1987 - Volume #11, Issue #1, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Inner tube helps thaw water tank"It's a new idea farmers have developed to keep water available in water tanks all winter," says Bob Wood, Adrian, Texas. He says the idea is to partially fill tractor inner tubes with water and float them in water tanks.
"The black tubes absorb warmth from the sun. Because they remain half-submerged in the water, they melt the ice around them and when cattle nudge them, they sink and fresh water comes up around them. It makes for an inexpensive water thermostat," says Wood. He uses the idea in water tanks 12 to 15 ft. across.
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