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    What has been going on here at home

    Nope, not looking for Larry to be pulling up, even though he is always welcome. Putting lean to roofs on three sides of the barn and as it is sixty-seven years old and the original roof was nailed on, before access is harder due to the new roofs, I put up the big ladder and from end to end, top to bottom, put screws above each nail about an inch. Figure if the nails held this long, shouldn't have to get back on this roof the rest of my life. Was surprised, the majority of the roof was near 1/4 of an inch loose. So, East side is now done. The ladder got moved this evening and have the rafters cut for the East lean to so after getting home from the BMV tomorrow (have to renew my CDL). When the rafters are up, will get pictures posted so you can see this barn grow as well as the expensive hay that gets to go in it!
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    Jonathan, with your ladder/roof walking skills, Ned could have used your help. Looks like your barn will be around for another 67 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Jonathan, with your ladder/roof walking skills, Ned could have used your help. Looks like your barn will be around for another 67 years.
    Ned should be finished by then..... hopefully....


    c'mon... I wasn't the only one thinkin' it was I?


    sorry Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Looks like your barn will be around for another 67 years.
    That is exactly what I am hoping will happen!!

    Ned, sorry for the razing you are getting, didn't think about it. But hey, my wife has been without kitchen cabinets for a while (Larry saw the kitchen) so am not the quickest one around, just have hay in the machine shed and want to get it under the lean to's so the tractors can go back in their spots out of the weather. Oh, the reason for the lean to's, well the hay bales changed in size this year, from fifty pound squares to 690 pound squares and the other farm I buy from sells 998 pound square bales. Little tough to muscle up into the mow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    ...the hay bales changed in size this year, from fifty pound squares to 690 pound squares and the other farm I buy from sells 998 pound square bales. Little tough to muscle up into the mow.
    Well,,, First, get a good grip on the rope that goes thru that pulley...

    I'm having a hard time envisioning a 998 pound square bale. Even the round ones I'm familiar with are usually only about 600#.
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    The one farm has a 2X3X8 baler. 2' high, 3' wide, 8' long and he sells them as being scaled at 640-690 pounds. As he doesn't have access to scales he sells three bales for a ton.

    The other farm bales 4X4X8 bales. These are scaled on site and average 998 thus when buying hay by the ton, they sell you two bales.

    Yep, times area a changing.

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    Chuck, very good point and math skills. Very hard to actually bale a bale of hay and after it cures in the barn to hit a specific weight. The farmer that has the smaller bales (690) actually plugs in 650 on his calculator when figuring the amount of hay purchased from him. I did run the extra twenty miles to a scale the first time I bought from him and he was very close. Also hay is still running about 240 dollars a ton at this time, this hay got rained on once and is made right, but the green as grass color isn't there. I bought it for $100 a ton, so was very, very happy with the deal.

    The other farm, has an on farm scale and you pay for exactly the weight on the scale regardless the weight of each bale.

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    Well yesterday was busy and fruitful. Here are pictures of what got accomplished.

    Oh and my new supervisor. Once the lean tos are completed, and my parent's roof put on their new house and school gets underway, I am going to try to get my new shop building enclosed and insulated. Dang gone, got to get some wood cut somewhere inbetween all of that!!
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    see ya been busy

    buildin yur self a hay area that is dry and secure..ougta go visit that ned guy in newyork area he needs help.. i hear to get much done. and youhad better get over your scarredie cat ideas and get up my way sometime looks good jon.. hey whe is the state competition? tess is in it right!!
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    Yes, Tess is going to Carmel this Saturday to compete for the ability to model at the state fair. If you make it in the top 15 in your division, you get to model. So, last year about 80 girls and she made it in the top 15 and got to model at state, they only place the top 5 and she didn't make that. Here's hoping she gets to the top 15 and another shot at that top five!!! Cow and calf won Grand Champion but they are home in pasture and the bull is in so that stays home. Her two pens are already there, she made a snap cap rollerball pen and a cigar pen.

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