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Big Water Trough Built In Sections From Precast Concrete
Bob Boehmler, Saskatoon, Sask., couldn't find a water trough big enough for his needs at a cost he could justify, so he built his own 24-ft. long tank by designing a set of concrete forms that let him cast the big tank in sections.
  "By forming the tank in sections I can build a water trough to any desired length. It's a relatively inexpensive way to build a big trough," says Boehmler.
  His water trough was built in three sections that measure 8 ft. long, 4 ft. wide, and 2 1/2 ft. high. A local company made up steel forms. He laid rebar inside the forms and filled them with concrete.
  The center section was left open at both ends while the two outside sections are open only at one end.
  Once the sections were dry, he set the tank sections on railroad ties. At each joint he applied a 1/2-in. wide rubber seal in a 1/2-in. notch cut in each end piece.
  The trough sidewalls are 2 in. thick at the top but taper to 4 in. wide at the bottom. The floor is 3 1/2 in. thick. The bottom of the trough slopes downward a total of one inch from one end to the other. There's a drain hole at the lower end.
  "It offers plenty of capacity for my 50 cows and cost only about $750 to make," says Boehmler. "It holds about 1,050 gallons. The sections weigh about one ton apiece so the trough is quite heavy. So even when it's empty the cows can't push it around. I use my front-end loader to move the sections. I've made similar troughs for other ranchers in our area. Any number of sections can be put together. I even put together two 8-ft. long troughs to make a 16-ft. long swimming pool for our grandchildren."
  Boehmler says he's willing to help anyone who's interested in purchasing a set of steel forms.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Boehmler, Rt. 5, Saskatoon, Sask., Canada S7K 3J8 (ph 306 374-8815; fax 306 343-9888).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #3