Hey guys, I'm looking for a better Feeder setup. I got yellow screened plugs from "better bee", which came with no info on suggested use. A 2 inch hole saw leaves a hole just a bit too loose (plug stays in, but it takes all of an hour for all the contents to leak out of the 2 gallon bucket). A 1 7/8 hole saw is too small for the plug to fit into the resulting hole at all. I use duct tape to get a tighter fit, but the results aren't consistent. I'm better than I used to be, but still ruin 1 love d in 20 every time I feed (lid cracks when pushing the plug in). The buckets are 2 gallon plastic buckets from home Depot. They're ok, except they get brittle after a while.
Before going with the plugs I would just drill holes in the lid. Worked great once, but under the best of circumstances the lids are a pain to remove to refill, and I'd break about 1 in 3.
What are people using to make top feeders? Please be specific about where you get the buckets, plugs, etc. Or if you use these better bee screened plugs like I do, how do you get them to work properly? I was thinking about a 1 15/16 inch hole saw, but i'd have to order it on line, and it gets old ordering or buying hole saws to find they don't work.