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manderz



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Bird bath help Reply with quote

I accidentally put boiling water in our bird bath this winter to melt the ice Embarassed how embarassing and it made a crack of course, fortunately it its quite thin and the water doesn't disappear..although its gone right through. I am thinking of fixing it somehow but can anyone suggest what I can use?? It's like a stone kind of affair. It would be nice to keep it another few years if I can.

Thanks heaps.

Mandy
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Nobby



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about a concrete pond repair kit? You could try a serch on Google.
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manderz



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobby wrote:
How about a concrete pond repair kit? You could try a serch on Google.
Brett.


Are you pulling my leg or do you think such things exist?? what about no more nails??? Laughing sorry - I thank you, I will have a look!!

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Nobby



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure they do as concrete ponds always get cracks and leak.
Not sure about no more nails as there is not enough serface area also it may be toxic.

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Boo



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about exterior Polyfilla, waterproof of course!
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manderz



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nobby wrote:
I'm sure they do as concrete ponds always get cracks and leak.
Not sure about no more nails as there is not enough serface area also it may be toxic.

Brett.


Sorry, I know you couldn't use no more nails... the product facinates me though... I mean could you possibly use something like that to stick up a book shelf with heavy books and it wouldn't fall down?? Do you remember there was an add for something where a chap was stuck on a chair to the wall?? Shocked

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Mandy
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jo-amiga



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2007 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i turned my bird table upside down and put on top of it a paint tray - the birds love it as it has a shallow end and a deep end so suits all sizes of birds both for drinking and bathing Banana!
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i am not sure where to put the diving board tho` Laughing

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Peter



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jo-amiga wrote:
i turned my bird table upside down and put on top of it a paint tray - the birds love it as it has a shallow end and a deep end so suits all sizes of birds both for drinking and bathing Banana!
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i am not sure where to put the diving board tho` Laughing


You feeding white rabbits too...do they fly in?
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Nina



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will have to ask my husband what it is that is used to repair concrete, I know they use a kind of PVA adhesive to fix them, then they skim over the surfaces with a filler to make repairs invisible. There is a special substance that can then be painted over the surface to make the surface waterproof, and this has to be environmentally friendly for birds and water creatures.
Hope this will enable a proper fix in the summer.

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Tricia



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nina wrote:
I will have to ask my husband what it is that is used to repair concrete, I know they use a kind of PVA adhesive to fix them, then they skim over the surfaces with a filler to make repairs invisible. There is a special substance that can then be painted over the surface to make the surface waterproof, and this has to be environmentally friendly for birds and water creatures.
Hope this will enable a proper fix in the summer.


Hi Nina - I too would be very interested in what is used. My Mother has a very old but beautiful bird bath which leaks like the proverbial seive, and so far we haven't been able to find anything bird-friendly as a possible fix.

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Nina



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hubby couldn't remember the name or brand, but he said it was called a sealant, not a paint. It could be bought from aquarists (aquarium shops ) or from large garden centres that feature water plants.
Dry the broken parts, fix with superstong adhesive, leave to dry thoroughly, skim with someting like pollyfilla, allow to dry thoroughly again. Once properly dried, then cote the water containing part, then coat with this sealant, there may need to be two coats of sealant applied.
I do hope someone will mange to find out the name of the product, but I recall it was easily available a couple of years ago.

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Tricia



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 16, 2008 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Nina for the info. and the excellent instructions Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Bird bath help Reply with quote

manderz wrote:
I accidentally put boiling water in our bird bath this winter to melt the ice :




Eeek I've been doing that all winter- I won't any more.

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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Bird bath help Reply with quote

Dawn wrote:
manderz wrote:
I accidentally put boiling water in our bird bath this winter to melt the ice :


Eeek I've been doing that all winter- I won't any more.


It depends on the material that the bath is made of - I've been using a smallish quantity of boiling water in ours for years, but one is just a plastic plant pot saucer, and the other is a very old and made of fibreglass.

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dampflippers



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about araldite? Make sure it is completely dry. Once cured it will be waterproof.
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