thomas rubino

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13 acres in extreme rural Montana 100% off grid since 1983. Solar and micro hydro. Summer time piggy farmer. Restoring 2000-04 Subaru outbacks wagons for fun and a little profit. Not quite old enough to retire YET but closing on it fast... until then I must occasionally leave Paradise "home" and run large construction cranes on union job sites across the inland northwest. I make (Well try) A-2 A-2 cheese, I love cooking with my wood smoker for everything! Would not live anywhere else but rural Montana ! My wife Liz runs "Rocks by liz" a successful Etsy store and we have a summer booth at the Missoula peoples market. We currently breed and raise persian cats but are about to retire all the girls and let them be happy kittys for the remainder of their days.Oh and my biggest thing is... I LOVE MY RMH !
latitude 47 N.W. montana zone 6A
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Hi John;    1.25-1.3  specific gravity  is fully charged.

EDIT)  Just wanted to add that reading is with the battery's resting(off charger).
13 hours ago
Hi Ryan;
I would suggest starting small. No more than 3 pigs. No breeding, just wiener to slaughter .
Expect to feed them apx 800-1000#  of feed per pig. Supplement with garden waste and apples / fruit.  No processed meat products if you want tasty pigs.

As Ben brought up, pigs are accidental escape artists. They don't dig out like a dog would do. They root... rite along the fence line. Easy to dig deep with a nose like a shovel!
Suddenly !!! their rooting hole is on the other side of your fence!!! Imagine that ! And look all this green grass! After one finds a way out the other two will follow.
Here is how I stopped that.  Used metal roofing! Laid horizontal ,buried 1/3 to 1/2 deep. Or as much as the ground permits.  As the pig roots down he may reach the end of the metal but all that is there is a dirt wall! No grass in sight!  It works very very well!   It is easy to install if you happen to have a digging machine around...

I've been raising pigs to slaughter for at least 15 years now.  
I have a smaller area, maybe 120' x 80'.I have it broken into 5 different paddocks. ,.
Their home area has the barn ,running water and the grain feeder.
The other 4 areas are planted with various greens.  After they till one I move them to the second and replant the previous one.


1 day ago
So the CF board arrived on Thurs. it was supposed to arrive Saturday.
I ordered 8' of aluminum angle on Wednesday afternoon . It was scheduled to arrive next Wednesday.... It arrived TODAY !! That's order too me in less than 3 days!
If nothing else this exile from traveling has left the roads open for the big freight shippers!  The arrival time on everything has been quicker than expected.

Cut and riveted on several stiffener's. Used superwool gasket to keep things sealed.
I've actually used about 5' of my angle already!  I have plenty, but I'll be buying another stick to build the 6" batch.
Played with the window placement a bit. Need a solid plan before I cut thru my new door!
Got to late to keep going so it will be tomorrow.
Hi John;
Good score!  A photo would be nice.
Voltage check , water check, If you have a hydrometer a specific gravity test.

I'm guessing they are 12 volt?   Marine size battery's?
The number of water fill holes will tell you the voltage. A 6 volt has 3 and a 12 vt has 6.

All Jordan's questions are spot on.

However, free is free you know... if only 2 out of the ten are good then you have 2 good battery's and 8 good cores.
Maybe if nearby, Pearl would battery's for trade vegetables!
1 day ago
Test drive .... ?   I want to run it wide open down the drag strip!!!
But... I can't until she's legal.  
SOON!  I'll make this dragon fly!!!
2 days ago