2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #64[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Rolling Well House Roof Helps Pull PumpThe last time James Padgett pulled up a bad well, he had to tear the roof off his well house. That won’t happen again thanks to the rolling roof he put on his new well house.
Padgett already had much of what he needed on his Lodge, S.C., property so he spent only about $200 for roofing and other materials for the project.
“The roof could be picked right off,” he says. But he designed it to roll on four 3-in. wheels attached to the roof. They roll on a channel iron track mounted between the siding and the interior wall. Inside, three U-hooks on each side slip into eye bolts screwed into the roof plates to hold the roof on securely.
When Padgett wants to roll the roof open, he folds out and locks triangle braces he made out of channel iron and flat bar mounted on homemade hinges, bolted to the outside wall. He unhooks the U-hooks inside, rolls the roof and hooks the two hooks on the end to balance the roof.
“The most challenging part was trying to get the door to open without interfering with the roof,” Padgett says. “I cut part of the front rafter so the door could clear.”
The shed is insulated and sealed air-tight to protect the well pump. The roof, insulated and covered with 90-lb. roofing paper, has held up well to strong winds since Padgett built the building a year ago.
His clever design has neighbors considering building similar sheds. It’s something anyone who has had to pull a well can appreciate.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, James Padgett, 2026 Carters Ford Rd., Lodge, S.C. 29082 (ph 843 866-2762).
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