leads to our bathroom vent fans (a problem). On two different occasions we have had to rescue birds stuck just above the fan cover in our bathroom. Actually, one time was an actual rescue, the other time was more of a, well, clearing of the duct. Anyway, the goal of this project was to keep birds out of our bathroom fan ducts once and for all.

Supplies:
1 ft. piece of “chicken wire” (it looked nothing like a chicken). $0.89 @ Ace Hardware
24 short screws with really pointy ends to get through the metal (8 per duct hood, 3 hoods) 24x$0.15= $3.60

Tools:
Tin snips
Cordless drill

After measuring the duct cover to know how big to pre-cut our wire pieces, we made our way up with wire coverings, screws, drill and tin snips in hand. The shingles were also blazing hot so we brought towels to sit on. The pictures should tell the rest of the story.

The only other thing I kind of want to do for this project is go back up and spray paint the fencing black so it doesn’t stand out as much. We’ll see that happens.

Raised Bed Garden

So the big weekend project a couple weeks ago was putting in a raised bed garden in the backyard.

Darrin constructing garden box in garage
Darrin constructing garden box in garage

We got a few 2x12s, a 4×4 and a cubic yard of dirt and went to work. Here’s the finished product:
Raised Bed in Backyard
Raised Bed in Backyard
Raised Bed in Backyard
Raised Bed in Backyard