Re: Somewhere in the night...
- From: Frank Reid <flytyer37@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2010 05:32:21 -0800 (PST)
On Dec 6, 7:38 am, Debbie <deb...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 12/6/2010 8:10 AM, Frank Reid wrote:
I passed my three month mark of smobriety.
I'm back to exercising and feeling really good. Oh, yeah, there are a
few aches and pains in places I didn't know I had places, but overall,
its all good. Just going about it slowly, following a plan that
includes weight and stretching on the Total Gym and heart rate monitor
training on the elliptical.
Currently, I'm mixing my new-found free time between tying flies (ice
kinda prevents fly fishing at this time) and rehabilitating (not
restoring, don't have that much energy) a 1947 International Harvester
manure spreader (http://preview.tinyurl.com/2d9p9xh). Okay, what is a
suave and debonair urbanite like me doing with a manure spreader?
Well, I'll tell you.
We have a place nearby that composts all the leaves and grass for the
metro area. Its 15-month compost and is awesome. Great non-burning
fertilizer and top dressing. I have 2 1/2 acres, my partner has 6+
acres and the neighbors have a lot more. One neighbor used it on his
yard (shoveling it out of a trailer by hand) and his grass is so
thick, there is no chance for a weed.
We needed a way to spread this stuff. Its incredibly cheap (a pick up
truck load is about 6 dollars US). We have a dump truck available, a
tractor, but nothing to spread it except muscle. Bought the spreader
for scrap value and am going to clean it all up, sand blast it, weld
in some plates where the rust has gotten to it, paint it IH red, put
some new oak boards in the bottom until it eventually looks like
this. http://preview.tinyurl.com/23qxblc We will then get truck-
loads of this compost and top-dress about 10, and probably 50 acres of
So, now you know WAY more about manure spreaders, but hey, I got lots
of energy now that I wouldn't have had before I quit.
Three months, 8 hours, 10 minutes and 11 seconds. 2009 cigarettes not
smoked, saving $436.26. Life saved: 6 days, 23 hours, 25 minutes.
Congratulations on 3 months!
We used to have an old John Deere chain driven spreader. Now we
have a bigger PTO driven one. Manure spreaders really are one of
those "must have" items. :P
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Well, the spreader will be pulled behind a 1940 Farmall. It will look