Step 5: Execution!

This worked beyond my expectations.  The neck of the bottle is stiff enough that I could tug down on the fruit and the stems would snap, the shape of the bottle made it pretty easy to slip between branches, and the pole makes for easy access to those fruit that dare defy you by growing out of arm's reach.  In fact, I was so pleased with the ones I managed to get that I went back and screwed an extension to my pole since I had another piece of wood laying around.  Beware, fruit picking can be addicting, I was tempted to add a third extension because trees have a bad habit of growing tall, but I might have to rein myself in.

   If had free access to custom materials, I'd probably make a sturdier "basket" for grabbing the fruit, there were a few times where it collapsed and popped back out again when I was trying to get at some difficult pears.  An extendable pole would be quite handy, or even a hollow pole that would let the fruit slide down to you, but that could be more unwieldy than the basket method, especially if a fruit got stuck. 

   In any case, I hope you enjoyed my first instructable!
genial!!!, ahora sé cómo bajar esas mandarinas que se pudrían en el árbol.!!
hmmm..given me great ideas to get those ridiculously high-up mulberries..thanks!
I was discussing the problems with picking mulberries since they're much smaller and they'd slip right through the mouth of the bottle. A possible solution would be to either heat and pinch the mouth to make a smaller opening, or what might work better is to keep a bottle cap on top and drill a hole and notch through it that's just a bit bigger than the berries. If I remember right, the properly ripe berries tend to practically fall off anyway, so they won't need as much of a tug to get them down.
ok great thank you!
I sort of have that problem with my peach tree until our local annoying squirrel comes along and helps him self to those large yummy just out of reach cause their on the tippy top of the tree, peaches. That little bleep can barely carry those large beautiful ones in his mouth and many times I find them smashed on the floor. :( One time he mocked us by eating one of those beauties on his favorite branch right in front of us. &gt;:( <br> <br>But yeah I would use this if I could. <br>Now if some one could come up with a genius solution to keeping squirrels out of our peach tree, that would be nice.
Next instructable: Solution to pesky squirrels: Chimera DNA to give cats wings. Hrm, that's not nightmare material...In any case, thanks for the comment! I would LOVE to try this out on a peach tree, mostly because I love peaches. :)
Oh, excellent project, and I always love to see ideas for improvement.
Thanks! Maybe it's the art background that does it, I was taught to critique things, especially my own stuff.
very nice
Makes me wish we had a pear tree. Great use of common items. Thanks for the tip.
Sort of a cool Instructable!

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