the worlds first rotationally molded
duty outer shell
molded in one single piece from over 12
pounds of UV stabilized polyethylene. Eliminating the
for nails, glue, caulking, roofing, paint or any of the other dozens of
expensive and time consuming things folks dream up to *try* to make
wood hold up in the
only fasteners of any kind other than the ones that attach
the bat house to the pole or other structure, are a few small stainless
screws that keep the inner partitions from sliding out.
the slick interior the overall baffle assembly is trapped by a 3/8"
wide lip at the bottom.
An experimental bat house with a few pounds of
sand mixed in with the plastic powder. Since these are made on a
roto-molding machine and not in a volcano this real sand does not
melt. 99% goes to the inside where much of it sticks to the
bit powder to melt. Quite non
compared to the gray bat house above. Note also that this bat house
lacks a front and back 'one sided' baffle since I am predicting that
bats can cling to the rough sandy surface just as easily as they can
rough wood. Addendum: As of June 8 2011, less
months after installing it, this
Sadly they only stayed a little
week and left at the same
time our main colony abandoned their roost in the eaves of the 'people'
test bat box. Outer single sided baffles are
which will probably only be offered in
economy models. Inner baffles are recycled pallet wood which will not
be offered at all due to the unknown nature (and uncertain supply) of
pallets. Do plan to furnish detailed plans and dimensions to anyone who
wishes to purchase a shell alone and build there own baffles from what
ever material they chose.
view of the four chamber poplar bat house showing the much more uniform
groove spacing compared to the test box. More examples of the
capabilities and even some construction details of the modified wood
jointer used to make these grooves are
available for the curious.
And yes, those center baffles are over an inch thick! I need to buy a
thickness planer ASAP so the poplar houses can be offered in a more
logical five chamber design.
wood has long been the traditional material to build bat houses
from, it suffers from rot and decay unless protected from the elements.
For this reason bat
house builders have been experimenting with
alternate materials for over fifteen years with varying degrees of
Virtually all of them long out last traditional wooden bat houses with
total maintenance. While bats love the choice of
alternate materials offer, these other non traditional houses suffer
their own problems. Material and labor costs to assemble them is
as high and often higher than wood so they end up quite expensive
to most wooden houses of comparable size.
up of a bat house in stone effect material called Sandstone
contrasting with a real sandstone slab. Here is a more subtle stone
effect called Wheat.
and other special materials will run slightly more than plain colors
due to the raw material costs, they should still compete favorably with
100% cedar bat houses on price.
they are not really bigger than the moon:) Actual outside dimensions
are 30 1/2" high, 17 3/4" wide. 8 1/4" deep front to back.
field, close water supply, near trees but with none close enough for a
predator to hide in, facing due east and 15 feet up to the bottom of
the house. An almost ideal location that attracted its first resident
in less than two months! Installed April 16 2011, first guano found
(and a scolding received from the bats) on June 8 2011. Was unable to
get pictures of the bats this season.
remaining woodworking machinery is acquired completed
bat houses will be in limited supply. Still have a few shells available
you would like
to try your hand at designing your own baffles. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for exact pricing until I get a proper shopping cart set up.
to explain the weird site name and my sudden desire to acquire my
house twenty years after
Documentation of building
the actual rotational
mold for metal working friends.
Warning to mobile or dial up
users, lots of large pictures! An FAQ
and the beginnings of mounting
instructions. These last two will eventually be combined into
brochure to include with each bat house sold. A test
page with a tool bar that will eventually replace this ugly
paragraph full of links.
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