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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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I moved to West Texas ten years ago from Alaska and had never seen dry weather like we have in this part of the world. I married my wife shortly after moving here, she owns a farm and one of the important part of farming, especislly dry land farming, like Vesata's farm is. An important instrument on these dry land farms is the "Rain Guage". Now there is a large pipe in the ground out on the west side of the house. The pipe is about four feet in height with a six in I.D. I have no idea what it was placef there for but Vesta had her rain gauge placed in the top of this pipe, there was some dirt in the top of the pipe and the rain gauge just set in the dirt but did not stand straight up very well, and decided to fis that. I got a piece of wood from the shop about six inches square, it was wide enough to just barely fit inside of that pipe after using a hammer to drive it in. With rain gauge affixed to the the board there was no way that the gauge could keep from standing straight up and getting a good read on any rainfall, this worked pretty well for a few years. Now before I go much further I need to say the board was from the shop and was, supposedly kiln dried lumber, don't recall the species right now. Well, three years ago the drought set in, almost no rain but lots of hot dry wind and no cotton grew to amount to much. One day I recently I noticed that the rain gauge was missing and when I looked, I found that it along with the bosrd was at the bottom of the pipe, the wood had dried out enough to cause it to shrink enough to drop down inside of the pipe. What I believed to be pretty dry wood was not so dry after all. We just bought a new rain guage and it has its own stand that goes into the ground, we don't need the pipe for this one. Oh yes, we have gotten some rain this year and I doublt if I could pull that board back to the top of the pipe even if I could get a hold of it some how. Yes, it can get dry here in West Texas.

Maybe the board didn't shrink, and the pipe just expanded in the heat, who knows.

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I remember west Texas having some wind, too. One ranch there had an old logging chain with 1/2" thick links that they used as a wind gauge. When it started flapping in the wind they called it a mild zephyr but they admitted that when the wind started popping off links, folks liked to stay inside.

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The front of our shop here in west Texas faces south. The building was built as a motor-home storage building. The roll-up front door is 16' wide by 12' high, this allows us to work in the shop when the temps get up to the upper 90's or 100+ without to much discomfort. Last Saturday we worked until 5pm, and the afternoon temp got up to 102. We almost always have a 20+ mph wind out of the south, you can forget about laying any paper down in the shop without something on it. You don't have to worry about fine dust, it's already headed north. All the coarse sawdust winds up at the back of the shop. If the trash can is empty, it will wind up back there too. Real easy to just sweep the saw dust out the back door onto the walk, shovel it up, and compost it. This sounds like a joke but that's just west Texas. But if you're gonna play in Texas, you gotta have a fiddle in the band................

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Dick, where in West Texas are you? I was raised in Abilene, and family still just outside of there. Lived in El Paso for a few years also, and they invented the term "dry"! It's amazingly dry there, that's why I call Arkansas home now. It's green all year long outside. Keith
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I live in the high desert in Southern California and it gets very hot and dry here too. But we also get a few monsoons that drift over from the Gulf and some snow in the winter. Mean rainfall is about 6 inches here. The good news is that rust is not a problem. Have to make sure any wood is seasoned awhile before making anything. I'm slowly finishing insulation in my 12x24 shed, but waiting for a couple of disposable coveralls before I fiddle with fiberglass again. I'm getting ready to replace my Delta 10 inch contractor table saw with a Laguna Fusion saw, all I need now are a couple of beefy relatives to move one out and the other in. I'll have to post some pictures of the shop. My wife surprised me by hiring an electrician who ran a 60 amp sub panel next to the shed. I worked out a flexible connection from that to the subpanel and hard wired the shed. With most of the insulation in, I replaced the swamp cooler with an AC unit. Once the ceiling gets insulated, I think it will be cool in summer and warm in winter so I'll spend more comfortable time out there. Hot and dry and a great wife? Sounds like home to me.
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It's so dry here in AZ that the trees are whistling for dogs, and the birds are building nests with barbed wire, and the fish have ticks.

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Hi Keith, I am just east of Abilene about 20 miles. We live out in a rural area a short distance from I-20. Just north of us are those large windmill farms. I am jealous of your big timber and cheap hardwood there in Arkansas. I hope you have become very close friends with some of the local sawmill hands.

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Why do I get the impression, you guys are making some of this up.......ROTFL

Oliver's story reminds me of the Irish Weather gauge.

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Why do I get the impression, you guys are making some of this up.......ROTFL

Oliver's story reminds me of the Irish Weather gauge.
They aren't making it up. That is just the way Texans are, full of it.
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James, Not me.
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