1986 - Volume #10, Issue #5, Page #11[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Build Yourself A Tire Fence
Using old car and truck tires delivered free to her farm by a firm happy to get rid of them, Angela sorted them into similar sizes, then stacked them 7 to 9 rows high to fence in horse, sheep and other animals.
The tires are stacked flat and each one overlaps its neighbor on either side by half a tire. Her horse sometimes plays with a tire in the top row, nudging it loose. However, it's easily repositioned since the tires aren't secured, other than by the weight of one on top the other.
Angela's tire fence needs very little maintenance and is easy and inexpensive to build. If a portion of it should ever catch fire, or if you needed to make an emergency opening to drive wide equipment through, you can simply push out a section to create the opening.
In addition to containing animals, the tall tire fence also provides shade in summer, and wind protection in winter.
Near the house, Angela used four rows of tires to make an ornamental fence. She put a false bottom in the top row of tires so they could be filled with dirt. She then planted flowers in the top row of tires, along with vines and other creeping-type plants which eventually extend down to cover the wall of tires.
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