2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10, Page #44
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Irrigation Pipes Make Sturdy Buildings
Kenny Cemper started installing irrigation systems in 1969. A few years later, he made his first calving shed out of discarded pipes that he had replaced.
  "The main thing is that you make it perfectly square," Cemper emphasizes. "If you don't, you'll have problems with the steel siding. It's got to be perfect."
  He starts by making straight cuts on the pipes, tearing out hoses, and welding holes shut. He squares up a base of large pipes and welds them together. Then he tack welds upright pipes every 9 to 10 ft. and welds another rung of pipes around the top. He measures often to make sure everything remains level and square before he makes final welds sometimes using a come-along to pull pipes into line.
  He joins the vertical and horizontal pipes together with brackets made from angle iron. He welds longer pieces of the angle iron horizontally to the upright pipes for strength and to support the steel siding and roofing.
  His largest building was 40 by 60-ft. with 14-ft. walls. With the help of an assistant, he framed and put on the steel for the roof section on the ground and lifted the roof on to the irrigation pipe frame with six loader tractors.
  With the welded angle iron supports, Cemper says he believes his sheds will outlast any commercial sheds on the market. Using recycled material for the frame also saves money.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kenny Cemper, 87175 504th Ave, Page, Neb. 68766 (ph 402 394-1603).

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2010 - Volume #BFS, Issue #10