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Old 29-06-2012, 19:45   #1
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Wind Vane Problem

The culprits are Purple Martens. I love the little guys; they're very entertaining but one of the things they like to do is use the wind vane like a Merry-Go-Round. They land i=on it and it spins round giving them a ride. Unfortunately it seems to have done something to the vane so it flukes a lot and when it does read seems to read in reverse.

I'm guessing the vane is bent but don't really know. I haven't climbed to the top yet but wondered if anyone had dealt with a similar problem and could give me an idea of what to expect up there? If it's bent will it be possible to straighten it? What are some replacement options?

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Old 29-06-2012, 20:03   #2
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Re: Wind Vane Problem

To straighten it nicely might necessitate a second trip up the mast, if you were to have to bring it down to straighten it. I'd be more inclined to replace it with either a Davis with the bird spike or with one or two that mount on the shrouds where chicken hearts like me aren't afraid of ascending to.
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Re: Wind Vane Problem

I haven't hear of mounting them on the shrouds. I like that idea. You can actually see the things.
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Re: Wind Vane Problem

Unfortunately I can't say how well they work, as I only discovered them on the Davis web site after I had bought the one with the bird spike.
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Re: Wind Vane Problem

My gauges are B&G. It looks like the masthead unit is over $1000. Makes the $30 shroud vanes look pretty good! I guess I'll try straightening but a couple of vanes on the shrouds seems like a good idea.
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