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Device Keeps Conveyor Belt Fencing Tight
Repurposed Materials owner Damon Carson sells a lot of repurposed conveyer belt, but credits his customers for finding ways to use it. Recently he shared a customer’s tip for keeping a conveyer belt horse fence tight as a drum.
  “Conveyer belt trimmings have characteristics that are ideal for horses,” says Carson. “They are soft, yet strong and protect the horse, unlike steel or wood fences. The problem is that the material will stretch over time. One of our customers came up with a device to fix that.”
  The device is as simple as it is low cost. It consists of a length of pipe sized to match the width of the belt being used. A hole is drilled through the pipe to match the diameter of a length of threaded rod. It is butt-welded to the corral’s corner post at the height desired to mount the belt.
  The belt is cut to length, doubled over and bolted back on itself to form a loop around an end post. Once the loop has been secured (with rivets or bolts), the belt is threaded through retainers at each pipe until it reaches the opposing end post. After pulling it tight, a second loop is formed close to the threaded rod.
  A hole drilled in the center of the loop lets it be drawn over the threaded rod. The pipe is then inserted inside the loop and slid over the rod. A simple nut and washer lock the pipe and loop in place.
  “The belt will stretch over time and become lax,” says Carson. “When it does, it is a simple matter to tighten the nut on the rod, drawing the pipe and belt with it.”
  Carson has shared pictures of the device with other customers interested in repurposed belting. It has helped increase sales and uses for what would otherwise be landfill waste.
  “Our customer’s practical ingenuity has helped turn a waste stream into viable fence railing,” he says. “It is real cowboy engineering and a good example of what our frugal, resourceful and innovative customers can do.”
  It is that “cowboy engineering” that has helped Repurposed Materials grow from a Denver, Colo. base to warehouses and yards in Chicago, Atlanta and soon Dallas, Texas.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Repurposed Materials, 10220 Brighton Rd., Henderson, Colo. 80640 (ph 303 321-1471; www.repurposedmaterialsinc.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #1