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Kip in Ga. 03-21-2011 08:19 AM

Bird nest under AC cover???
 
Has anyone experienced those tiny sparrows, finches, etc. slipping in under the Cover, through the larger (bottom) AC vent holes and building nest?

Those little guys build in some of the darnest places.

Those holes appear to be large enough that one could slip in there and raise a family. Is there any type of wire mesh designed specifically for that purpose, like there are for protecting furnace and Water Heater vents?

Definately don't want to block air flow. Just hoping someone has any ideas.

Thanks
Kip

Thanks,
Kip

cpaharley2008 03-21-2011 11:13 AM

I'd wait until the babies are gone and then remove the cover and put screening to prevent it from happening again next year. Same screen you should put on your hotwater and furnace vents to keep out mud daubers.

Steve Outlaw 03-21-2011 11:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Kip in Ga. (Post 241111)
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Is there any type of wire mesh designed specifically for that purpose, like there are for protecting furnace and Water Heater vents?


Thanks,
Kip

I used some 1/8" hardware cloth to cover all the openings in my A/C cover and the fridge vents to keep out the varmints. Worked great.

Steve

Kip in Ga. 03-22-2011 05:02 AM

cpaharley2008,

Are you talking about everyday screen wire, like would be used to cover windows?

Steve,

Is the 1/8" hardware cloth the same material as the 1/4" stuff. If so, is it "galvanized", and a hardware store item?

How are you guys attaching it?

Thanks,
Kip

Donna D. 03-22-2011 05:52 AM

That's probably the reason lots of people put a vinyl cover on the A/C unit during storage. ADCO Air Conditioner Cover - Product - Camping World. Must be removed during travel! Otherwise, you may leave it along side the road.

If you use screening of any kind, just be careful about restricting the air flow.

Steve Outlaw 03-23-2011 08:11 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Kip in Ga. (Post 241241)
cpaharley2008,

Are you talking about everyday screen wire, like would be used to cover windows?

Steve,

Is the 1/8" hardware cloth the same material as the 1/4" stuff. If so, is it "galvanized", and a hardware store item?

How are you guys attaching it?

Thanks,
Kip



Yes, this is the same stuff, only smaller. Any well equipped hardware store should have it. I think I paid about 6-7 dollars for enough to do both fridge vents, the AC and still had about half of it left. I cut pieces of it to fit and used self-tapping sheet metal screws and washers on the AC. I took the cover off and installed it from the inside. Very neat looking from the outside. For the fridge vents, I hand molded it to fit the inside and attached it with hot glue. Worked like a charm.

Steve

Kip in Ga. 03-24-2011 07:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Outlaw (Post 241521)
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Yes, this is the same stuff, only smaller. Any well equipped hardware store should have it. I think I paid about 6-7 dollars for enough to do both fridge vents, the AC and still had about half of it left. I cut pieces of it to fit and used self-tapping sheet metal screws and washers on the AC. I took the cover off and installed it from the inside. Very neat looking from the outside. For the fridge vents, I hand molded it to fit the inside and attached it with hot glue. Worked like a charm.

Steve

Thanks Steve!


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