Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The things we bring in our houses....
As farmers, we bring a multitude of things into our garages, houses, basements. It is nothing for me to clean used needles (caps on - that is a rule!) out of the folds of the washing machine, along with nuts & bolts, the occasional wrench, and whatever else may not have gotten completely cleaned out of coat pockets! This week, I've been working in the garage on reinforcing heifer bunks from our wean calf barn. As the heifers get older, they have begun a habit of standing in the feed bunk.
Partially done with reinforcing the bottom
Adding top rail supports
The sheet of plywood on the bottom just wasn't quite enough to support them, and they've been cracking the plywood & pushing out the reinforcing 2x4. (they always think they are starving, when they are actually fed quite well. If we fed them what they wanted, we would end up with a bunch of fat, unhealthy heifers). So, I've had one side of our garage occupied with a feed bunk for the last 2 weeks, and I slowly, but surely, have been reinforcing & retrofitting to prevent their future destruction.
While my woodworking will never pass as quality enough that I would build furniture or other things for our house, it is "barn-worthy", and so I use the skills my dad taught me to drive a nail straight, drill, saw, and whatever is needed to work through the never-ending "Farm Improvement List". I'm one of the few women in America that receives circular saws, drills, & grinders as birthday presents, and is genuinely happy about it. (And they are MY tools...believe me, I have thought about spray-painting them pink to illustrate this point on more than 1 occasion!)