Out with the Old


Ben Chipping Concrete

Our Big Project rests on two old foundations which make up the hay shed we tore down this summer. For structural reasons I do not want the two slabs to actually be connected so the new slab gloms on (that’s the highly technical term) to one slab and floats over the other slab.

There was one 2’x2’x1′ chunk of old foundation that has been in our way. After much deliberation I finally decided we would chip it out. It has been a team effort but Ben, shown above, did the largest part of this task. It’s one of those things you pick at for an hour and then come back to it later in the day, the next day, the next day… Eventually it was gone.

That Makita hammer drill has drilled a lot of holes and chiseled out a lot in rock for us over the years.

Outdoors: 55째F/29째F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 69째F/59째F

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10 Responses to Out with the Old

  1. ranch101 says:

    I do love seeing kids that can *do* things, such as competently use power tools. Way to go, Ben!

  2. Nance says:

    Yikes! This looks like a cold job! I can see Ben is up to it, tho. And "gloms" . . . does that mean adhere? sticks to? what does "gloms on" mean exactly?

    I love old & historical. That there are two old foundations here . . . I think we need an archeology dig!

  3. Jim Curley says:

    off topic, but I had question on a 2006 post.

    You mentioned that when pregnant, a sow's "pointy thing" tips upward. How soon does this happen?

    I have a sow who definitely was serviced by our boar, but 'pointy thing' has not changed.

    thanks. – Jim

  4. I don't have a particular time to say when it is visible, perhaps at about two weeks to month. She should also miss her next heat cycle. Sometime I'll do a post about pregnancy signs. This will save many men from making that embarassing mistake of asking a lady if she's

  5. Rose says:

    Walter, this is off-topic, but…
    We have a chance to get some baby limas that are culled from the packing plant. I'm wondering your opinion about using them as feed for our pigs. Right now we have limited pasture so they are getting free choice hay and barley as well as milk and pumpkins.

  6. Rose,

    I don't know anything about limas, I assume you mean the bean. I would guess they are high in protein. Check if they need roasting or crushing. Some do. Speaking of which, is your barley rolled, cracked or whole? I have read that whole barley basically passes straight through the pig's digestion system. An interesting way to plant the fields…

    Cheers,

    -Walter

  7. Rose says:

    We use rolled barley. We soak it in milk before feeding.

  8. Excellent. That should be highly digestible by the pigs. Sounds like my breakfast. :) I have heard of sprouting it too, much like moving toward beer making. I experimented a bit with sprouting years ago for our chickens in the winter when they lose pasture but didn't keep doing it due to the effort and not buying much grain so it was rare.

  9. Rose says:

    Ok, I think we will try adding some baby limas into the mix, but not too much. Every time I google to find out any problems using baby limas as pig feed, I end up with a list of recipes for baby lima beans with various cuts of pork. So, apparently baby limas do go with pigs in some capacity :)

  10. oshea12566 says:

    Nice to see pictures of the kids doing "grown up" chores.

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