Another question for all of you,
I have one of those birdfeeders that goes into a window like an air
conditioner. I haven't used it in years but would like to. I need to put
something on both sides since it doesn't reach the edges of my window. I was
thinking of using Styrofoam boards that I've gotten from packaging. It would
be easy for me to cut into the proper size. I would then paint it to blend
with the wall.
But is the wind and cold going to come right through it? Should I just set
it up in the warmer months to avoid a draft in my bedroom?
PS- This is on a different side of the house from those rascal squirrels.
You mean like Styrofoam? The Dow brand of Styrofoamฎ used for insulation
is always flame retardant. Styrofoam is a registered trademark for their
brand of extruded polystyrene foam
The packaging material may or may not be as there is no requirement to be
flame retardant. That material is properly called expanded polystyrene.
Material used for food contact is NOT flame retardant, but anything used for
construction, insulation of an appliance MUST be modified. It is treated
with bromides that will stop the burning if the source of ignition is
re-read original post, poster mentioned bird feeder will be attached to
residential window like window unit ac
I don't expect anyone to be spying my house for code violations. Nor do I
expect the budgies to be lighting any cigarettes or such...to cause a spark.
Not unless the squirrels become a bad influence.
I bought some foamy strips of insulation used for windows, with adhesive on
one side. I would use this to create a better seal around the styrofoam.
har har, then again, some municipality somewhere may have such an
ordinance...like the "you can't beat your uncle dad's chicken's eggs after
10 p.m." in podunk
the issue is the safety of exposed styrofoam in a residence, which may be
addressed by building codes
i don't recall seeing any exposed styrofoam (or any kind of foam for that
matter) in new residential building lately...
When use as insulation for walls, etc, it should be covered with sheetrock
to comply with codes. A couple of pieces for a bird feeder would not come
under any codes. It is not a highly flammable material. It does not
spontaneously combust. In the situation posed by the OP, it is no more
dangerous that the drapes or curtains hanging on the window or many of the
other materials normally found in a house. I doubt you keep the newspaper
in a fireproof container.
Want to see how foam is used in a house/ www.polysteel.com or
Try staying on topic. The sarcasm was justified because you
were indicating that Styrofoam was dangerous if exposed in a
house. Your comment had nothing to do with birds.
As for the danger of Styrofoam to birds, the op indicated
the Styrofoam would be to either side of the bird feeder, so
unless the birds are pecking on the house, if wouldn't
affect them. The site you gave was about bird toys; a block
of Styrofoam that is part of building is not a toy to a wild
bird and would likely be of no interest.
Sorry effi, it is not toxic. If ingested by a bird it may block the
digestive tract same as any other inert material. There is a difference
between blocking and being toxic. You pointed to a list about toys for birds
to play with.. That is different than insulating a window for a feeder.
While they should not eat any plastics, they can sit on it, nest on it,
sleep on it, and have no adverse effects EPS foam is used for coffee cups,
cooker, seafood shippers etc. It is allowed because it is on the GRAS list
and is NOT toxic.
It is recyclable, it saves energy, it is safely incinerated and gives off
18,000 Btu per pound when used to generate electricity in a trash to energy
plant. Oh, not all foam is Styrofoam. Only the product made by Dow
Chemical as that is their registered trademark for extruded polystyrene
Any other questions?
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