Choose the location of your feeder. Decide how far off the ground you want it to be. If protection from predators is an issue, the feeder needs to be at least 4 ft. high. I cut 1 ft. from the 6-ft. rod with a hacksaw. Once you’ve cut the rod to length, push it into the ground. If you use something to pound the rod into the ground, place a piece of wooden board between your pounder and the end threads to protect the threads from damage, which would make it difficult to screw on the nuts.