[Homestead] Farm building plans, equipment plans

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Sat Sep 11 21:44:38 EDT 2004

In the U.S. and Canada

Tvoivozhd---just for the hell of it, I opened a few links on plans for 
farm buildings, some equipment.  This is the one from Colorado. 
Downloaded plans are $5.00 for the first page, $2.00 for each additional 
page.  http://www.cerc.colostate.edu/Blueprints/Farmbuildings.htm

http://journeytoforever.org/at_linkag.html  (start with Keith Addison's 
website and book list)

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~mwps_dis/mwps_web/fr_matls.html  (Midwest 
Plans service)


http://muextension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/agengin/  (University 
of Missouri farm publications)

http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/plans/  (North Dakota)
http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/plans/Construction1.htm  (building 
trusses, walls including adobe, pole buildings, straw barn, shed)
http://www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/abeng/plans/MISC.htm  (Iike the 
Miscellaneous list, old fashioned ice house, ice packed in sawdust, 
slaughter house with cooler and smokeroom, root cellar, woodfired water 
heater, rabbit hutches, rabbit barn, sugarhouse which would be useful if 
the damned acid rain hadn't killed all my sugar maples and probably 
yours too. Log lifter should be useful as all log lifters are. hulling 
and scarifying machine, sod cutter if you want a quick-fix on pasture 
washout areas, evaporator refrigerator if you live in a dry climate,)

(Virginia images, old and new---shelling corn, acorn haystacks, 
gambrel-roofed pole barn using round poles, not milled ones.  Gambrel 
looks nice, adds a lot of room, but I keep thinking about sliding off 
the damned thing when it needs roof repair---shed roof doesn't look as 
nice but is a damn sight easier to build, safer for maintainance.

http://www.eere.energy.gov/consumerinfo/factsheets/da1.html  (a builder 
or owner has to be blind stupid not to heat their new house at least 80% 
with solar energy---could make it 100% but the last 20% costs more.

And only a brain-damaged farmer would put up a dairy parlor or any other 
farm building without using solar heat to dry grain, hay---you really 
don't want spontaneous combustion from damp hay

http://bioengr.ag.utk.edu/Extension/ExtPubs/PlanList97.htm  (University 
of Tennessee building plans including poultry and Pigeons---keep pigeons 
in town, they are great scroungers, and goshawks permitting, always come 
home to roost, eat, drink, confer with their family and friends.  
Greenhouses and pig palaces so you don't have to keep them i the back 
bedroom like Gee Gee at Heartwood or his Phoenix Borracho suburb. Hey, 
roadside or PYO roadstands too---moke those strawberries in perforated 
barrels a lot more profitable.  Solar fruit dryer that I haven't looked 
at, don't know if it is like the downdrabt Homepower one with a heat 
chimney to really draw dry air through veggie and fruit slices. Bunch of 
pole barns too, lot of other good plans.  
(you want some really cheap land , go to the Yukon but first learn how 
to build an igloo here:

Don't worry about your meat supply, it will come right to your door, 
demanding to talk to you---called a grizzly bear.

And how to build, lead your dog team (better catch a lot of fish for 
them too)

Build this log home:, 
and better yet a warmer, easier0-to-build cordwood masonry home.

More on building with logs:

In Canada your house really needs to be energy efficient so you aren't 
sawing wood every day.

climatic considerations for building Canadian houses:

Dictionary of building:

Building tips:

Permafrost is a harsh reality that must be obeyed:

Harnessing earthworms---this can be difficult, they tend to be slimy ad 
the harness can slip off---not as fast as your Iditarod dog team or the 
killer whale that tows your umiak.

Yeah, National Building Code rears its ugly head, even in Canada. Not 
everywhere yet and if you are a hundred miles back in moose pasture, and 
the porcupine ate the building inspector's snowshoes, you might not see 
him for the next ten years or more.

You must be able to interpret survey plans:

Don't know what the hell "surrendered lands" are, maybe they couldn't 
fight off a crocodile invasion---but it sounds like the price is right, 
find out about it here:

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