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All Around the Farm, November 2012
Oil Filters, on Guard!
I took the guard from an old pedestal fan and put it upside down on an unused water softener brine tank I had. It sure makes a neat and clean way to drain oil filters. Or, if you don't have an old water softener tank, it will sit just as nicely on a 5-gallon bucket. By the way, “All Around the Farm” is the first segment of Successful Farming magazine I always turn to first thing.
Gary Burmeister Lost Nation, Iowa, 563/678-2825
Clean Out Stock Tanks
I attached about a 1×1-foot scrap piece of hail screen to a piece from the side of a cage left over when a roll of barbed wire is completely unrolled. At first I used small-gauge pieces of wire to hold them together, but I've since upgraded to plastic wire ties that hold up better. This simple tool removes pieces of feed and trash that end up floating in my stock tanks.
John Hansen McCracken, Kansas, 785/394-2316
Lazy Susan for Hand Tools is Neat and Convenient
This farm-built turntable is a very handy piece in my shop. It organizes small tools such as screwdrivers, wrenches, and locking pliers. I have, in fact, built and painted several of these steel stands. This one is 5½ feet tall, and the bottom tray has about a 30-inch diameter.
Bruce Neuenschwander Dalton, Ohio, 330/465-0119
Beats Wood Staples
I slip a #35 sash chain link over wire then drive the screw into my post, using a ¼-inch magnetic nut setter. It's the ideal fastener. It looks neat; takes less effort; won't work loose, bend or break, or split or crack posts; and zinc-plating prevents rust. I call these post huggers, and I've used them for nearly 10 years.
Richard Peters St. Marys, Kansas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Idea of the Month: Auguring Feeder Bucket
This auguring feeder bucket slashes chore time and reduces risk. The operator can speed up, slow down, or reverse the auger's flow using a variable-speed valve in the cab.
Rob Uhlenhake, Ossian, Iowa, email@example.com
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