- Homemade electric fence brackets made of PT 2X4
- Screw-in plastic insulators for wood posts
- Nylon wire tensioners (not the steel type for high tensile fence)
- 18 Gauge Aluminum Fence Wire (recycled from my goat fence project)
- 2’ and 4’ sections of rebar for tricky areas
- Rebar electric fence insulators
- ½” Black HDPE irrigation pipe (to insulate wire that needs to snake through another fence) and zip ties
- Electric fence gate handles and anchors
- Assorted hardware including 3” galvanized wood screws
here. This is still a good page to get the basics. However, I have migrated away from fully electric fence for the goats. The fence worked just fine for them, however, the thick brush was impossible to keep clear of the fence lines and periodic flooding also occurred so the fence continually grounded out. Ironically, my main “brush clearing” employees (the goats) were so afraid of the electric fence, they wouldn’t go near it. As such, the weeds quickly grow up and shorted it out. I briefly gave up on electric fence and instead I switched to 4 foot welded wire on T-posts. However, the goats quickly learned to “climb” this fence to reach tasty branches on the other side and thus collapsed it, so I needed to retain one electric wire to keep them off and away from the fence. However, I am able to keep this hot wire high enough off the ground to reduce some of the pressure from weeds. In the really swampy area, I have a few knife switch cut-offs, so I can shut this section off during high weed season, the cattails and phragmites grow tall enough to put heavy pressure on the fence. I did however, find a new purpose to expand my electric fencing project. I have converted a half acre plot into a small orchard and this is also a nice place to have my chickens free range in the grassy area. I have a five foot tall welded wire fence enclosing this area completely, but the foxes very soon figured out it was easy to dig underneath to start grabbing the hens. I quickly grew tired of plugging all their holes as it was a never ending task and the thought of extending the fence underground along its entire length was just too daunting (particularly with all the tree roots and fieldstones everywhere). As such, I put one hot wire very close to the ground to stop any digging activities. I was a little nervous about it shorting out (as per above), but this area of the farm is a little shadier along the fence line (under a heavy tree canopy) and thus the weed pressure is a lighter, also since it doesn’t go through the swampiest areas, it is easier to maintain once in awhile with a weed whacker. So far it seems to be working. The materials I needed to do this are as follows:Over the past couple of years I have made some major changes and improvements to my electric fencing projects. You can see my original, more modest efforts
Hi Folks, I have been combing the internet for months to get the best pictures and memes relating to the Presidential race and overall state of affairs. I have consolidated all these great images to ponder into one gallery for your viewing pleasure. TRIGGER WARNING FOR LIBERALS: As free speech has not yet been fully sanitized for your protection, there may be some controversial pictures in here.
Homemade Chicken Nipple Waterer I have spent alot of time perfecting my rainwater chicken watering system which you can find here.However, the time has come for me to get rid of my traditional “open water” chicken waterer and convert to something more professional. Firstly, I wanted to make a cover for my 150 gallon water reservoir. I am still a big fan of using stock tanks as a water tank/reservoir for various reasons. These include ease of cleaning, relative cheap cost, multiple different heaters available for the winter, etc. However, without a cover it is impossible to keep clean (leaves, etc.) and they quickly become mosquito breeding ponds. Next, I am trying to move away from any type of “open water” drinking area. No matter how much I try, the chickens continually foul the water and thus the actual drinking area is also difficult to keep clean. So, I decided to give poultry nipple waterers a try to see if that could remedy that issue. So basically, I am rebuilding my entire system. First step was to make a cover for stock tank. I opted for ½” plywood. Simply cutting off the last three feet of a standard sheet will yield a 5’ by 4” foot piece that is just a bit larger than a 150 gallon Rubbermaid stock tank. I wanted to make the lid a bit larger to act as its own rain catching area as well as funneling rainwater from the gutters. Next step was to cut a 21/8” hole through the center of the board and a lined it with a double layer of nylon window screening stapled to the back to keep out the leaves and other debris. I am a bit nervous the hole may be too small, but that is the largest hole saw I happened to have! At any rate, I can always enlarge later if it looks like it is backing up. Next, I wanted to build up the sides a bit to catch the water and give it time to percolate through the screen. For this I used standard 2X4 lumber. I put polyurethane construction adhesive down prior to screwing this together. My hope was that would help waterproof the joints. I also caulked the inside with silicone. This should make the water catching area relatively water tight. Next, I wanted to redesign the spigot on my tank. I am trying to move away from using garden hose components as they are constantly kinking up. Instead, I am using all PVC with a standard brass boiler spigot. My Rubbermaid tank has a 11/4” bulkhead fitting. I am pretty sure they are all the same size, but if I were you I would take the factory plug out of the fitting and take it with you to the plumbing department to ensure you get the right size. The parts I used were as follows:
- 11/4” PVC Male Adapter
- 11/4” to ½” Reducer Coupling
- Small section of ½” pipe
- ½” female adapter
- ½” brass boiler spigot
- PVC Piper Primer and PVC Pipe Glue
- Teflon tape
- One ¾” male adapter
- One ¾” to ½” reducer bushing
- Two 6” pieces of ½” pipe
- One ½” elbow
- Five 1’ sections of ½” pipe
- Five PVC “Tee” sections
- One 1/2'” female adapter
- One ½” brass boiler spigot
- PVC Pipe Primer and PVC Pipe Glue
- Teflon tape
- 5 Nipples
In this post, I will explain about my latest fieldstone wall project and how anyone with basic skills can build a rustic fieldstone wall!The vegetable garden area of the farm is on a slope (an area maybe 50 feet x 70 feet) and one end was in dire need of a retaining wall. I had originally used some bales of straw I had lying around as a makeshift retaining wall. This actually worked pretty well for about two years until the straw really started rotting and the turkeys tore it apart. So the edges of the garden were spilling over and hard to maintain. So it was time to build something a bit more permanent. So I decided on fieldstones for a number of reasons
- Relatively easy to build
- Doesn’t need a footing
- Can find stones for free
- Basically lasts forever
- Does not leach any chemicals (I know new pressure treated lumber is supposed to be okay for gardens, but I am not chancing it)
- It’s a lot of work and I’m lazy! (primary reason)
- This is a short wall (only 3 feet tall max, most of it is about 2 feet), slopes backwards, and is relatively thick (about 2 feet)
- I don’t care about widening gaps due to frost heaves.
- If a few stones fall out here or there, or even if the whole thing collapses it will be easy to fix.
- I have built about 300 feet of wall like this previously. That has been standing for nearly 5 years and no sections have ever collapsed and only about three stones have popped out in all that time (easy to pop back in)
- There is about 500 feet of stone wall on the farm dating back to the 1700 and 1800s. I am willing to bet the builders didn’t put a footing under these walls, yet they are still standing just fine!
- The largest, flattest stones should be saved for the top
- The largest, roundest or irregular shaped stones should be on saved for the bottom
- The smallest stones should be saved for the middle between the two wall courses (also called “hearting”)
- Medium sized stones should be making up the bulk of the wall.
Well, unfortunately I had to end my association with TD Bank due to the fact they simply could not secure my account from fraudulent checks and provided absolutely deplorable customer service along the way. This is an interesting story that anyone with an account at TD Bank should read. You won’t find this on the TD Bank website I can assure you! It all started in late April 2016 when I got called by TD Bank that someone may have accessed my account fraudulently. They instructed me to go to the local branch immediately. Prior to doing this, I logged into my online account and was quite surprised to see two checks that were clearing (or attempting to clear) that were ridiculously fraudulent. I mean, these were not even close to legitimate documents.
- These checks did not in any way match the format of my old checks. These were just random checks reprinted with my account number.
- The numbering was completely out of sequence both with each other, and my real checks
- The return address is the Department of Health and Human Services in Nashua NH (not my address by a long shot)
- The signature is not even close to my signature.
Islam in America: Is there a cause for concern? Is Islam compatible with American values? This is a very tough question that needs to be discussed in a fair and balanced way. However, due to the lack of objective journalism in the U.S. the issue is rarely discussed nor fairly analyzed. Instead we have only the two most extreme views presented by liberals and conservatives. These generally center around two the two extreme concepts that either Islam is a curse to America (e.g. Trump’s proposed ban on all Muslim’s entering the country) or the liberal view there is no problem at all, and you are a “Racist” for even considering otherwise. As with most issues, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Since the media can’t be trusted to fairly explore this concept, I had to go to the source to find my data. Probably the best, least biased, and most comprehensive surveys on the views of worldwide Muslims was conducted in 2013 by the Pew Research Center. I would encourage everyone interested in this topic to read the final report entitled: The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics, and Society. “This report examines the social and political views of Muslims around the world. It is based on public opinion surveys conducted by the Pew Research Center between 2008 and 2012 in a total of 39 countries and territories on three continents: Africa, Asia and Europe. Together, the surveys involved more than 38,000 face-to-face interviews in 80-plus languages and dialects, covering every country that has more than 10 million Muslims except for a handful (including China, India, Saudi Arabia and Syria) where political sensitivities or security concerns prevented opinion research among Muslims.” Reading through this report, there were some items that struck me as concerning:
- There are huge groups of Muslims that want Sharia Law to be the “law of the land”. This is clearly incompatible with American values. There is one legal system for everyone here, and it is based on fairness, freedom, and equality. Can we say the same of Sharia?
- As an extension of Sharia, there are huge groups of Muslims that feel stoning is an appropriate punishment for adultery. Let’s think about this. An adulterer (almost always woman by the way) is buried in a pit up to her neck and the entire village stands around and throws rocks at her until she is dead. Is this an appropriate punishment? Literally millions of Muslims feel it is.
- There is a smaller minority, but still a shocking total number of Muslims that feel suicide bombing is “Often or Sometimes” justified in defense of Islam. Let’s take Egypt as an example. 29% of Muslims feel suicide bombing is justified. There are 80 Million Muslims in Egypt. Therefore there are 23 million people that think suicide bombing is “often or sometimes” justified. That is the nearly the population of Texas (25 million)!
- The majority of Muslims seem to feel that homosexuality, drinking alcohol, and abortion are immoral. I wonder how liberals would react to Donald Trump saying this? He would fall under intense scrutiny, but somehow Muslims dont seem to fall under the same scrutiny when they judge these personal decisions as ‘immoral” without any comment by the media. I am not sure how compatible these views are with our free society.
- Huge groups of Muslims feel that woman should “obey their husbands.” This clearly runs afoul of our free and equal society. Again, if Donald Trump said this, universal condemnation would result. But again, this slips past quietly without much discussion when the topic of gender equality in Islam comes up.
The 50 yard range was completely covered and was pretty decent. It is important to point out that you need to bring your own targets and stands as the range was nothing more than roof and a space. I saw a pile of half shot up stands in the corner, that seemed to be community property. However, it is easy enough to make your own out of some scrap 2X4 lumber. There were also a couple of brooms and barrels that encouraged you to sweep up your shells. The 200 yard range was uncovered and basically a field with a couple of benches at the end. All in all, a good time was had by all, and we unloaded a few hundred rounds. This place is completely bare bones and no frills at all, but the price was right! Also, this type of club, far away from the knuckleheads in Massachusetts tends to keep the professionalism high (no idiots with AK-47s shooting all over the place). If you routinely head up to the lakes region, you might want to give Pemigewasset Valley Fish & Game Club a try. The Indoor Range at Pemi Valley Fish and Game ClubRecently we had been looking for a new shooting range, as we were getting itchy to try out some new firearms and keep our marksmanship in top form. We used to shoot at Manchester Firing Line, but lately it has gotten far too crowded with too many “yahoos” firing off hand cannons, and the staff isn’t exactly friendly. Therefore the search was on for a new location! A Google search revealed to us Pemigewasset Valley Fish & Game Club in far away Holderness, NH. Sure it was a hike up the state from Southern NH, but we hoped it would be worth it. The membership price was pretty reasonable, and they allowed us to join by mail. After receiving our ID badges and rule book via USPS, we were off for some target practice. Since we went in the middle of winter (and after a fresh snowfall, so I’m sure many were out snowmobiling) the place was pretty deserted. The indoor range looked nice from the outside, but our pre-arranged “guide” didn’t show, so we couldn’t get in.