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Posted December 17, 2013 - 03:20 PM

I've actually been repairing free stalls this afternoon!  Got several repaired, maybe 20% of all the work needed is done.  Came in for a short coffee break, then out to do 2 more stalls before starting silage feeding.  My joints from shoulders to my hands are sure hurting from tugging on wrenches & such.  Dang arthritis!  But at least I'm making headway with it finally.  :thumbs:


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Posted December 17, 2013 - 03:50 PM

Glad to hear your making headway on those stalls. Maybe this will help you get a handle on the Mastitis!! I use Advil to help with the
Arthritis pains..


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Posted December 17, 2013 - 05:08 PM

Bone tired, and stressed out as usual.  Dad isn't doing as well as we thought.  I'll report in the "Dad's surgery" thread.


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 03:18 PM

Got quite a bit done so far today.  There is only one BAD area left now, but I have to run to TSC tonight for some more bolts before I can start on that.  Once that area is straightened up, there is still a LOT more to do to make them more secure from here on out.  Such as drilling over 140- 5/16"  holes through 2" tubing & installing bolts.  Then one section of 15 stalls needs to be completely unbolted & moved, removing a 2x6 so I can bolt stall rails directly onto the 8x8 posts.  But that can come later.  Right now I need the stalls to all be in position and bolted tight.  Further improvements can be done afterwards.HAVE to get them where they will lay in them correctly to help stop the mastitis.

  As Uncle Willie says....time for a break with a cup of coffee!  


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 03:19 PM

Oh, also finally got the new water tank float valves for our cow drinking tanks.  I got both of therm installed today too, and they flow lots more water than the old style.


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 04:38 PM

Sounds like way more in the good column than in the not good column for today.  Glad to hear you got a lot done.!!


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 04:48 PM

ALL is in the good column so far!  Got a few more stalls tightened up before feeding.  Silage fed & getting set to run to TSC for more bolts.  My feed rep is coming tomorrow to collect a new silage sample from the freshly opened pit for analysis.  Friday I have a guy from our power company coming to check for stray voltage in the milk parlor.  We've felt tingles when touching metal at times, so he's the expert.  Not supposed to cost me anything either.  Stray voltage causes mastitis as well.  

  I have to tighten this whole ship if I want to keep it afloat, so no time like now!  


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 05:26 PM

That is some very good news to hear today! Glad it went well!



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Posted December 18, 2013 - 07:20 PM

Back from TSC with enough bolts to keep me busy a while on the stalls.  $104 worth, but that's counting $25 in drill bits & cutoff wheels.


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Posted December 18, 2013 - 07:25 PM

Gotta go feed the calves for Teresa.  She went north of here to Christmas shop....finally, and I went south to TSC.  I got home first, so I'll do the calf feeding.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 09:20 AM

TONS to get done on the stalls today, as the next 3 days is all gonna be rain, so the cows will be using the stalls the whole time instead of being let out to the fields at night.  So it threw a BIG chink in my day's plans when Mom called & said her sewer is backed up!  What timing!!!!!!  :wallbanging:  :wallbanging:   I called Claude, our local poo pumper & friend.  He's coming out today to pump their septic tank.  I'll have to go out there when he comes to make sure the house lines drain ok.  Man, it's all so frustrating!  Josh has a day's work taking care of other things.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 04:28 PM

Josh mentioned his toilet wasn't flushing right, and his tub drained slow, so his septic gets pumped tomorrow.  Claude had a full day booked already, but he got Mom's pumped.  But their biggest issue is thwe "wetland field drain" is flooded with water & more rains coming.  I will have to get out there & open up the drainage ditch to carry more of the rain water away.  

  As to the cow free stalls, I did all I could do, then had to get sawdust into them.  ALL stall rails are up, but many of them loose.   Getting all the holes drilled & 5/16" bolts installed will take care of that, but will take some time.  I also need to put new boxing on one end of the barn.  The cows give the wood a beating, so instead of 1" thick oak, I'll get my sawmill buddy to saw me some 1 1/2" boards for boxing.  That will hold up a long time.  Hopefully he will fire up his sawmill soon......I need that sawdust too!

  Worn out tonight, and Josh & Teresa are too.  We ALL put in a hard day's work and we're not finished.  Silage to feed and things to put away & close up before the rains start in the morning.  Sure feels good to get so much done on the stalls.  Been a long time needing it.  But all my muscles feel what I've done, but that's OK, as I did it finally!  


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 05:43 PM

Good job Daniel, glad to hear you got as much done as time would allow. Hope it helps stop the other issues your having milking now.


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 05:56 PM

Well, Dad's septic tank is coming apart, and had the inlet blocked. He didn't know about the blockage till after he pumped the tank out, then went in the house & checked drainage.  Not sure why, as the old tank was just put in  back in 1963!  Between pumping the 2 tanks, and the install of the new tank, it sets us back about $3,200.  Another hit in the pocketbook.  I may end up putting the new floor in our silage wagon myself to save some $'s.  I can buy & have the 3/8" steel sheet bent for less than $1,000, where hiring it done will be a good 3 grand.  Yep, ALWAYS something!  :wallbanging:


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Posted December 19, 2013 - 06:02 PM

I'm surprised that you can get a tank installed that inexpensively. Down here it starts around 6,500.00 and goes up from there depending on what else you might need.

 

I know a good welder / fitter if you need a hand on the floor!! :thumbs:


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