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  • What is your latest jerry rig at the barn?


    edited: Sorry, clicked a little fast here.

    What is your latest jury rig at the barn? Duct tape, baling twine!!

    Mine was duct taping the antenna back on the radio. And, a post is rotting so we tied it with twine in hopes it'll last till Spring?!?!?!
    Last edited by pines4equines; Dec. 29, 2008, 10:01 PM. Reason: Fixed misspelling...
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  • #2
    We were putting two panels together and the regular pins welded to the sides were not making them as steady as we wanted.
    I found a piece of some 10" light rebar I had been using as a stake, to string our cord to get a straight line, bent it on the trailer hitch pin hole, with a length of pipe, into a U, to fit at the top, at 7' high, so out of the way of horses, connecting both panels tightly and still can be pulled out if we need to move them again.
    Fits like it was supposed to be there


    • #3
      My hose reel is literally held together with baling twine. First the back wheels wanted to come apart so I tied them together. Then the handle on the reel fell back because the plastic do-hickies cracked that held it up. Ah baling twine to the rescue! Now the handle is back where it should be. Last winter when the back wheel problem surfaced, I figured I'd try to get the reel to limp along till spring when I could replace it. Well, spring came and went and the wheels were holding up just fine! Why do anything???

      About 1.5 wks ago was when the handle collapsed. I'm gonna try again to limp to spring. Who knows, it might just last a couple more years!

      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


      • #4
        The barn. Literally.

        65mph windstorms, three in a ROW, left my coverall barns destroyed. One actually was moved about 10 from where it started, and two of the tie down stakes pulled right out of the FROZEN ground. These barns have survived hurricanes with less damage.

        Anyway... Replacement covers on backorder. I can't really afford custom covers right now... so the back barn is covered with a heavy silver tarp, 30 x 24'. Put up in a nor'easter (the start of one) and it's the wrong way. BUT, I couldn't turn it as the storm was getting worse, so I anchored it and figured on a 'nice' day I'd fix it... found out it's more stable/secure the way it is. Whoda thunk? The side away from the wind (leeward?) ends about 2' above the ground... but that's ok because the snow and rain don't blow in that way. And I've got about a 3/4 front 'wall' that I don't normall have when it's in run-in mode. (I take the 'back' wall off to make it a run-in--essentially it's a roof and two long sides set up like this... normally it's 3 sides.) We had a fairly significant storm since then, and it survived that too. I'm hoping it'll survive the whole winter, as screwed up as it looks... it's warm and dry.

        Plans are to put brand new 'barns' up next year, and retire the current 'barns' to run-in shed status. (I take the pieces and put them back together to make 14x16 run-in sheds. Pipe panels, plywood 'walls' and a heavy tarp 'roof.' The run-ins actually look fabulous and are super warm and wind-proof. )
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        • #5
          Pintopiaffe wow you are really creative with your Cover it tents! haha I have $100.00 worth of heavy brown and silver tarps and cords in the trunk of my car that I was going to jerry rig and bolster up mine with! I am also in maine and since the dang things just survived these hellacious storms with just my ductape on all their joints and my husband doesn't want to help deal with these poopy run ins I will probably just return them and hope the tents stay up until spring...I never thought of salvaging these with wood sides in the spring... that is brilliant! Come spring I will have to ask you how to do this!

          Today I jerryrigged two turnout blankets with fabric glue....after I pirated some straps and snaps off a little beat up one that doesn't fit my current horses that I never threw out.


          • #6
            I have a toy truck under my water bucket to make it level.


            • #7
              Gorilla tape (great stuff!) on the top part of my trailer awning holding it together until I can get a replacement!! I think this stuff is going to replaced duct tape for me...
              "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"


              • #8
                Originally posted by pintopiaffe View Post
                The barn. Literally.
                Ditto. Our barn consists of two tractor trailers spaced 20 feet apart with a roof over the space in the middle. Pretty, it ain't, but even after yesterday's fierce winds (which managed to take out three healthy trees, remove the shutters from the house, and knock over a cast iron chiminea), it is still standing.


                • #9
                  horses broke two oak rails in the paddock / dry lot area.

                  I noticed that if I pulled the two pieces together the split overlapped. so I used a bunch of wire ties and "fixed" the rails.

                  doesn't look good and is only temporary but its holding for now


                  • #10
                    Ready for a laugh???

                    the small pony broke his gate. So...I rigged two old dressage girths....braided bailing twine...secured it with some bull snaps....and Viola...
                    A stall gaurd was born!!

                    It looks so ghetto!
                    "Lose your temper, lose your horse" -someone wise enough to know better than to pick a fight with a 1200 lb animal that could launch you to the moon.


                    • #11
                      I would be utterly lost without heavy duty zip ties. For me, at least, they work better than t-p0ost clips when securing no-climb fencing to t-posts on our temporary corral, and are fantastic for rigging canvas run-in shelters. We position them so the horses can't chew on the long end, or trim it close.

                      After our recent spate of extreme weather (extreme for Western Oregon, that is) my husband discovered that our second set of cable chains on our van had been damaged, and the excess length was flopping. Turns out the metal piece that secures it had been pulled straight. I suggested my favorite remedy of a zip tie, and what do you know --- success!

                      They're right up there with WD40 and Dawn dishwashing detergent!
                      They're not miniatures, they're concentrates.

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                      • #12
                        I have just had to bungee-cord the muffler on my truck... Luckily I don't drive much (if at all), and it only has to hold till Friday - wish me luck.

                        As a sailor, though, I must give proper credit: the term is actually "jury rig[ged]" and comes from what one must do if one's main mast breaks. The temporary replacement, made of whatever materials one has at hand (since a main mast is too big to carry a spare), is called a "jury mast" - and since all the assorted bits which make a sailboat actually sail are called the "rigging," you get "jury rig" for a temporary fix put together with whatever one might have on hand.

                        Like my muffler arrangement, the jury mast is not nearly as sturdy as a real main mast, and so putting in at the nearest port (or nearest NAPA ) for permanent repair is the only reasonable (and safe) course of action.
                        Proud member of the EDRF


                        • #13
                          I now have two corner posts that broke off at ground level lashed to three T-posts with baling string until spring comes... Pretty, no. Working, yes...

                          We have a saying in our house-- "Barry would be proud of you!"

                          Barry is the husband of a friend of mine who can literally Jury rig anything out of anything. The Salvage King, he is.

                          They had a quite extraordinary and very functional 4-stall barn built almost entirely out of wooden pallets.


                          • Original Poster


                            Kementari. Thank you for the correction on jury rig. You know funny thing is, I'd always said jury rig and then someone corrected me a few years ago and rather than looking it up, I believed them. But thanks for that, now if I see that person again, I can correct them!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by pines4equines View Post
                              Kementari. Thank you for the correction on jury rig. You know funny thing is, I'd always said jury rig and then someone corrected me a few years ago and rather than looking it up, I believed them. But thanks for that, now if I see that person again, I can correct them!
                              My pleasure - I am a trivia geek sometimes.

                              When I told someone else the same thing earlier this year, and he said that he had always thought "jerry rig" was nicer because he assumed that "jury rig" implied something to do with tampering with the judicial system. He was happy to hear it was an innocent term after all (and even applied particularly well to the "repair" we were discussing, as it was to a sailboat ).
                              Proud member of the EDRF


                              • #16
                                my horse is wearing the leg out of a pr of pants from Old Navy on his noggin. Two ear holes cut into it, and only one eye hole...the other is covering an eye injury the crotch seam runs between his ears



                                • #17
                                  [QUOTE=katarine;3763272]my horse is wearing the leg out of a pr of pants from Old Navy on his noggin. Two ear holes cut into it, and only one eye hole...the other is covering an eye injury the crotch seam runs between his ears



                                  • #18
                                    I think I was the only peep at Old Navy Christmas Eve buying pants for my horse


                                    • #19
                                      I tie up my horses' tails for the winter, but instead of buying the chi-chi tail bags, I cut strips out of an old pair of jeans, braided them into the tail, folded it up and vet-wrapped it. One month and still holding!

                                      I also had the cover-all experience with a couple of the tent carports used as hay sheds. I didn't lash down the first one firmly enough and it wound up 12 acres away and 40 feet up on the trees (it came down eventually ). The second one got lashed to rebar, but suffered a similar fate this summer after rains soaked the ground so thoroughly that it was like pulling push pins out of a corkboard.

                                      I also agree with zip ties--I think they are even more useful than duct tape!
                                      Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.


                                      • #20
                                        I have a few fence boards being reinforced with that black gorilla tape (my fences are painted black, so you can't really tell from a distance). I also used the gorilla tape to make a halter repair (the snap had ripped through the leather loop) and it has held up for 4 months now!

                                        I also have some padded leg straps on my gelding's winter blankets (he had a rash on the inside of his legs that I didn't want the straps to rub on). I cut the toes open on some mens long tube socks, slipped them over the straps, and duct taped the ends to the leg straps.
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