Birdwire is one of the most discreet ledge products available. It effectively protects light to medium pressure exposed ledges from pigeons and larger birds. It does not work on recessed ledges or in nesting or roosting areas unless it is electrified (BirdFence). Because it blends so well with architecture, it is the only approved product for the federal government’s historical buildings and other installations where visibility is important, like upscale museums or hotels. It can also be used to deter soaring birds from large open areas when installed in a grid pattern (Gridwire – call for more details). A Birdwire installation consists of two key elements:
As the diagram indicates, the first row of posts (on the outer edge of the ledge) should be no more than 1″ from the edge. The posts behind the first post should be no more than 3″ apart. The gap behind the last post and the back wall can be no more than 3″. Posts are mounted no more than five feet down the length of the ledge. The wire is installed in ten foot sections. A spring is installed at one end, while both ends are made into a loop with small Birdwire crimps.
As shown by the diagrams, the wires are mounted above the ledge in alternating heights: 3.5″ and 5″. A variety of installation options are available for different substrate materials. A space of three inches is left between the posts from front to back, and a five foot space is left between posts along the length of the ledge. Springs are installed (and the wire is terminated) every ten feet.
Anchoring Your Posts by Drilling Holes – Concrete, Stone or Wood
Work in ten foot sections.
Anchoring Your Posts without Drilling Holes – Using Stick-on-Bases Work in ten foot sections.
Important Note About Using Glue: It is critical that you test a few bases before gluing them all down. Many glues may not hold to your surface. If using Bird Barrier Bond, apply a marble-sized dab to the base, press down to the ledge, then pull the base up off the ledge for about two minutes, then re-press in place. This starts the evaporation process that is critical for the glue to dry. If you need extra-fast drying, use Bird Barrier Super Bond (see the catalog).
10.2 oz cartridge = 125 bases, 3.75 oz tube = 50.
About 35 minutes for 25′ (two rows).