Hummingbird Feeder Hanger And Perch (with Optional Ant Trap)

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My wife and I purchased a Perky Pet Antique Bottle Hummingbird Feeder. When we got home we brainstormed ways to hang it because it didn't come with a hanger or a chain that matched the metal hoop on the feeder. We came up with 3 or 4 lame ideas before my wife suggested we use the interwebz... Duh! She found very general directions for this hanger and another set of instructions for the ant trap, which I simplified. By complicating. Of course.
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Step 1: The Tools

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-old coat hanger pliers -I used vise grips *their beefy wire cutters are perfect for this -project * their clamping action came in handy while twisting and bending the wire *they're thin enough you don't have to fuss with them once you've clamped them into place -ruler

Step 2: Clip The Collar Off

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The amount of work to undo the crimping around the hook is not worth the effort, especially since you already have more wire than you need, so snip, snip.

Step 3: Straighten The Wire

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Get it as straight as you can by hand, then clamp the bends in your pliers and work the wire until it's as straight as you can get it.

Step 4: Add Your First Hook

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This will be the hook that suspends your hanger from the rain gutter. Clamp your vice grips 3 inches from the end of the wire. Bend your wire, on both sides of the pliers, creating a roughly 45 degree angle. Make sure there is a roughly 1/2" gap between the 2 sides. This will accommodate the width of the side of the gutter.

Step 5: Add The Second Hook

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Measure 1 1/2 feet from your first bend, clamp and create another hook. This angle should be a little less than 45 degrees, and it should be in the opposite direction of your first bend. There should be a slight gap, but this is not critical.
georion1 year ago
Very Nice,thanks