Sunday, January 2, 2011
And Then There Was Light
The big barn has power. I am not am electrician and am sure a real one would have done it in half the time but it does not matter now.
This was the first step in using the 30'X50' building for something other than storing junk. It also gives me the capability of building on bad weather days so no more excuses for me now.
The completed barn plans are;
1. Have eight 5'X8' Chicken breeder pens with outside runs.
2. A 20'X10' Enclosed tool shop area.
3. A 10'X10' Incubator room.
4. A 10'X10' Brooder room.
5. A 10'X6' Worm farm area.
6 A 10'X10' Small fish farm area.
7. With all the space taken up I am trying to figure out where I am going to put the minnow tank.
I bet you this, it might not all get done this year but at least I have power down there now.
If you are interested, here is the breakdown on the little project.
Materials Retail Picked Saved
370' of 3/4" Conduit $75.00 $75.00 $0.00
1200# Mule Tape $20.00 Trash Pile $20.00
1050' of #6 Wire $990.00 Trash Pile $990.00
75' of #12 Wire $35.00 Trash Pile $35.00
Trencher Rental $200.00 Dinner $200.00
Breaker Box $38.00 Trash Pile $38.00
50 & 20 amp Breakers $25.00 $8.00 (The 50 on Hand) $17.00
J boxes, Plugs & Switches $14.00 $2.00 (Some on Hand) $12.00
2 Shop Lights $40.00 From A Demoed Building $40.00
Totals $1437.00 $85.00 $1352.00
I don't put this cost breakdown up to brag or anything of the sorts. I put it up to show what scrounging, bartering and doing favors for other people can do to the overall bottom line of a project if your lucky. I admit, I lucked out on the wire. They were end pieces of a spool and could not be used on long 500' runs so they were trashed, all I did was ask.
If you were wondering, the bee boxes have dried and are put up till spring. I plan to order a 2 pound swarm in April so that gives me some more time to read and study about the little things.
I can't wait till get that cool looking hat they wear.