EZ-Tilt Birdbath 20" dia x 2" deep
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
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