July 7, 2014

Fixing Things

Rolling a round water tank across one pasture to another is easier than lifting it on the truck and driving it to it's destination. But walking inside it is more fun! So that's what I did today when I needed to add a water tank to a pasture where the present tank was too small for the number of cattle  we have. It is a leased pasture so we can't get too picky. When it gets really hot and all the cows come to water at the same time, they empty it faster than it refills. Then they start fighting and pushing the tank around to get to the water that's spraying from the float. The tank, the float and the hose all get damaged and the cows  end up with no water at all.

Here are my supplies: A water tank, shovel to level the ground, Y to split the water between two hoses and two tanks, an extra hose, and a tank float. This location required a LOT of leveling that was slow going. Cattle usually walk along fences, compacting the soil. I already have calluses on my hands, but ended up with a blister under my wedding ring, that's never happened before!
After getting the ground leveled, I hooked up the Y, the hose and the new float and let it begin filling with water while I strapped it to a post to keep it from being pushed around if it happens to be emptied by the cattle.

Here are the two tanks all ready for the over 100 animals that drink from them every day. Did you know that  beef cows can drink up to 24 gallons on a hot day?

Rather than waiting for my Honey to get to the "Honey Do's" I decided to fix a few things around the house today. 

Do your hinges ever do this? The screw isn't long enough so they start to sag and pull away from the cupboard door.

 Take this screw out and remove the hinge.

Then break off a piece of a toothpick and stick it inside the screw hole. This gives the screw something to grab onto since it is probably stripped out inside.

Reattach hinge and put the screw back in. Done!

Does this ever happen to anyone besides me? And always in the guest bathroom. The old plastic toilet levers get broken, but I've seen the metal ones break too.

Go buy a new flush lever, just make sure it says "universal" on it. It will fit any toilet. My old toilet had a plastic one, but in my little town I found this metal one.

Reach in the water and pull up the old lever. I know it seems gross, but this water hasn't been in the toilet bowl, it's fairly clean. Un-attach that clip from whichever hole it is attached to. Remember which one so you can do it up to the new one.

Stick the new lever through the hole in the front of the toilet.

Slip the screw bolt that holds it tight over the other end and tighten.

Attach the clip in the correct hole.

Let it go and allow to fill up. Give it a practice flush.

After all that I really needed to fix THESE.

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't know about the tooth pick in the stripped hole. What a great idea!


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