How to Install Dura-Spike Bird Spikes
Dura-Spike Installation InstructionsDura-Spike is one of the easiest bird control products to install, and by far the least expensive stainless steel spike product available in the U.S.
Dura-Spike's thin wires are strong enough to repel the most aggressive pigeons and gulls, yet thin enough to virtually disappear on most ledges.
Dura-Spike comes in 3-foot sections. It is available in three spike widths: Dura-Spike Narrow (2-1/2"), Wide (5") and Xtra-Wide (8") all made entirely of 304 marine-grade stainless steel. Dura-Spike stacks neatly in cases with 34 pieces for a total of 102 feet.
When installing Dura-Spike to a ledge, beam or pipe, keep two things in mind for a successful application:
- Proper placement of the product on the ledge
- Securely fastening the product to the ledge
Product PlacementOne of the great benefits of Dura-Spike is that you can leave unprotected space between rows of the product, and between the back row and wall. As you can see from the diagrams above, tips can be placed up to 2" apart, and the tips of the rods can be up to 2" from the back wall - that's free coverage! The rods must overhang the outer edge by at least 1/2".
Examples: Dura-Spike Wide can be used to protect a one-sided ledge up to seven inches wide.
A 12-inch ledge (one-sided) can be protected with two rows of Dura-Spike Wide.
FasteningDura-Spike can be glued or screwed to the ledge. If screwing, we recommend 5 - 7 screws per three-foot section. But using Bird Barrier Bond is by far the preferable technique; it is far faster, and actually more secure, as the entire strip is fastened securely to the ledge.
Using Bird Barrier BondThe three-foot section of Dura-Spike should receive twelve to fifteen equally-spaced marble-sized dabs. You do not want to run a continuous bead as you will create a water barrier. Apply the four to five dabs per foot. Then simply place the strip in the correct position and press firmly to the ledge. You want the Bond to come out the sides and squirt up through the screw holes.
Bond Coverage using Bird Barrier Bond10.2 oz cartridge = 30-35 feet. 3.75 oz tube = 12 feet.
Using Self-Tapping ScrewsDura-Spike can be installed using small self-tapping screws. We recommend nine screws per 3-foot piece, not one screw per hole. If you are using a drill motor, you should obtain a long 1/4" magnetic nut driver (at least 5" long).
Installation Time EstimateThree to six feet per minute.