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I'm gonna build a floating duck house/ nest box for my father in law, I was thinking about building the house on a 4 inch pvc pipe capped off platform, then anchor it to a single rope to the bottom of the pond.

I guess my questions are, is one rope in the center down ok, or should I make two, one on each side to stop it from turning.

the 4 inch pvc capped off should be plenty of flotation, would one 4 ft section on each side be ok, or should I make it more like a raft with several pipes?

just in the thinking stage right now
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Never thought of pvc as a float, i bet it will work. I'm thinking it'll take a bunch of them to float very much weight. Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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I would go with only one anchor line, that way the raft can pivot with the wind much like a boat would. If you anchor it with two and you get a lot of cross wind/waves it could get messy.

I would think that one section of PVC on each side would be sufficient but it all depends on how heavy you build the house...

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do ducks like floating houses?

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I'm gonna build a floating duck house/ nest box for my father in law, I was thinking about building the house on a 4 inch pvc pipe capped off platform, then anchor it to a single rope to the bottom of the pond.

I guess my questions are, is one rope in the center down ok, or should I make two, one on each side to stop it from turning.

the 4 inch pvc capped off should be plenty of flotation, would one 4 ft section on each side be ok, or should I make it more like a raft with several pipes?

just in the thinking stage right now
Assuming there isn't much water movement, I'd go with a single rope to tie it down. One tube on each side should be ok, depending on how much weight you're planning on floating. Try some experimentation to see what works. I'd use the bathtub to test it out.

And like George asked, do ducks like floating houses?
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I'm gonna build a floating duck house/ nest box for my father in law, I was thinking about building the house on a 4 inch pvc pipe capped off platform, then anchor it to a single rope to the bottom of the pond.

I guess my questions are, is one rope in the center down ok, or should I make two, one on each side to stop it from turning.

the 4 inch pvc capped off should be plenty of flotation, would one 4 ft section on each side be ok, or should I make it more like a raft with several pipes?

just in the thinking stage right now
Interesting idea. As near as I can figure, one 4 ft section of PVC will displace about 65 lbs of water. Figure the diameter of the pipe is about 4.5 inches, pi x radius squared times length gives about 740 cubic inches. If I remember correctly 1 gallon is about .66 cubic feet or 95 cubic inches. Also, from memory, water is about 8 lbs per gallon. Somebody better check my assumptions before hanging their hat on this though. The ol memory ain't what it used to be

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Just a suggestion, you might try and put some type of rutter(I'm sure its not called a rutter) on the back of it so that when the wind blows the opening will always be away from the wind.

As for floatation, how about pool noodles!! They are about a buck each and you can cut them to whatever length you want. I know for a fact that one of them will float 280 pounds!! I have a boat project that I am working on that required me to remove some factory installed flotation foam. I am replacing it with sections of pool noodles to retain the bouyancy. It will all be under the deck hidden. I'm sure it could be hidden on a duck house as well.

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Will a floating nesting box provide enough protection from predators? Here in southern Louisiana the snakes will eat the eggs before they can hatch unless you keep them out with a predator Sheild. Wood duck boxes are usual put a top a pole with a conical metal guard a foot or so up the pole.
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I made it heavier than I should have, it floats ok, but I did add some flotation foam under the deck. the tubes floated it right at the wood line, the added foam lifted it out of the water. I'll have a few changes for it, but it floats solid and doesn't rock or tip.

as far as preditors/ snakes/ and such, I figure they'll probably still get the eggs and maby the ducks, but it's what my father in law wanted.
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dat - unless you're charging him for your work it sure is nice of you to make it for him. If that's what he wants, it's all that is important. Good for you.
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no charge, he had been talking about buying one for a while so I built one. I'll try to find somebody with a computer friendly camera to get some pictures. it's kinda like an old barn style with a loft
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it is kinda like this but a barn style like the bottom picture


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the only thing I see that may or mat not pose a problem is that the anchor rope is long enough to allow for differences in water height so as not to drown the residents during a storm or unusually high tidal flow.
Other than that it is very kool post pics when done please.
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Wondering if you made the barn style? My son is working on an Eagle Project. A local retirement horse farm is wanting a duck house built for their pond and would like it barn style with a cupola if possible. I would love to see plans if you have them? Get info from you. Luella.alcorn@yahoo.com
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Interesting idea. As near as I can figure, one 4 ft section of PVC will displace about 65 lbs of water. Figure the diameter of the pipe is about 4.5 inches, pi x radius squared times length gives about 740 cubic inches. If I remember correctly 1 gallon is about .66 cubic feet or 95 cubic inches. Also, from memory, water is about 8 lbs per gallon. Somebody better check my assumptions before hanging their hat on this though. The ol memory ain't what it used to be
Google says one gallon is 0.133 ft, which is 231 in. You were correct, 1 gallon is 8.3 pounds. So 3.25 gallons per pvc, 27 pounds per pvc. So, how much do these ducks weigh? You may have to keep them on a strict diet.

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