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Installation Instructions for Bird Slide





BirdSlide® has been  proven to be the most efficient and  cost effective  product application  for ledges  eaves  and angle irons. BirdSlide® is a one time fix for bird free protection.  It is lightweight,  easy to cut, effortless  to handle, and totally harmless to the birds. It is important to understand that BirdSlide® will evict all birds from their roosting and nesting  areas when  properly installed.

Step 1: Clean

Cleaning the affected  nesting or roosting  areas  is an important and necessary  step for the proper  installation of BirdSlide®.

Because  BirdSlide® is bonded to the affected  surface;  proper cleaning  is necessary  for maximum  adhesion.

Over time, the buildup of bird droppings on a ledge, beam or eave can become quite a mess. All of the bird waste and debris must be thoroughly and carefully removed. It is recommended that the bird feces and debris be first wetted and neutralized with a disinfectant. This will reduce the potential  of breathing in hazardous aerosolized spores  and will make your cleaning  job easier. Use a disposable cloth to wipe area clean. Sometimes a hard nylon bristle brush will be necessary to remove droppings that are oxidized  and have become hardened and encrusted into the surface. If there is a large build-up of bird feces, pressure washing may be necessary.

Note: It is important to always follow  standard pest control safety procedures when cleaning and removing large amounts of bird waste. It is recommended that

proper attire  be worn  which  includes: a hazardous material suit  (complete with  hood, goggles), boots, gloves and a respirator. Some  areas with  a high content of bird feces  will leave behind a stain even  after  you have manually cleaned or pressure washed the  surface. This staining will not affect the adhesion process as long  as the surface is clean  and dry. Only  those areas that

will receive the BirdSlide® product will require manual cleaning or pressure washing (unless of course, you want to impress your  customer). It is strongly recommended that you “clean  up your mess”  and properly dispose of all bird feces. You will have  time to perform this task  because the  pressure washed area  will need  time to dry before you adhere the BirdSlide® to your structure.

Important: All surface areas  must  be  dry before attempting to install BirdSlide®.

While you are  waiting for the structure to dry, you can  begin  preparing the  necessary tools  and  materials that  you will need  for the installation  stage

Tools for Installation

BirdSlide® does not require a lot of tools for installation. Simple cutting tools and adhesive is all you will need to begin installing. We recommend you have a hacksaw, tin snips, razor knife, tape  measure, adhesive tubes and “caulking gun”, and a marking pencil. An option to

consider  would be to have a support

technician cutting the BirdSlide® beams to size with a portable table saw. This would enable the installation process  to proceed  more  rapidly.


Step 2: Measure

Before you begin  installation  you will need  to measure out the area that will need  BirdSlide®. BirdSlide® is manufactured in 4-foot  length  beams that  can  be  custom cut to fit the affected  area. Measure  out the surface  area to be covered.  Measure  both width and  the depth  of the surface area  to be  treated. Measure  and  mark  the  BirdSlide

™ beam and cut the size needed. Simple cutting tools like tin-snips, handsaws or a razor knife can be used to trim away excess area. A good  job of measuring and  trimming BirdSlide® will insure a clean finished fit. And after color matching BirdSlide® with a primer and exterior coat paint it will be virtually undetectable.

BirdSlide® can be custom cut to fit most areas. The depth of the affected  surface  will determine how much of the slide trim area  or “fin” will need to be trimmed away. If the depth is greater  than 5-7/8”, BirdSlide® Slide on Leg Extensions will be needed and  are available from your local distributor.  The extensions can be stacked  and  bonded together  to create  a longer  slide that will cover the larger  area  (see diagram A).

BirdSlide® Slide on Leg Extensions will provide coverage for depths larger  than  6 inches.  For technical  support  call BirdSlide® at 1-866-48 BIRDS for more  information. Now that you have  custom cut the BirdSlide® beams for the measured area, it is time  to  prepare the  beam for installation.

Step 3: Install

In the center  of the bottom of the BirdSlide® drill 1/2” holes every 12  inches in a straight line lengthwise down the center. (See  Diagram B).  After you have  drilled  the  holes, wipe away the plastic shavings and any electrostatic dust that might be clinging to the plastic beam. Using your caulking gun, apply  the  urethane based  adhesive generously over  the

hole and  on the bottom surface of the BirdSlide beam (See Diagram C). Enough adhesive should push through the hole  to create  a mushroom head

on  the  inside  triangle   of BirdSlide®  (See  Diagram D). This  will create   a “bolt” or  mushroom head  effect that  will enhance the  adhesion process.   In addition   to the  holes,  lay down  a  generous amount of adhesive on  the  bottom   of the BirdSlide® beam with a squiggle   motion  (back  and   forth) ie….WWWWWWWWWW 

Before you begin installing your trimmed BirdSlide® beams, be  sure that the   surface area that has been cleaned in Step 1 is completely dry  and free of dust.

Installing BirdSlide® is very much like installing tiles or grout  in your bathtub. You want to make  sure  that enough adhesive is laid down  on the BirdSlide® beam to secure  a strong  hold.  This will insure  a clean  secure  bond.

Tap the BirdSlide® into place  and  wipe away any excess adhesive before  it dries.  The drying or curing  of then adhesive bond  will take up to 24 hours.  However, within minutes  BirdSlide® will be  attached strong  enough for you to begin  the last step:  Painting.

and there is no  set  angle to cut them.  The best way  is to cut them  manually as  you  go.

When installing  BirdSlide® on ledges with a depth  greater than 6”, leg extensions  are necessary to cover these greater depths.  Leg extensions  come  in 6”x4’  and are

also a


BirdSlide® comes  with a variety of accessories: seam connectors, slide on leg extensions  as well end caps.  End caps come in 3 different sizes: small, medium, and large.  If your installation requires  leg extensions,  you will need  a medium or large end cap to close off the ends of BirdSlide® when BirdSlide® is installed on open ledges.  If your installation  does not require  leg extensions you can use the small end caps to cover the ends on an open ledge.  End caps are designed to fit snug into the triangle  part of BirdSlide®. A dab  of adhesive  is all that is needed  and  it is secured. By using end caps you will prevent birds from hiding behind BirdSlide® on open  ledges.


“Think like a Bird”

Remember that in order to eliminate nuisance birds from a building you must think like a bird. Look for natural flat surfaces that occur on the structure that appear to be potential  areas for roosting or nesting. The most desirable areas for nuisance birds to nest are often sheltered flat surfaces  or areas that are  somewhat protected by a stationary barrier (wall, I-beam etc) from wind currents and the outside elements. These areas must be eliminated. In consultation with your customer,  use your best judgment as to the extent of the coverage area that will be needed.

Step 4: Painting

BirdSlide® can  be custom color matched to blend  in with the structure you are  working on. To achieve  a quality result when  painting  BirdSlide®, preparation is key. First, the BirdSlide® beams should  be wiped clean  of any dust particles. Then,  it is suggested that  you paint  the beams  with a water  based exterior  coat  primer  to prevent premature paint  chipping.  This will also  enhance the  color

and  longevity of the paint.  Many home  improvement stores, paint  stores  and  hardware stores  will offer a wide selection of quality primers  and  exterior coat paints  that will work  well with BirdSlide®. Another quick and  easy painting alternative  to consider  is aerosol enamel spray  paint.  It works well with BirdSlide and  comes  in many colors but some colors can be limited. If an exact color match  is not critical, cans  of enamel spray  paint  can  be an  effective and suitable  painting  solution.  Spray paints  can also be found in the many  locations  already  mentioned.

Remember to thoroughly  coat  the beam with the exterior paint.  This will provide  that clean  finished look. Drying time will depend on the climate  and  the paint  you are  using. Be sure to review the information on the back  of your paint  can for drying time. Now that you have finished painting  you have  completed the final step of your installation.  You and your customer  can  review a job well done  and  a bird  control system that will immediately  begin  working to deter nuisance  birds.

BirdSlide®...The long lasting, easy-to-install  bird control barrier  that will provide  you with years of “bird-free” protection.

Attention  Bird   Control Managers:   For  large commercial jobs, BirdSlide® can be pre-color matched  in the manufacturing  Process. Ask your authorized  distributor for  details.

WARNING:  All surface areas must be thoroughly cleaned and  pressure washed if necessary to remove  all bird debris and droppings. It is important  to exercise safety  precautions when  removing bird waste. Proper

clothing  and respirators are recommended. Consult your local licensed pest control company for further information. Do Not begin  installing BirdSlide® until all surface areas are dry. Areas that are not dry will not create  a secure  bond. Make sure to use urethane based adhesive for maximum bonding  strength.