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#1 downtownjr

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 07:17 PM

I was helping a friend do some wiring in an old farm house this Saturday and found something interesting...a 1919 copy of "How to Do Things" by the Farm Journal...Wilmer Atkinson Company, Washington Square, Philadelphia. It has a group of old hints and information. Back then Farm Journal sold for $2.95 for three years and the 572 page book .

Pretty cool old stuff like different devices to keep a milk cow from kicking or to hold a cows tail. Even a simple idea for emptying a 50 gallon barrel...you simply lay the top part of the barrel down on a 4 x 4 post and put a pipe in the highest area of the lid. You roll the barrel down the post...the pipe moves down and gravity allows the liquid to flow...so it fills the bucket with the liquid from the barrel.

Also, my favorite...emergency wrench...take a long bolt that has two burrs (nuts...they talked funny in 1919) and adjust them to the position needed to accept the nut or bolt head you want to remove. Cool.

Anyway, I am having a blast. Cool read that is for sure. Next articles...harvesting the ice crop and growing your own fence posts :)

My hat is off to Farm Journal for cool stuff even in 1919. Love to see some late 1890/1900 stuff.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 09:21 PM

LOTS of that stuff have been forgotten over time. Sure could use some those ideas many times a day around a farm.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 09:47 PM

growing your own fence posts? Like to hear what that is about, wouldn't that take awhile?

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:46 AM

growing your own fence posts? Like to hear what that is about, wouldn't that take awhile?

All they had was time.....and as grandad used to say, money ran out way before time....
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Posted 26 July 2012 - 12:41 PM

Mine always said " The interest is eatin up the principal"

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:17 AM

Neat old idea??? Try paying cash for a major purchase. Very hard to do as by the time you have accumulated enough funds...greed tends to set in and then you hate to spend it :confused: .

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:29 PM

I like the idea about using the bolt with two nuts for a wrench, that may actually come in handy.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 12:42 PM

My wife is from Panama so we usually go there to visit her family around Christmas time. They grow their fence posts there. They have incredibly fast growing trees. If they need a fence post they just cut a branch, stick it in the ground where they need it and it will root down right there. Pretty nifty. Then after a time they cut the tree down except for the fence post part. Some fences have a post every 2 feet or so. Or even less.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:55 PM

My wife is from Panama so we usually go there to visit her family around Christmas time. They grow their fence posts there. They have incredibly fast growing trees. If they need a fence post they just cut a branch, stick it in the ground where they need it and it will root down right there. Pretty nifty. Then after a time they cut the tree down except for the fence post part. Some fences have a post every 2 feet or so. Or even less.


What kind of tree is it?

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:03 PM

I was told by my wife that it is called a diphysa americana or in English it's called a Macano. http://ntsavanna.com/living-fence/
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Posted 03 September 2012 - 07:36 PM

I was told by my wife that it is called a diphysa americana or in English it's called a Macano. http://ntsavanna.com/living-fence/


Pretty interesting Teslan....says the Macano is a legume....you tried baling any of the leaves yet? ;)

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

Soon as I get a chance I'll check them out. Might be a nitch market around here, or if they do grow here might save $$ on my fences.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 09:11 PM

Nope no baling leaves yet. LOL. Though last Christmas when we were in Panama I saw more bales of hay being trucked around then I had ever seen before when we visited. The farming there is interesting. At least compared to where I'm from. Very small very hilly fields with lots of hand labor done by the native indians. Mostly vegetables and rice grown.

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Posted 06 October 2012 - 09:16 PM

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Thought I'd been drinkin when I tied to read this. Lol

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Posted 22 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

5ft piece of 2in schedual 40 pvc glue cap on end then you can stick pitch fork in bale (round) place over wooden handle and keep the fork where you need it. Ps don't drive too close to the bale...don't ask!
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Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:27 AM

I use a length of PVC pipe to hold my center post for double wide gates, i.e., two 10-12' giving me a 20-24' gate opening.

I sink the PVC pipe in the post hole, then just stand a 4" wood post in it. If I need just a small opening, I open just one side. If I need the full width, I open both gates and pull the post. The PVC pipe keeps the post hole from filling in and makes the center post easy to remove.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 09:25 PM

Thought I'd been drinkin when I tied to read this. Lol


Sorry Martin!!! I guess the Mods deleted the original posts where a Russian spammer posted something (I can't remember what) and I told him to "Please go away"
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Posted 25 April 2016 - 06:05 PM

I grew my own fence posts like that once. I used high-bred hackmatack. When the forester said the tree would reach 60 feet tall, 12 inches in diameter in 12 years I thought he was lying.

 

He wasn't.

 

It is a high-bred, but also got a bark beetle infestation and I was soon losing 3-4 trees per acre per year from them! :-(


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 01:18 PM

We have a John Deere sales brochure from the early 1900s. Makes no mention of tractors, so it's before the Waterloo Boy purchase of 1917? Very cool to read, my favorite line in the whole book; "spread your excess straw with a straw spreader, it pays" Who the heck has excess straw anymore?

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 01:44 PM

We have a John Deere sales brochure from the early 1900s. Makes no mention of tractors, so it's before the Waterloo Boy purchase of 1917? Very cool to read, my favorite line in the whole book; "spread your excess straw with a straw spreader, it pays" Who the heck has excess straw anymore?

 

A lot of farmers in my area don't bale their wheat straw so I guess that could be classified as excess?????? shrugs shoulders.


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