How to easily make your own DIY bird feeder pole from an inexpensive piece of EMT pipe.
I’ve been wanting a bird feeder for our back deck ever since we moved into the cottage. The hubs was never interested in having one (he didn’t want to spend $ on a feeder and food) so instead of waiting for him to change his mind, I decided to just go out and get supplies myself.
- ¾”x10′ EMT (electrical metallic tube) conduit
- conduit bender
- bird feeder
The bird feeder and all of my other supplies were easily found at the hardware store but I wasn’t crazy about the bird feeder poles that they offered. They were all pretty short and skimpy, plus they cost more than I wanted to spend. It took me a hot second to decide that I needed to find something else to make my own pole, and spend less money, so I searched the aisles.
It didn’t take long to find exactly what I needed in the electrical section, a 10′ piece of ¾” EMT conduit. I could make the perfect DIY bird feeder pole with it and it was super affordable at just under $5.
One issue though was that the conduit was straight and I needed a bend in it so I could hang my bird feeder. We don’t have a conduit bender at home so I borrowed one from the store and put a quick little bend in it.
Once I was home with my new bird feeder and pole, I quickly got to work hanging it. First I drilled a hole in the curved end for my hook.
Next, I used a spade bit to drill a hole in the deck railing, making it just large enough to fit the pipe in.
I snaked my conduit into the hole and added 2 screws at the bottom to secure it to the deck.
I hung the hook in the hole I drilled at the end of the conduit, and hung the filled bird feeder on that.
Easy peasy…and less dough than a regular bird feeder pole. Not only was my bird feeder going feed my feathered friends, but I was going to be able to see them up close and right outside our window.
I was worried about the birds wanting to come so close to the house but, when I came back to the yard after putting my tools away, I already had a visitor. Less than 5 minutes after it was up!
It’s been fun watching all of the different birds come to visit and trying to identify them all. The hubs has also been enjoying it, just like I knew he would.
One good thing about this tall pole is that the squirrels have left the bird feeder alone. I caught one looking around one day but they haven’t attempted the climb. Hopefully they’ll stay that way.
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