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Re: Feed Trough Designs

Postby BRYANT » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:55 pm

greybeard wrote:
BRYANT wrote:for range meal ,has a lot of salt in it, and mineral I use a feeder like this one



Had any trouble with the nails/screws falling apart?

I have a small one I built as a loose salt/loose mineral feeder but at times also put 3:1 or 2:1 range meal in it.. 4 yrs old now but even with galvanized bolts and nails, it's fasteners are succumbing to salt corrosion especially on the trough itself and the legs.

Also, the salt does something to the wood. Dunno how to describe it, but the wood has become soft & fibrous on the outside..kind of 'hairy' if you know what I mean. It was oak and pt yellow pine.

this one in the picture is only around 3 yrs. old but I have one at another place that is some where's around 10 yrs. old and I keep the range meal in one side and wind/rain in the other side. I keep both mineral and the range meal out all year long, so it has had quite a bit use and I can not tell that there is any problem so far. I use poor grade, cheapest, lumber I can buy therefore the seams may not be the tightest so I lay a piece of plywood in the bottoms. I can see some rust starting on the sheet metal but not to bad yet. The one that is 10 yrs. old I would think I can get another 7 years or so from the way it looks, if they last 15 - 20 yrs. I wont complain. I do not use treated lumber.
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