Today, the big activity was cobbling up a goat hauling trailer. Rules for this type of activity is that ya gotta use what's laying around the place, 1 trip to town and 2 trips to Jim's, the neighbor that has one each of anything.
packgoatguy has a trailer that is the front half of the one I have and hauls 3 goats. So the front half of mine otta do for a couple of little fellas.
Here's what I started with.
The first task was to come up with what we call around here, a cattle panel. 15.x X 40 inches. Not much searching brought me to what I needed that was part of a "scare fence". I'll worry about replacing it when the neighbor puts the horses back in the pasture.
The next task was to bend the the panel into a 3 sided configuration 4' x 4' x whatever ( the gap will be the door.).
Here's my first attempt at building a "bender". It didn't work out so well.
After scratching my noggin for a bit, I decide to use one of my trips to Jim's.
After some description and a crude drawing, a few hunting stories and wacking a couple of starlings, I returned with two pieces of 1/2 x 4 x 40 steel plate. (did I mention that Jim has a couple of anything.
I replaced the cedar fence lath with the steel put the handle from the Handyman jack on the 2" pipe wrench (none of my tools are very large
) and WhoopDeeDo a clean bend.
About that time I got hungry for breakfast. Looked like a good opportunity to pretend I was up in the mountains. Hey a fella can dream anytime he wishes.
I broke out the Maytag washer lid, uncovered the bbq and got the stuff together for some french toast. (If ya ever wanted a best of the best camp griddles, the Maytag washer lid, from the ancient wringer model my mother had, is the best of the best. You can be one of the goats will be packin' that sucker.
Seeing as I was at the house while this dream was happening, I grabbed my nifty Harbor Freight IR temp thingy to determine griddle temperature. The french toast was lookin' good. This is the temp. This thing is great for reading cartridge, chamber and barrel temperatures. Gave some meaningful data for input into Shooter for MV vs temperature.
Most projects have a tool list. Here's the list for this one.
A sad moment occurred during the activities. My long time faithful Habitat Invasion Vehicle Model 2 (HIV-II) was taken to the recycling yard. (Tears go here
) Son-in-law ran her w/o oil, freezing the cams. (More tears go here.)
It's sad to note that I had to use my one alloted trip to town for parts. Made the run for a latch for the door. Didn't feel too bad about that. I made up for it by using a piece of clothes line rope to ensure that the locking snap for the latch wouldn't be misplaced.
It ain't purty, but what the heck does a goat know?
One of these days the junk piles around the place are gonna get depleted and I'll be forced to give the local economy a boost.
Tomorrow the rodeo happens. Gotta figure a way, without bustin' a kidney loose or anything else for that matter, to get the goats through that door for the first time. Heck, it would take some convincing for me to jump through that sucker.
This is gonna be good. BTW, wiffie blew up, kind of, when she learned what I was working on was for. She grew up on a farm and knows I know nothing about getting ready before hand for dogs, horses, angora goats, and now these things. She mentioned I'm crazy. Guess she can't envision a goat carrying anything.