May 1, 2014
A Day Of Cleaning, Maintenance, And Repair In The Equipment Barn
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It's no secret that I like things clean, organized, and in good working condition. This is a standard that I try to impress on everyone who works for me. Yesterday was a cold, windy, and rainy day and I asked my farm crew to focus their attention on indoor chores.
1 The weather yesterday was cold, windy, and wet, and working outdoors would have been quite unpleasant.
2 A rainy day is a good day for cleaning and organizing and the focus was on the equipment barn. By the way, the color of this barn and all the buildings on the farm is Bedford Gray.
3 There was much going on inside the equipment barn.
4 Chhewang was busy with all of the pruning shears. Here he is first washing them in the old soapstone sink.
5 He then used fine steelwool to remove any roughness.
6 He scrubbed vigorously.
7 And then dried the shears off.
8 This is a blade sharpening tool.
9 Chhewang passed it over one blade a few times.
10 He then flipped the shears around to sharpen the opposing blade.
11 He then place the cutting blades into a jar of denatured alcohol to sterilize. I am really fearful of a horrible disease called boxwood blight, a fungus that has become a real problem. The spores spread rapidly and can quickly kill entire hedges, which would be devastating at the farm. This sterilizing is a precaution.
12 After the sterilizing process, Chhewang applied 3-In-One oil to the joint and also rubbed it into the blade.
13 All clean, sharp, and ready to snip! These Japanese pruning shears do an excellent job. Made from Japanese sword steel, they deliver very smooth cuts, just like a samurai!
14 My very own sheers
15 Chhewang worked his way through all the shears.
16 Across the way, all of the garden tools had been removed from their hooks.
17 Even though these tools are cleaned after use, once every couple of months, they're given a powerwashing. This is Phurba manning the sprayer.
18 Powerwashing removes imbedded soil. It's also a good opportunity to check each tool for any repairs that may need to be made.
19 After powerwashing, Dendi rehung the tools.
20 Dendi lifted while Phurba passed over the handles.
21 Phurba also gave these weed-gathering buckets a good washing.
22 Dendi continued organizing the tools while Phurba began spraying the floor.
23 Nicely done!
24 At the other end of the equipment barn, Chhiring was performing maintenance on all of the sprinklers, and there are a lot of them.
25 The sprinklers on this table were found to be in good working order, with washers replaced and all parts moving well.
26 These, however, have issues that need to be addressed. Better to find out now, before their service is required.
27 Chhiring made some changes to the tripod sprinklers.
28 They were fitted with plastic plumbing joints, which were worn out and leaking badly last year.
29 He purchased metal elbow joints to replace the plastic.
30 He had a jar of joint compound, which is a plumbing sealer.
31 He applied the compound to the joint threads.
32 And screwed on the new fitting
33 When put to the test, all systems go!