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use for old silo.

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jdjack

01-13-2008 19:09:53
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We have a 15-20 ft high stave silo with no top.
Have not used it for 35 years.
We store some junk inside, but must climb through hole.
Anybody have any ideas what we could make use out of it?
Seen any ideas?




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JD 1956 60

01-16-2008 18:05:28
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to Dave H (MI), 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
Brad,

Remember the barn that someone converted into apartments, about 5 miles south of Owatonna on Cty Rd 45. I can't remember, but didn't they do something with the old silo there to.
Loren



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Tom from Ontario

01-14-2008 19:29:16
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
Contact one of the Old Order communities. They seem to be able to make use of the smaller silos as they hand bomb everything and generally fill with a cutting box.



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tim[in]

01-14-2008 09:58:05
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
Where i used to work we put 10 raised farrowing crates with pans and run a tube so we could empty the manure into the silo for a holding tank. Another neighbor left the foundation of theirs and put the leaves in their each year to rot. made a great place to find redworms for fishing!



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Bob Thomas

01-14-2008 08:22:25
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
In our part of the world people use them for drain pipe. Lay them in a creek or stream, cover them with dirt and drive to the other side. Have seen a number used this way. Normally have no problem giving them away. :idea:



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rrlund

01-14-2008 06:31:36
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
Those blocks make a great foundation for a driveway. :)



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bradk

01-14-2008 06:05:39
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
Here's an interesting article I found.



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RickL

01-14-2008 05:16:57
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
One we used to have is now my patio floor. They make excellent landscaping blocks also.



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Matt_In

01-14-2008 04:44:03
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  

I don't know what you can do with them. These four will meet their fate along with the barn in the near future. They are located on a county park property.



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msb

01-14-2008 17:40:15
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to Matt_In, 01-14-2008 04:44:03  
Looks like they could be made into castles, look out or climbing towers or fort for kids to play in. Have seen some sprayed with water in the winter and used for ice climbing. Would also think the local fire department could use them for rescue training. Tear them down and make a rock garden with them.Dam a creek with them. A safe rocket launch pad for 4H rocket project.Use a couple for restrooms.Lots of good uses in my mind. Once saw one used as an incenerator. Pretty funny to see fire shooting out the top.

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georgeky

01-13-2008 22:10:18
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
Guy in Bourbon county, KY built an apartment on top of his. It is a wild looking thing, but works. I would sure hate to climb the steps to get to it all the time though. I haven't been inside it, but a feller told me he installed a spiral staircase inside it to get to the top with.



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Hugh MacKay

01-14-2008 02:50:19
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to georgeky, 01-13-2008 22:10:18  
George: I know a guy that put floors in his every 10', put an elevator up past the door openings on the outside, and uses it for storage. He claims if he were ever to loose his house, he'd build an appartment up on top that revolved on a track and made a complete revolution every 24 hours. His is 24x72, so I expect the wind factor up there may change his mind.



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georgeky

01-14-2008 07:53:23
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to Hugh MacKay, 01-14-2008 02:50:19  
Hugh, I have never been in this one here, but it looks kinda scarey from the road. Next time I go by there I will take a pic or 2 of it. May even stop and see if I can tour the thing. I did hear that he remodeled his , and added a floor or 2 in it, but don't know.



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old

01-13-2008 21:03:34
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
I know your if probably metal, but I have always wanted one of the old cement ones. If I owned a place that had one I would build it into a house or something like that. Then on top have a veiw area where you could sit and watch the stars and also watch the wild life. Also would make one heck of a shooting plat form for varmits

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Larry NE IL

01-14-2008 15:55:34
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to old, 01-13-2008 21:03:34  
Your right about the hunting platform old. Years ago I hunted an abandon farm with the remains of a 70' silo. One guy would climb up and you could see right through the weeds that were 6' high when there was snow on the ground.
Man we would have a ball shooting rabbits there!



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GeneMO

01-13-2008 20:30:13
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
I have a 16 X 40 that I have the same question with. I remember when it was put up new in 1969. We put the unloader in it and the roof on in 1979. After we forked it out for all those years! Mine has a good aluminized steel roof and working Unloader in it. All of the doors are redwood. I have been needing an air compressor and thinking of taking the 5hp, 220 motor off to power that. Wish I has a spiral staircase in it with a deck built inside at the top. I would open a restruant inside. No, that sounds like too much work. Would make a good deer stand if it was closer to the woods.


Gene

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Hugh MacKay

01-13-2008 19:38:31
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jdjack, 01-13-2008 19:09:53  
jack: Put an old narrow front tractor up there on a pedestal and design a weather vane. it doesn't have to be a tractor, just build a double frame sides about 1' apart, shape it like a tractor, then paint your design. What ever make and color you desire.



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jimont

01-14-2008 07:42:10
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to Hugh MacKay, 01-13-2008 19:38:31  
Hey Hugh, sounds as if you've been over to Fawcett Tractor at St.Marys :>)



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Hugh MacKay

01-14-2008 08:07:29
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 Re: use for old silo. in reply to jimont, 01-14-2008 07:42:10  
Jim: Yes, I go over there ocasionally.



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