EZ-Tilt Birdbath 20" dia x 2" deep
Birds Love it!
I purchased one of these baths approximately 6-years ago. The one I have didn't include a de-icer. I had used the bracket for the first year or two and it did hold the bath in place on my deck, but we painted the deck and I didn't want the bracket to scrape the paint off (Deck paint has since worn anyway). I found I didn't really need it. The bath sits on the corner of my deck rail and is heavy enough that it does not blow off. I have a de-icer that I purchased to include in the bath during colder months to keep the water available for the birds and squirrels. I've even had a red-tailed hawk check it out.
The only problem I've had is with the squirrels taking nibbles of plastic off around the rim. Not as nice looking as it use to be, but still useable. Easy to clean with a brush and I use vinegar to scrub, add baking soda to neutralize and rinse well.
January 19, 2015
Excellent as an on-the-ground birdbath
I have two of these at home. I don't use the mounting hardware, as I built a little rock garden and set the baths directly on the ground. They are sturdy and well-made. In the winter, when the water ices up, they are strong enough to withstand being slammed into the ground (to loosen the ice#. After two very bad winters, they haven't cracked yet #and they hold a lot of water). I fill them with very hot water in the winter. The birds love them, as do the squirrels and feral cats.
December 17, 2013
Birdbath froze over at 10 degrees. I purchase this in September and do like it because it is easy to discard the old water but am terribly disappointed that it is not going to available to the birds when they will be needing fresh water.
November 14, 2014
Mounting Hardware is Grossly Inadequate
Don't be fooled by the pictures; the bracket you are to mount on a 2" x 4" or 2" x 6" fence rail does NOT have lips that curl around the bottom of the rail to secure the bracket. The bracket, as designed, mainly stays on the rail due to gravity. When you follow their directions and finger tighten the bolts and then use a wrench and "turn approximately 3/4 turn on each bolt", you will find that you can simply lift the bracket off the fence rail. The bracket metal is not thick enough or strong enough for the bolts to exert vice-like force on the fence rail; the bracket bends. Couple that with no lips and, to have a chance, you need to drill some holes in the bracket to make sure it doesn't fly off your deck rail.
With the bracket securely mounted with screws the next weakness of the mounting hardware will become obvious; the upper bracket and lower bracket are also relying mainly on gravity to stay together. "5. Lower the bath onto the lower bracket until the upper bracket snaps into the "locking hole" of the lower bracket." The upper bracket has two stamped lips that are supposed to secure it to the lower bracket; however, these lips are no more than 1/16" protrusions. While there is a hole in the lower bracket on one side and a lip on the other to which a well designed and sturdier upper bracket could adequately fasten, that is not currently the case. I fear that my new birdbath will become a flying saucer in our next wind storm.
November 16, 2013