1987 - Volume #11, Issue #2, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractor Rims Make Inexpensive CulvertsYou can make low cost road culverts by simply welding tractor rims together.
Henry Rieff, the county commissioner for Hale County Texas, thought up the idea and now has the county's road maintenance crews welding rims together and installing the culverts.
Rieff notes that welding 18 36-in. dia. rims together produces a 24-ft. long home-built culvert for a total cost of $20 ù a substantial savings to taxpayers over the $700 price of a new "store-bought" 24-in. dia. corrugated steel culvert of comparable (24-ft.) length.
Reiff figures that the homemade culverts, made of a much heavier metal, will last "at least twice as long as commercial made culverts".
The county gets most of the rims from local farmers and tire dealers.
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