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Uses for 55 gallon Barrels

What do you use your barrel for?

There are many different uses for the 55 gallon barrels.  You can use them for rain barrels, water, oil, sand, or for feeders.  I am sure that there are several other uses, but the one that I am going to focus on is the different ways to make feeders.

Here are a few ideas for different types hay feeders:

  

 

The type of feeder that I haven’t been able to find is a self feeder Self feeders are so expensive, but are very useful.

The materials you will need are:

  • 55 gallon barrel
  • A Piece of ply wood
  • A 2×4
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Saw

Step 1: You will need to cut your barrel.

Make sure that when you cut your barrel you cut it at an angle so the feed will fall easier. Remember you will need it far enough back for your animal to be able to get their head in the feeder.

Step 2: Cut your ply wood so it fits tightly inside where you have cut.

Step 3: Cut your 2×4 into 2 pieces, don’t put the 2×4 on the bottom of the barrel keep it up off the bottom flush with ply wood.

Step 4: You will need to screw your 2×4’s to the inside of your barrel

Step 5: Screw your ply wood to the 2×4’s make sure that it is high enough off the bottom for you animal to be able to get their head in there also for the feed to fall.

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There you have it! Your new inexpensive self feeder, hope your animals enjoy!

 

Thaw a Frozen Pipe DIY

Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of having a frozen pipe after a harsh, cold winter?  If so, you know how expensive and catastrophic it can end up.  Here we will explain how to thaw a frozen pipe before it gets to be an expensive repair.

1.  Turn off the main water switch in the pump-house and disconnect the attached water pipe to the house.

 

2.  Then insert an ordinary garden hose into the water pipe as far as possible, up to where it was frozen below ground. (In my case this was where the pipe was shallow in 2 places, where it came from the pump house and also where it came into the house).

3.  With an air mattress foot pump, then insert this into the free end of the garden hose and pump, which pushes all unfrozen water out of the pipe around the outside of the inserted hose.

4.  With all water removed, then tape a 2L plastic bottle (with the bottom end cut off) to the free end of the hose, and fill this with boiling water from the kettle a number of times.

5.  Hold up the filled hose to bring the hot water directly to the ice.

6.  Continue multiple times if needed.

 

Things you may need:

 

Gilmour 6-Ply Farm Garden Watering Hose 90 Foot 76-9935

SKU: 002840187

Drive Medical, Manual Pump for 14425 Air Mattress, 14426

SKU: 014842977

Something you can also use:

Easy Heat 18′ Automatic Pipe Heating Cable AHB-118

SKU: 000780061

DIY Easy, Saltdough Prints!

DIY Easy, Saltdough Prints!

Valentine’s Day has already creeped up on us and is this weekend! I have found an easy project for the little ones or anyone for that matter. This project is quick, easy and fun! If you can’t think of anything for that special someone, friend, or family member, This is the route to go!

Things You Will Need:

Step One:

  • Mix All Ingredients In A Bowl.
  • Mix Very Well All Together.
  • Make Sure All Ingredients Are Mixed Into A Ball.
  • You Can Judge If You Need More Water.

Step Two:

  • Shape The Ball of Dough Into Whatever Shape You Like.
  • Put Your Design, Handprints, Footprints On Top Of The New Shape.

Step Three:

  • Place Your Shaped Stone On a Cookie Sheet.
  • Bake at 200 Degrees F for 3 Hours.
  • Make Sure It Is Dry and Cooled.
  • Paint The Stone If You’d Like!
  • Let It Dry.
  • YOU’RE DONE!

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Mixing Gas for 2 Cycle Engines

If you are like a lot of people living in the suburbs or on a farm or lifestyle block, you probably have several 2 cycle engines such as a weed eater, chainsaw, blower, etc. Most of these engines take different mixtures 1/50, 1/32 etc. All the instructions tell how to mix one gallon, however, you usually only need a tank or two at a time, and a gallon will go bad before it is used up. Nobody needs several gallons of bad gas mixed at different ratios; the solution is to mix a tank at a time.

1

Always stabilize your gas before you start. It will keep the gas fresh for longer periods of time and protect your engines from gumming up. One example is STA-BIL, however, there are many others available.

 

Sta-Bil Concentrated Fuel Stabilizer 32 oz. 22214

SKU: 090180383

2

Use a measuring device for small amounts, 2oz- 1oz- 1/2 oz and 1/4 oz. There are many available.  You will also need small mixing containers, 12 gallon (1.9 L) and quart measuring cups will take care of most of your needs.

Norpro, 2 Cup Plastic Measuring Cup 3036

SKU: 006232160

3

If your engine calls for a 1/32 mixture that is 1 oz of oil to 32 oz of gas, or 1/2oz of oil to 16oz of gas, or 1/4 oz oil to 8 oz. gas, mix only what you need at the time.

4

Find a piece of cardboard or plywood and list all your equipment on it.Include the ratios that they require, and the recipe for a tank of gas. Put this on the garage wall; this will keep you from looking up the manual each time you use it.

DIY Winterizing

This is only my second year experiencing the freezing temperatures Illinois has to offer and I am still trying to adapt. A big thing for me last year was the slick icy sidewalks and the ice all over my car I was lucky enough to get to scrape off every morning! This year I wanted to try a few DIY tricks which should help to solve these issues for me this year.

DIY Sidewalk Salt

What you will need:

1 Teaspoon Dawn dish soap

1 Tablespoon Rubbing Alcohol

8 Cups of hot water

1 Large bucket

What to do:

  • Grab your bucket and mix the Dawn dish soap and the Rubbing alcohol together really well, until completely combined.
  • Add the hot water **caution** and continue to stir until everything is completely combined.
  • You are now ready to use your Sidewalk salt! All you will need to do is pour the mixture over any areas that would typically freeze over with ice.

This mix will not freeze and best of all it will NOT eat away at your concrete like the salts can!

DIY Ice Melt

What you will need:

Sugar

Epsom Salt

Bucket

What to do:

Grab your bucket and ingredients

  • Mix 1 part sugar and 1 part Epsom salt (You can use however much of the products needed to cover the trouble areas)
  • Sprinkle over the area you wish to melt the snow/ice

** This mixture will not hurt plants, ground, birds, dogs, or cats!

   DIY Frost Proofing Your Car

What you will need:

1 spray bottle

Vinegar

Water

What to do:

  • Fill the spray bottle with 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water.
  • Spray down your car windows before you go to sleep or just after you get home to prevent the ice build-up on the windows!

** The vinegar contains acetic acid which will raise the melting point of water which prevents it from freezing! If you forget to do this before you go to sleep, no problem, spray the windows down in the morning and it will melt the ice away.

 Enjoy your winter a little more hassle free with this quick and easy DIY tips!