Spinning Rods

Ben Spinning Rods

The concrete form work for our butcher shop walls are is held together with threaded steel rods. These 5/8″ thick rods pass through the forms and through walers on either side. This transfers the crushing force of the tons of concrete from forms on one side back across the rods to the forms on the other side and back to the concrete using the tensile strength of the steel.

Threaded steel rods are expensive. What Ben is doing in the photo above is spinning the steel rods. He places two nuts on the end of the rod, cranks them tight to lock and then spins a little bit more with the crescent wrench or wrench which is slightly easier since it doesn’t adjust out. Doing this about a day after the pour breaks the binding force between the curing concrete and the steel so that then we can use a large drill to unspin the rods from the walls to recover them to use again later in this and other projects. A plug of concrete in the hole secures the wall from insects and mice.

Recover, reuse, recycle.

Outdoors: 25째F/19째F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 68째F/61째F

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2 Responses to Spinning Rods

  1. JennyK says:

    Bravo to you and your whole family for saving and reusing. You are excellent role models for those supposid leaders we have in copenhegin. You all continue to amaze me and to lead the way. We too are making a journey to raising our own food although much less ambitious than what you do!

    Something that amazes me to no end is how you deal with the snow and the cold. I see your son is well dressed. We here in Virginia just got dumped on with snow. It was sort of fun in a white Christmas sort of way but it will melt in a few days and not be in our way. I can not imagine living half the year buried under snow like you do. How can your animals survive? How can you farm in the winter?

    Keep yourselves warm!


  2. JennyK,

    Winter is something to be gotten through. We spend the summer and fall getting ready for it, then winter getting through it while waiting for next spring. It is a calmer time in many ways. We spend more time indoors reading, researching, thinking and planning.

    Key things are keeping one's torso warm and avoiding frost bite. Don't touch things made of metal with your bare hands. Good gloves are important. Good boots are important. Get out of the wind. Know when to come in and warm up.

    We provide the animals with lots of hay to snuggle down in areas that are protected from the wind. Dry, wind protection and bedding are very important for them. A build up of bedding is good because it creates heat from composting action. Put fresh hay on top of that and they slip in between the layers.

    It is also important to have their food and water be a goodly distance from their bed so they get up and get exercise several times a day. This helps with growth, digestion and general health.

    Then spring comes, it always has, and the cycle turns again.

    Enjoy your Christmas snow!



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