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Spinning brush scratcher

Industrial, rotating brushes are the latest trend in ultra pampering your favorite cow.

It seems as if someone has re-purposed some drive thru car wash technology to scratch an itch.

Could this increased level of stimulation help to make more and better tasting milk?

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Hex head drill bits

These new hex head allen wrench bits are miles ahead of the old L shaped wrenches.

They slide right into any impact driver with a 1/4 inch quick connect or the same size hand driver.

A nice bonus is these are magnetic to help you hold whatever bolt or screw you’re working with.

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Kindling splitter update

We’ve had our Kindling Splitter for over 2 years now and it continues to make kindling safe and easy.

It seems to help to cut your pieces a few inches higher than the height of the splitter.

Cutting shorter pieces runs the risk of the hammer contacting the splitter and dulling the edge.

A few minutes with an angle grinder is all it takes to bring it back to its full cutting potential.

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Plastic bottle bee keeping

Advoko MAKES on You tube has been experimenting with using plastic bottles to farm bees.

It seems to be cheaper and easier. That big bottle is a European recycled beer keg.

He has even configured one of his hives to make the top bottle reachable from inside his house!

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How to cut fiberglass insulation

I learned the hard way during some recent insulation work that a pair of scissors is painful.

The standard method of using a utility knife on a hard surface is good if you have plenty of room.

An electric meat carving knife is much better and quicker. It’s light enough to use with one hand while you use the other hand to hold on to the insulation.

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Firewood Teamwork

How do we cut up those long wood mill discards in just the right size for firewood?

We now use a fence post next to some porch steps.

Anna pushes the board up against the fence post where I cut a piece that drops straight down.

Slowly but surely we are filling up the greenhouse woodshed.

 

 

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2×3 mistake

I chose 2×3 over 2×4 boards in an effort to make our caterpillar tunnels lighter.

We now know this makes them a little too heavy and prone to decay faster than expected.

I was able to fix the problem with some brackets but needed a whole new design.

The new version takes advantage of the light and strong steel rails used to support ceiling tiles in big buildings.

I also decided that a smaller structure is easier to move and less prone to damage.

Stay tuned for a more detailed post on the smaller and better caterpillar tunnel after we’ve finished driving it around the block a few times this year.

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Bite sized tomatoes

We got a late start on our deck grown tomatoes.

A bit of a mix up on which variety this is but I really like the sweet taste and easy harvest.

This is the second year our deck tomatoes seem to be healthier than the ones we planted in the garden.

I like to split them down the middle to add a sweet dash of color to our salads.