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Antique dairy barn white washer

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Pete Cabout

08-22-2011 19:51:45




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I have a wood staved(square barrel) pto driven barn white washer, or at least that is what I was told. There is some remains of the white lime paint. I have never seen one of these at any of the anitque shows, threshing reunions etc... Does anyone have any resources or information?




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Dick

08-23-2011 16:02:19




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Pete Cabout, 08-22-2011 19:51:45  
I remember when the crew would come to whitewash they would mix the lime and whatever else and spray it on the walls and ceiling. When it was sprayed on it was very thin and milky looking but when it dried it was the whitest you could ever imagine. It was very durable and would last a couple of years before it would have be sprayed again. Does anyone remember how to make whitewash? It seems like they mixed salt with it too but I'm not sure. If anyone knows the ingredients for whitewash, please post it.
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Dick

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John Harmon

08-23-2011 09:33:15




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Pete Cabout, 08-22-2011 19:51:45  
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Here are some different ready to use white wash chemicals,follow instructionss. My Families cattle barns all got a fresh coat of white wash about march of every year. The crew would show up with all the equipment on one truck.They would use a powerful air jet to blow all the cob webs,fly poop, mud daubers nests etc down and into the gutters or out side into a pile to be cleaned up and spread on the feilds.While this was going on one guy would be mixing the wash and he would monitor it until it was ready ,then he called another guy to start spraying,this guys favorite trick was to create a fog and fog us kids who were standing around watching.A loafing shed, the big 40 cow stanchion barn ,a big calf barn and several other out buildings were all done before evening milking started. Some of the white wash was still wet so it was easy to get it all over you. Better wash it off real quick before it stars to burn your skin. After about a week they would come back and paint the support posts,stanchions,vacumn and water lines and doors in the big barn with a medium grey oil based paint. Only the doors got painted grey in the other bldg"s.The big barn now is a large loafing shed with hay feeding bunk etc down the middle and the cows are milked in a 8 stall Delavel Herringbone Parlor now but white wash is still used to maintain most of the facilities. The parlor and bulk tank house are both painted with dairy grade alkyed oil paint about every two years.

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formerly ny bill

08-23-2011 20:00:11




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to John Harmon, 08-23-2011 09:33:15  
there was a box of carbola in the old chicken coop when we moved here 31 years ago. a few years ago, there was a pesticide cleanup day that you had to register what you were bringing. i called and told the guy "carbola" and he was like "uhhh, ok?", until i said "with ddt". then we were all business. lol.

guys that still milk in stall barns whitewash every year. i hated washing the whitewash off the light bulbs and electric boxs after dad whiewashed.
now, we have a parlor and milkhouse with white plastic washable wallboard. the doors and windows still have to be painted.

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El Toro

08-23-2011 06:06:23




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Pete Cabout, 08-22-2011 19:51:45  
We used the Carbola too and didn't have any problems in the cow barn with flies. I would've never thought of the product name if R Aiken hadn't posted it. This was back in the mid 1940's til the the 1950's when I was drafted. Hal



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R Aiken

08-23-2011 05:18:37




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Pete Cabout, 08-22-2011 19:51:45  
My granddad and uncle both white washed dairy barns, in the late 40's to early 60's. They used Carbola, whitch was lime with D D T. It did a good job of geting rif of flys most all summer, and brightened up the barm. There sprayers were wood mixing tank with a piston type high pressure pump, driven with a wesconsen engine.



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Kevin B from Illinois

08-23-2011 05:04:36




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Pete Cabout, 08-22-2011 19:51:45  
Does anyone still white wash anymore brings back old memories as a kid fresh white wash the clean smell and the mess it made on everything including your clothes.



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Fordfarmer

08-23-2011 14:37:44




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Kevin B from Illinois, 08-23-2011 05:04:36  
My cousin does whitewashing as a part-time job. Travels through most of WI and into the UP, maybe MN also. Just hydrated lime and water now... no DDT.



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Duane(Pa)

08-23-2011 05:08:22




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Kevin B from Illinois, 08-23-2011 05:04:36  
I remember my Grandfather's barn being white washed. What was the intent/purpose of the practice?



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Chris(WA)

08-23-2011 05:42:12




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Duane(Pa), 08-23-2011 05:08:22  
Cleaning, disinfecting and brightening.



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Phil in MI

08-23-2011 02:58:48




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 Re: Antique dairy barn white washer in reply to Pete Cabout, 08-22-2011 19:51:45  
I would like see a picture of it. Phil



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