Monday, May 2, 2016

Hummingbird Feeder Adventure

Our hummingbird feeder has been collecting dust in the garage since we moved over a year ago.   After moving from an apartment to a house, we had other things to purchase for the house so yard beautification got pushed to the back burner for the 1st year.

After a year of Hubby working on cleaning up the yard, getting rid of the brush & overgrowth and planting grass the yard was looking really nice. It was time to add some flowers to the yard.  While digging out my potting soil and tools,  I came across the dusty hummingbird feeder again and I told Hubby that I really wanted the feeder up this year.

On our trip to get flowers at Home Depot, I looked for a Shepherd's hook to hang the hummingbird feeder on.  The hook was $15 and it had two hooks so, of course, I also wanted to buy a bird feeder to go on the other hook opposite the hummingbird feeder.   I was already stretching the budget with the cart of flowers I had so I told hubby that I may have to wait on the hook for the feeder(s).

He said "Let's go check out rebar to see how much that is."  So we headed to the opposite end of the store and found a 10 foot piece of rebar for $5.  

Hubby said that he could bend it into a hook shape and I have to admit I was a little bit skeptical.  Hubby is very strong, but I had doubts that he could bend a metal rod with his bare hands like Superman, but for $5 and I could have it NOW instead of waiting I thought it was worth a shot.

Turns out that Hubby wasn't planning on Super-manning the piece of rod, but instead he used a crook in a tree to hold the rod so he could bend it and within minutes he had the hook bent and in the ground for me!

As I stood and admired my rebar hook, I noticed that it was starting to rust and I thought "I should paint that!"  A quick coat of paint and then I got the hummingbird feeder filled and all ready to hang when I realized I didn't have a chain to attach the hummingbird feeder on to the hook. Dangnabbit!

I was so not in the mood for another trip to Home Depot so I started digging around the garage.  No chain to be found.  I started thinking what else could I use?  That is when I stumbled upon my coffee can of flat washers that I had picked up at a garage sale for a couple bucks and I was suddenly struck with inspiration.  I would use the flat washers as links and hook them together with wire.

Now, of course, I can not just have a plain washer chain.  I had to paint them!  Another quick coat of paint on the washers and wire to link them together and I had a funky chain for my hummingbird feeder.  I also used a caribiner clip for an even easier way to remove the feeder from the chain. 

 Not too bad for $5 and some odds and ends laying around the garage.

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