1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Self Propelled BalerAnother old-time project that I'm proud of is a 16-ft. trailer house I built in 1946 which has two full beds, a table, closet and cabinets. It's mounted low to the ground on a welded frame covered with corrugated aluminum sheeting. It's lightweight and stream-lined. I still have it on my farm.
One innovation we came up with years ago is a way to keep rain water fresh in a giant cistern. I rigged up a "winged" windmill above the cistern that drives a shaft that runs down to about 1 ft. above the bottom of the underground tank. A Maytag washing machine flywheel mounts on the bottom of the shaft. Everytime the wind blows, water gets churned up, keeping it fresh and sweet-smelling. Never turns putrid. (William K. Ehm, 7356th St., Phillipsburg, Kan. 67661 ph 913 543-5721)
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