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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:09 PM

Going to have some happy cows this winter. Oh what an aroma.

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 10:53 PM

just don't Stop Milking. Cause that whit e stuff is GOOD just had a glass.LOL

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Posted February 06, 2012 - 11:03 PM

The floor is a special mix, with fly ash added from coal fired plants. This gives the concrete more acid resistance. It runs about $85/yd.



Gotta ask.

What is "Fly ash"??

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 12:27 AM

Comes from burning finely ground coal, its the fine ash that gets caught going up the flue.

I have heard about that being put in concrete for acid resistance.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 12:34 AM

Looking good Daniel. Concrete here goes for well over $100 delivered. Wish i could get your people to deliver here. Lol. Randy

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:09 PM

Dan,in my opinion Farmer's are really underated, alot of people i think don't realize what it takes to get our food from the farm to the table. I cant imagine what life would be like without farmer's.They should hold a thank a farmer day! Anyway from my family to your's THANK YOU and to all the other farmer's out there!:worshippy1::beerchug::canada::usa:
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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:24 PM

Looking good Daniel. Concrete here goes for well over $100 delivered. Wish i could get your people to deliver here. Lol. Randy


Dang man, is that high! I sure couldn't afford to pour much at that price!
The best long lasting concrete we ever got was mixed on site. The truck had separate compartments & mixed the concrete as it left the truck. That concrete shows no wear at all after 22 years! Our milk parlor floor is that old, and not a single rough spot or scab anywhere.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 08:40 PM

They're getting around $80 a yard here delivered and those block are just under a yard each if I'm figuring correctly.


One could only wish that concrete was that cheap here. We paid $105 a yard last spring for concrete and I thik its gone up again since then.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 09:42 PM

With the weight of those block, seems like it could be a finger smash and toe crushing if you were not careful enough. LOL I got to deal with them a few times, usually the receiving end of a rooky forklift driver.

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 10:07 PM

With the weight of those block, seems like it could be a crushing if you were not careful enough. LOL I got to deal with them a few times, usually the receiving end of a rooky forklift driver.


Humm.....could that be how you came by the handle "Shorty? :bigrofl:

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Posted February 07, 2012 - 10:17 PM

Actually I was giving my forman a hard time about being too short. He retaliated with a new name for me that stuck. I think he was about 6 foot and i'm like 6'2" Whats two inches?:bigrofl:

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Posted February 11, 2012 - 10:52 PM

I know we don't say it enough but if all the farmers quit where would the FOOD COME FROM, Keep the milk flowing without it I will starve to death. Thanks Daniel
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Posted February 11, 2012 - 10:55 PM

I got the base run of blocks set for the one wall yesterday. I knew the ground would freeze today, so rallied to tget the whole layer set. Now I can set the rest whenever I get the time.

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Posted February 12, 2012 - 07:25 AM

Good to see the weather held off for you Daniel. Do you lay those by eye, transit, levels, MAGIC??

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Posted February 12, 2012 - 09:44 AM

Good to see the weather held off for you Daniel. Do you lay those by eye, transit, levels, MAGIC??


Just set them by eye. After each one is set, I stop at the end while going for the next block for a quick look. If something needs realigned, I go back & tweak them. They are not straight as an arrow, as it's impossible to do, due to no two of them seem to be identical. Some have bulges, some are not as wide, and some will not have level bottoms.
Now I am sure if I spent the time, I could get the wall much closer to perfect, but this is a silage pit, so perfection isn't part of the equation. The first run lay onto the edge of the concrete pit floor, which is also not level, so the wall will also have some "roll" to it.
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