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Inexpensive Parts Washer
Michael Casson, Chandler, Ind.: "I used an old stainless steel laundry room sink, an old cabinet door, and a 30-gal. steel barrel to make an inexpensive parts washer. The barrel contains cleaning fluid. A pump mounted on an angle iron frame bolted to the bottom of the sink pumps fluid through a hose up into the sink. The cabinet door is used as a lid and is hinged on back so I can flip it up or down. The angle iron frame keeps the sink centered over the barrel. The 2 by 3-ft. sink is big enough to wash engine heads and blocks. A screen in the sink drain filters out big pieces of dirt. Dirty fluid drains out the bottom of the sink and back into the barrel. I change the fluid twice a year.
"I got tired of having to open and close gates all the time on my horse corral so I came up with a simple solution. I left an opening by the gate that's just wide enough so that I can turn sideways and slip through. My horses are too big to go through it."

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #3