$100 Ideas

January 31, 2010 06:23 AM

Hooks for Hoses
We recently updated our machine shed and I needed to find a new way to neatly store electric cords and air hoses. I liked the concept of a garden hose reel, but they were too big and expensive, so I made my own and scaled their size for my use. I beveled the corners of a 10" long piece of 2x8. Then, I stacked a 2" wide piece of 6" diameter PVC pipe flat against the wall with the beveled board on the outside. Using 23⁄8" heavy-duty bolts with washers, I attached the board and pipe to the wall. The hooks are low-profile and keep the hoses organized without kinks.

Bill Tobe
Rossburg, Ohio

Clean Lug Bolts
I got a flat tire on my pickup traveling between the farm and the house. The lug bolts were so caked in mud that I could hardly remove them, and I didn't have a wire brush to clean them. Now I slip pieces of flexible plumbing pipe over each bolt so the threads stay clean. The pipe fits snugly over the bolts but can be removed easily with a pair of tongue-and-groove pliers. 
Kyle Singleton
Ferron, Utah

Sweat-Free and Straight
With the terrible drought we've had in southern Texas the past few years, I decided to route the excess water from my solar water well supply to my stock tank. This is easier said than done, as the tank is 2,300' away, which would be a long distance to use my walk-behind ditcher. So I ordered a new gearbox and a couple of belts and converted my walk-behind to a PTO-powered ditcher. I welded new mounting hardware for the three-point hitch and mounted the gearbox. With GPS on my tractor, I drove a straight line from the well to the stock tank.

With Mother Nature working against him, Darryl Mueller had to find a new way to get water to his cows. Instead of fighting a walk-behind ditcher for more than 2,000', Mueller adjusted the machine to make it a trail-behind PTO-powered ditcher. He reports the project cost him $200 and 10 hours to put
together. Mueller raises cattle on Muellerfarms in the southern tip of Texas.

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