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Old 05-16-2019, 04:52 AM
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Put a plastic/rubber snake in there.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:44 AM
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I've been fighting the same problem with starlings for years. Tearing the nest out really doesn't stop them. What's really bad, outside of the bird crap on everything, is they get grease on their feathers and then shake it off all over the motor boxes and the pilings where they sit. The only thing that I have found that works and still let's you operate the lift is good old duct tape! Tape all of the holes and around the electric wire and get as close as you can around the pulleys and belt. You may have to go back and patch it up once or twice, birds are amazingly strong for their size and actually can tear a hole in the tape if they can get a grip on an edge somewhere.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
The covers are removable. Spray foam would not be viable.
You can put vasaline on anything you don't want the foam to stick to.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by TipsyMcStagger View Post
Is there any chemical or substance than can be applied to the inside of a boat lift motor cover that will discourage birds from nesting?



Plastic garden netting. Draped over or just in the back. Once they have nested for the season you can remove it. They ain’t gonna move then.
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Old 05-16-2019, 06:31 AM
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Windows screen or the cut to fit foam board. Could also cut starboard to block it as well. Foam would be cheaper. Hardest part will be by the belt. Might want to use bendable but stiff chicken wire. Shape it and cut it around the moving parts. Also might be able to bend it so it holds itself in so no screws. It would also not block airflow. Just need to find the galvanized or rust resistant roll.

One more thing is there a back cover for that model? I have seen some with a two (or multi) part cover for lift motors like yours. Most people take or leave the back cover off. Easier to work on the motor with it not there.

Something like




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Old 05-16-2019, 06:18 PM
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cover the entire backside in wire mesh.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:38 PM
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Here is what comes with a typical cover kit, front and rear. Front has hinges, couldn't be easier to service.


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Old 05-16-2019, 08:22 PM
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They make a 2-piece cover (pictures a few posts ago). About $200 a pop but well worth it. Will keep birds out but persistent squirrels can chew thru the plastic.

Protip, drill a small hole through the front and back cover and hold them together with a few zip ties. Big front cover basically just snaps on and can liberate in a strong wind
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Hossharris View Post
They make a 2-piece cover (pictures a few posts ago). About $200 a pop but well worth it. Will keep birds out but persistent squirrels can chew thru the plastic.
The two piece cover looks like a good solution. I'll see if I can find them.
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:11 AM
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Originally Posted by captpepin View Post
So for $200 each aka $400 I would just buy galvinized 1/4 mesh some staples that hammer into the piling and bolts fender washers and wing nuts as on the stainless bracket you have some empty holes and cover the gap.
Thanks for the suggestion but I'd like a cleaner solution. I don't mind paying for the two-piece covers if they're effective, although on closer inspection, it appears the entire motor plate assembly would need to be removed to fit the back-half of the two piece cover.

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Old 05-17-2019, 05:29 AM
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What ever you do make sure its tight, they are very persistent and can squeeze past the smallest of openings. I've been battling them with a back awning on my house (came with it)...
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:30 AM
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Try one of these: https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/pr...w?cm_vc=-10005

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Old 05-17-2019, 06:33 AM
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Neighbor had one. I used to see birds perched on the Owl's head all the time.
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:49 AM
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https://boatliftworld.com/boat-lift-...nit-cover.html
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Old 05-17-2019, 06:55 AM
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Thanks. I found that earlier.

I just spoke with the local company who built/installed this lift (for previous home owner). The lift is probably 15 years old or older. They now use the two piece covers, among other improvements, and confirmed that the motor plate needs to be disassembled for the rear plate to be installed (fairly obvious from the photos).

I'll probably go this route and replace the belts while I'm at it. It's a bit involved but it'll alleviate a lot of aggravation.

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Old 05-17-2019, 06:59 AM
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put a fake owl on top of the box.

works for us
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