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How To Turn A Tire Into A Water Trough

Old tires make great livestock water troughs, says Robert Bach, Owingsville, Ky., who replaced the 500-gal. concrete water tanks he had been using with large rubber earthmover tires.
"Tire water troughs cost less and will last longer than concrete or metal containers," says Bach.

The earthmover tires were given to him by a tire dealer. They weigh anywhere from 3,000 to 5,600 lbs. depending on size. (The tire shown in the photo is an 8-ft. poly cord tire that weighs about 3,500 lbs.). He uses a chain saw to cut the bead off one side of the tire. Then he buried the tire about 1 ft. deep in the ground.
Once the tire is buried in place, he installs the water line, fittings, and shut-off valve in the tire. He places a small piece of plastic sheeting on the ground in the center of the tire. The plastic sheeting is extended as far out as possible to prevent ground water from reaching the concrete and cracking it during freezing and thawing. The center of the tire is then filled with concrete until the concrete is level with the bottom bead on the tire. After the concrete has hardened he installs the stand pipe, float system, and overflow, if desired.
"We've installed three tanks so far and are making two more. They hold more water and are wider in diameter than the concrete tanks we had been using," notes Bach.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert M. Bach, 1787 Wyoming Road, Owingsville, Ky. 40360 (ph 606 674-2953).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #2