1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Powered Side Walls Heat & Cool
Russ used 2 by 4's to build frames for the 8 by 20-ft. panels and nailed clear corrugated roofing to them. He hinged the panels at the top.
He mounted a 1 hp electric motor and gear box off a Knight manure spreader underneath the eves. A 200-ft. long piece of 1 1/2-in. dia. pipe that runs the length of the building runs the gearbox with a U-joint.
The pipe turns in hardwood bearings suspended under the rafters. It raises or lowers the side panels with a series of 1/8-in. dia. cables.
"They provide solar heat in winter and controlled ventilation in summer. They can be raised to any height and left open," Russ says. "Plus, they'll last longer than roll-up type canvas walls. And they allow the use of a feeder wagon from outside the barn to fill bunks, which are just inside the wall."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William E. Russ, 8309 Mitchell Rd., Roscoe, Ill. 61073 (ph 815 885-3465).
Click here to download page story appeared in.
Click here to read entire issue
To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.