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 on: April 22, 2017, 10:50:57 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Did some work fixing the chicken coop today. I replaced one of the doors with a piece of 3/4 inch plywood and did some reinforcing. It really only needs one door. Picked up some chain link corners to make two more panels. We have a bunch of 4 foot high chain link so we'll be using that to make the panels, although they are about 6 feet high so there will be some overlap but since the chain link was free I'll take it. The panel frames are made and one section of chain link is on it, it will need another section (top) and then the other panel will need chain link. Once those are up the chickens can go outside.

So close to having them out of the house :)

 on: April 21, 2017, 06:07:38 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
I added two feet of light chain, overkill for this but light enough, with three hooks for suspending the pot or cup over a fire using a stick. There is also a carbiner on the end, it can either slip over the stick or use when wrapping the chain around a stick and clipping to the chain.

I have some thin gauge sheet steel, some is stainless, I'm thinking of using to make a platform  for solid fuel tablets. I can use the alcohol stove platform as a template and it would go in place of the alcohol platform when using solid fuel tablets. This will put the tablet fuel closer to the cup or bottle when heating. I was thinking about the tablet fuels being very useful when you don't want smoke for some reason, or there are no sticks around. I have an ammo can full military trioxine tablets and  Esbit or Coghlan's fuel tablets are fairly cheap, Esbit tablets come in a couple of different sizes so you can have burn times of 5 or 14 minutes... nice if you just want to heat up a drink versus boiling water.

 on: April 18, 2017, 09:06:15 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Do you mean Tom Brown? I've read some interesting reviews on him, I read parts of a couple of his books and I'm kind of undecided on him.

 on: April 17, 2017, 10:34:36 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Hiddenone
There is a whole series of books by Dan Brown out there that would merit adding to the list.

 on: April 17, 2017, 08:41:29 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Well, the girlfriend finally got her chickens and ducks. They've been living in the spare bedroom next to my office for a couple of weeks until it's warm enough to put em outside. The chickens will be ready this week and the ducks have about another week. 12 chickens make less noise than 4 ducks, and less mess too.

Over the weekend we did some work on fencing around the chicken coop and some repairs, a free garden shed last year was just about perfect. Tonight I spent some time helping her make nesting boxes, there is still some work to do there but it won't take long. I have lots of scrap wood to make the nesting boxes out of. I'll have to run some electrical wire in the coop for a couple of lights and a couple of electrical outlets, there will be a need for heat lamps and possibly heaters come winter. I'm thinking of putting in three light circuits, one for a regular light, one for a red LED (night light basically) and one for heat lamps. I'm not sure on the heat lamps, I may just use a couple of switched outlets.

 on: April 17, 2017, 08:34:01 PM 
Started by Canuck In Denver - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Got a couple of books, the one Spence recommended and one on tracking "Mammal Tracks & Sign". I needed a good book on tracking and have had my eye on this one for a while, finally got a good price on a used copy in damn near new shape, I was expecting a 3rd edition but I'm still happy with a 1st edition. Putting books on an Amazon list and checking daily leads to some great deals

 on: April 13, 2017, 04:54:09 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Nice :)

 on: April 13, 2017, 04:52:22 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Canuck In Denver
I like the idea of the mount for the post vice. I picked up one last year for $15 and it's just sitting in the shop. Maybe an old steel rim as the base, will have to see what I can come up with.

 on: April 13, 2017, 04:49:20 PM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Canuck In Denver
Gonna be busy!

No garden prep for me as of yet this year, then again anything before June and you may get clobbered by frost. Not mention with repairs, the plow truck and saving up for the new to me 99 Super Duty come fall money is tight. Garden preps this year would involve raised beds (money) as well as compost and vermiculite to make the "soil" (money). I already have a bunch of peat moss so should be good there.

 on: April 13, 2017, 08:33:31 AM 
Started by Hiddenone - Last post by Hiddenone
 I got tired of pulling up all the plastic mulch we lay every year for our gardens by hand. The idea I had about building a 3 point unit has kind of come to fruition. I used scrap steel I had and built one although rather crude it works kind of. I have been making some what I thought were improvements to it and it turned into too much over engineering. I have to cut off all but 6 of the sweeps I added to it and change the angle on the unit I think to make it work. I know for sure it will be under $100 to do this and I sure as hell don't want to pay $2500 for a factory built one either.
   The best part is it is even as screwed up as it is right now much faster than pulling it up by hand. I have it pulled off the tractor right now and in the shop to work on it. Since I moved the welder and chop saw up to the mower repair barn it is much easier to work on those things. I have a welder table that sits outside and I don't have to worry about sparks flying all over the place. It also makes it easy to just backup and drop the things I am working on off the tractor or pickup instead of having to drag them into the other shop and make a bunch of space to work on them.
    I also rebuilt an old post vice that was in an iron pile that I salvaged. I welded a 6x6 inch post to a very large disc blade and welded a mounting plate to  the top with holes drilled where needed to mount the vice then cut a hole in the bottom of the disc blade for the post vice leg. painted it all up and mounted the vice to it. It works great because I can move it where ever I want to use it and it is virtually indestructible. You never have to worry about room to work on things and you don't fill the shop with smoke when working with the welder either. Since the welding table is 4x8 foot you have a good large surface to work on things. One of the things I did was leave the top open and since it is made with heavy 2x2 inch steel tube with plenty of cross braces I never have a problem with having a open area to clamp things to. I welded tabs on the outside edge to have stops and a place that I can instantly square thing that I am welding. I have a buddy who is a welder by trade an he said he was going to build a table like that because it made a lot of sense to him to do it that way.

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