Zach Walker

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Just cut underneath them with a sharp spade and flip them over. Or you can smother them with a tarp
5 months ago
Do not use galvanized there was some no reason black pipe is cheap. You will have galvanized off gassing into your house untill it is all gone.
5 months ago
I don't know how do these type of calculations but I can tell you from construction experience. There are a couple of things you can do. Get a little bit of your dirt wet enough it can manipulated. Start rolling it into a half inch cylandier. If you get past four inches before it falls apart you don't need to worry about cave in.

I think with earthbags. I wouldn't worry about compressive strength at all. It's not bricks but pretty much the same deal. I would be more worried about the surrounding Earth not moving around if it gets saturated. Put a little slope on your walls and use the weight of the bags and roof to help hold the fort back.

I'm going to try to build one with out any wall support except for railroad ties to build the roof on top of. But I know my soul is loess  going to hard clay.

You might try going to your county extension office and find your grid coordinates soil type.
5 months ago
Well they are getting large enough that they are starting to destroy things. Like their water rubber water container. So I got them a hog nipple which I think is too small for them. Had the wofe go get a bigger one. The one pig figured it out right away the other one is having trouble.
         I have them eating soaked Milo three times a day and I love them commercial 18% whenever they look hungry.

I cut a hole in an old military engine crate and painted it white. I put it on some pallets with a sheet of plywood.
They curious porkers and they like there scraps. Every time I'm mowing or tractoring around they gotta see what's going on.
6 months ago
Rooter and Scooter are barnyard variety pigs appoxmatly five weeks old. Had been getting fed goat milk and 16%. I got them on 18%. Going to try to get them off gmo corn and switch them to soaked Milo soon as I can. Going to clean a 55 gallon barrel out and then soak it in five gallon buckets. They seem to be pretty happy in their 350sq ft enclosure. I am super excited. Got a local butcher that said he would teach me how to slaughter during deer season. Going to see if the bar will put scraps in a bucket for me. I shouldn't have named them when I feed them they look up at me like" You know what you're pretty cool guy". They are funny when I walk up to the fence. They scatter do a circle then face up to me like "wtf is matter with you sneaking up on us like that".
I can see how we got to confinement farming I was laying the bath tub thinking to my self. Now if I get six more pens that be x amount of pigs. Dang that will take up almost an entire acre what if we pack more pigs in there. Would be easy to get greedy.

I think I'm just going to try to raise these farrows as cheaply as possible and be thankfull they are so happy and healthy.
6 months ago
Use whatever logs you have to make dams with holes in them you want to slow the water down as much as possible and still let it drain. You slow it down so it can't take as much soil with it.
7 months ago
First thing you have to do is get the water out of it. Then you dry it out. Take your sod off first six inches don't use this for fill. Then take your dirt out mix it 5050 with rock put it back in so it's not the lowest spot create a path for the water to go where you want it. Put your sod back on.
7 months ago
Our dirt holds together pretty good but I'll be doing the 1'out for every 1' down after 4'. Collaspes do happen and they will kill you. I live in the northern hemispere 40.6. I plan on pulling warm into the green house pushing hot air out. We will see how fancy I get I was thinking about putting a temp sensor out there for this winter and just running the switch if it dips to low. I'm also considering g putting an insulated thermal water battery in. It's gonna be a big hole.
7 months ago
Got the diggers hotline called buddy's renting a skid steer with tracks for the weekend. Gona see where my underground electric runs though and I'm going down down baby. Planning on a. 16x30 hole. Going to over dog quite a bit so I can do it all with the skiddy.

It's going to be between house and shop the area is raised about four feet above the grade of the drive I'll come in side ways from in front of the shop and pile everything to the north of the hole. It shouldn't be hard to get to 8 feet. I will go deeper if I'm having a hard time finding the pipe. I know pretty much where it's at but I'll have to make a probe  when I start getting down to it. I think it's somewhere between 8' and 10' deep. This will be kinda intense. I have dug holes like this before to bury trees, with a front end loader.

The cool part is that it going to be over top of a 8" irrigation line that supplied water to a pivot point a quarter of a mile away. I'm hoping a can harvest some extra geothermal energy from it. It shouldn't be more than 4' down from the grade of the drive. I am planning on going 8ft down. I remember them putting it in they had the stinger on the ditch witch buried.

Im all excited and nervous. The ground I think is going to be very hard. So I'll be doing alot of the finish work with a pick. But I don't think I'll have to timber my sides. I wasn't really ready to do this yet but when you get free equipment you gotta go go go go. I really like to dig. All I gotta do is feed er diesel. Track machines are so nice you can really build square with them. CATS are the Cadillacs of the skid steer world.

There is also a buried water line that goes out to a stock tank that I wish they could locate for me so I could tie into it but perhaps another a day. I can run it from underneath the house I just really hate getting in the crawlspace. Not ideal we can get sustained 10-15 degree weather.

Street sweeper cocked ready to let it go. Hitting it this week end. Wish me luck.
7 months ago
That is mine thank you. Thank you guys for your replies. I think I'm going to smother a bunch of stuff. I get alot of tarps from the corn binkers at work. Interesting side note we have a compost pile there that is so N rich it started stuff on fire when they started pushing off the hill side. Weeds will try to grow in it as soon as it rains they get fried. I would use it but for the Roundup and atrizine. I think I will also start hot composting.
I love these forums this place is a treasure trove of how to and it seems like a very nice community of people also.
7 months ago