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Merry-Go-Round Spins On Mobile Home Axle
Earl Wagner says the $500 he spent on a merry-go-round for his grandchildren was well worth it.
  It started with half an axle used for moving mobile homes. “I was setting up mobile homes and I realized it could be used as a merry-go-round if I stuck it in the ground,” he recalls.
  He welded a crisscross of 2-ft. sections of I-beam to the end of the shaft, and buried it about 6 ft. deep, cemented in place with six bags of premixed concrete.
  He framed the deck from the hub to the five corners with 1/2 by 3-in. steel and welded 1 by 2-in. square tubing on top of that. Most of the cost was for welding services and the 1/8-in. aluminum he pop-riveted for the deck. After eight years of use by six grandkids – and some adults – it looks like new.
  He recycled mobile home anchors to make handles. Wagner beefed up the merry-go-round with rebar underneath for added stability.
  “My grandkids love it. They like to lay on it and look at the sky,” Wagner says.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Earl Wagner, 40744 River Rd., Dade City, Fla. 33525 (ph 352 521-5082).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5