2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6, Page #27
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Bale Elevator "Scaffold" Works Great For Re-Roofing Barn

When Mel Meister of West Point, Neb., had trouble finding a contractor to re-roof his 40-ft. high barn roof, he decided he might as well figure out how to do the job himself. The key to getting the job done was converting an old 60-ft. Deere bale elevator into a low-cost scaffold.
  Meister used 1-in. steel pipe to make a hand rail that runs up one side of the elevator. At the top of the elevator he attached a 12 by 4-ft. safety fence made by mounting hog paneling inside a steel pipe frame. The fence panel provides a safe 12-ft. area where Meister can sit or stand without fear of falling. And he can carry tin and other supplies up the elevator.
  The elevator is raised and lowered by a hydraulic motor winch.
  "I have been re-roofing one 10-ft. wide section of the barn at a time," says Meister. "The barn roof has an upper section which I'm re-roofing now, and a lower section. For the lower section I plan to attach a scaffold to the side of the barn for its entire length and use a ladder to access it."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mel Meister, 1241 D Road, West Point, Neb. 68788 (ph 402 372-2680; E-mail: dm85921@navix.net).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #6