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Hang’em High

January 31, 2012

Please forgive me for using an old Clint Eastwood old movie title as a lame intro to this post. (Clever titles involving the word “bat” continue to elude me).

Yes, this is another update on the progress of the incredible-super-awesome-but-way-bigger-assembled-than-it-looked-on-paper bat house.

It is complete, other than some caulking and stain touch up work that needs to be done when I can actually do it in daylight (caulking small, dark cracks @ the seams and applying almost black stain in poor lighting doesn’t work very well.)

And it is huge.

And heavy. 30 lbs? 40 lbs?

Anyway it is done and propped up waiting for two sturdy poles to be erected out back and me to think of some way to anchor this monstrosity to them 16 feet off the ground (<<<< the Clint Eastwood movie reference applies here).
Definitely do check back in for this feat; it will be like a gruesome automobile accident that you just can't make yourself stop looking at.

The house plus the two pieces of (conveniently scavenged) rusty galvanized roofing, ready to be installed:

Roof installed, here are the bat house “glamor shots” in all their cyber glory:

What bat-appropriate stencil should I apply before it is installed?

(I’ve lost my mind)

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. namastemama permalink
    January 31, 2012 10:31 pm

    Why do the roofs have to be metal? They look awesome and you have inspired me, as I think we will be overrun with bugs this year because of the very mild winter. i.e no real winter. Our area hit another record high yesterday. 67 degrees. It should be 40.

    • January 31, 2012 10:42 pm

      They actually don’t have to be metal; I found this near my house after some severe weather last month. It was already “broken in” and was the perfect size. I liked having the extra overhang – it will provide a little shade in the hottest part of the year when the sun is high.

      Our winter has been quite mild as well (so far); our pets are having more trouble with fleas than they should be this time of year.

  2. February 1, 2012 7:19 am

    I do not have the requisite skills for bat stencil design… However, I know that during the Halloween selling season the craft stores often sell stencils and ideas for decorating that might be appropriate… perhaps they have some left in the bargain bins…

    Alternatively, you could get Sis to design something fabulous…

    • February 1, 2012 11:56 am

      Sis’s design would out-awesome the actual box, my ego won’t allow that. 😉

  3. Sis permalink
    February 1, 2012 8:02 am

    I’m sure that Martha has zillions of batty ideas –

    • February 1, 2012 10:59 am

      Haha. I don’t think anything behind the fence would be claimed or approved by Ms Stewart at this point

  4. February 1, 2012 8:18 am

    The Batman symbol, of course.

    http://www.myfreewallpapers.net/comics/pages/batman-symbol.shtml

    • February 1, 2012 11:02 am

      I dismissed it as too easy and predictable but I have a variation of it in mind that I’m coming back to

  5. February 1, 2012 8:57 am

    When we lived in the city, I put up a bathouse on the back of my garage. I didn’t stencil it but I did add an address: 3426 1/2!

    • February 1, 2012 10:56 am

      Funny….
      The angle I mount it will make for a public side and a private side, so I may have to do 2 separate stenciled images.

      How long did it take for bats to find the bathouse?

      • February 2, 2012 11:30 am

        Maybe a season? There was another bathouse nearby (neighbor’s garage about 5 down). They’re so cute.

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