Blog Update November 22, 2010

BLOG UPDATE #16

  • The SITE INDEX has been removed from the BLOG UPDATE page and is now a separate page on the site which is directly accessible from the CATEGORY list in the main HEADER or in the list on the right panel.
  • The winter preparation tasks are complete and thus the comments are updated as follows:
    • LTS is now in WINTER OPERATION MODE which means that all the in-line heaters for the water pipes have been activated, all the water trough heaters have been installed and connected and each of the PUMP/VALVE ROOMS have heaters installed and operational.
    • WINTER is a tough time to handle on a farm so everyone can help in a small way, so please take a look at this list and do what you can:- Please do not touch or alter any of the heaters on the water pipes, troughs or in the valve or pump rooms, these are there for the sole purpose of protecting the pipes, valves and water tanks and are not for personal comfort. Any adjustment of the heaters may cause the circuit to break and pipes to freeze.- If you see a water trough, hose or pipe that is frozen (or has any indication it is not working) please let us know and we will attend to it ASAP. Do not attempt to fix the problem yourself, please contact any staff member who will then get a message to Tessa or Richard.- If you use a hose, make sure it is completely drained, properly coiled and put back in one of the heated rooms when you are finished and that all valves are returned to the same position as you found them. The heated rooms are the VALVE ROOMS in the MAIN Barn, Barn A and the LESSON Barn (White Stall Barn). For the PRIVATE Barn, the heated area is the washroom.- Please keep all the doors closed at all times, particularly those for the heated rooms and let us know if any of the doors are not working properly. The front entrance door to BARN A must be bolted shut during overnight periods or when the wind is extreme. (Will check to see if we can repair this door!)

      Do not turn off the lights in the valve rooms in the Lesson Barn and Bank (Pony) Barn during the winter months. There is enough heat from a lightbulb to keep these small rooms warm for a short period of time, in the event of a heater failure. This does not apply to the Main or Private barns as those rooms are too large.

      -If you see a water trough that does not have enough water for the heater to be floating in the water, please advise the staff of the situation so that it can be corrected. If there is no contact between the water and the heater then the heater shuts off automatically.

The section of the LTSFM BLOG that relates to “winterizing” will be kept updated as best we can and YOU ARE WELCOME to post your comments there (not here as this blog update post gets changed frequently and the comments disappear)
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/winter-management

If there is ANY DOUBT about what to do or what you have done, do not hesitate to ask for direction or assistance. A small mistake can mean a frozen pipe, ruptured valve or a flood. It is much better to be safe than sorry – so if there is any doubt, please ask.

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Site Index

I have moved the SITE INDEX to a separate page. I will update the index whenever a new category or page is added, but if you notice I forgot to do the update please post a comment on this page.

You can also reach any of these main topic areas from the MENU BAR in the HEADER or through the LIST OF CATEGORIES on the RIGHT PANEL of the Blog.

BLOG INDEX: (last updated June 24, 2011)

Farm Buildings:

PRIVATE BARN:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/private-barn-2/

MAIN BARN:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/main-barn/

BARN A:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/barn-a/

WHITE STALL BARN: (Lesson Barn)
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/white-stall-barn/

BANK BARN – HORSE AREA:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/bank-barn-horse-area/

BANK BARN – PONY AREA:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/bank-barn-pony-area/

BARN A ARENA:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/barn-a-arena/

MAIN ARENA:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/main-arena/

SHAVINGS SHED
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/the-shavings-shed/

QUONSET HUT
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/09/05/the-quonset-hut/

MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/maintenance-workshop/

SITE TRAILER:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/site-trailer/

Farm Property:

PASTURES:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/pastures/

PADDOCKS:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/paddocks/

MAIN SAND RING:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/main-sand-ring/

SMALL SAND RING:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2011/06/23/small-sand-ring-2/

NEW SAND RING – UNDER CONSTRUCTION:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/new-sand-ring-under-construction/

ROADWAYS AND PARKING:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/roadways-and-parking/

MANURE MANAGEMENT AREAS:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/manure-management-areas/

Farm Utilities:

WATER SUPPLY:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/water-supply/

ELECTRICAL:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/electrical/

FARM MECHANICAL:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/mechanical/

SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/solid-waste-disposal/

SEWAGE DISPOSAL:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/sewage-disposal/

STORMWATER CONTROL & DRAINAGE:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2011/06/24/storm-water-control-drainage-systems/

WINTER MANAGEMENT:
https://ltsfm.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/winter-management/

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The Quonset Hut

Update September 5, 2010  

Information on each of the LTS properties (as compared to buildings – barns, sheds, arenas, etc.) is sorted into these categories:  

  • status and early remedial work completed upon arrival in November 2009
  • renovations and/or upgrades completed in 2010
  • work currently underway
  • future work programs and/or aspirations

We welcome any questions or comments on any of these topics. Although this is a BLOG site, we will return to each of these topics on a regular basis to update each of the sub-topics. We will do our best to respond to any questions, comments or concerns as soon as possible.  

Many people ask – what is the Quonset Hut? Well, in simple terms a “Quonset Hut” is the steel building at the back of the property, just south of the Main Arena. The name comes from the fact that they were first manufactured in Quonset, Iowa during the First World War as a structure to protect aircraft and house soldiers. They could be easily manufactured, moved in pieces and assemble quickly. The Radisic Quonest Hut (which is not really part of the LTS operations) is primarily for the storage of the large round hay bales, to ensure protection from the elements. When the hut is not full of hay, as it is in the late summer and fall, it also provides winter protection for the farm mechanical equipment.  

There are a number of pictures of the Quonset Hut in the photo album here:
http://s50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/rlaughton/LTS%20Radisic%20Operations/Quonset%20Hut/  

The Quonset Hut - Round Bale Hay Storage Facility

Status and Remedial Work Upon Arrival in 2009  

Although no work was carried out within the Quonset Hut, the area to the rear (see pictures) had been a favourite storage area for “junk” by the previous tenants. Several weeks were spent in the fall of 2009 cleaning up the area between the Quonset Hut and the Main Arena and the area at the back. A large bin of waste metal and a separate bin of garbage were hauled away from this area. Significant amounts of scrap wood was sorted and stored on a newly constructed platform (for safety).  

Renovations and Upgrades Completed in 2010  

In August 2010 the Radisic Family hired a contractor to seal all the cracks between the concrete blocks as well as between the steel shell and the concrete blocks. This work was undertaken by RF to ensure that the winter storms did not “find their way” through these cracks and into the hay. This will reduce the amount of “spoilage” in the stored hay facility.  

Work Currently Underway  

The Quonset Hut is now full of hay, ready for a long fall and a cold winter. I hope that many of you had the opportunity to see the Radisic Family hard at work this fall in the cutting, bailing and storage of the hay in the Bank Barn and the Quonset Hut.  

There is residual waste material still at the back of the hut. That will be dealt with once the cold weather returns and the bees leave! There is no access to the wood piles as this time due to the bee problem at the farm.  

Future Programs / Aspirations  

No comment at this time.  

The Quonset Hut Area Clean-up in 2009-2010

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The Shavings Shed

Update September 5, 2010  

Information on each of the LTS properties (as compared to buildings – barns, sheds, arenas, etc.) is sorted into these categories:  

  • status and early remedial work completed upon arrival in November 2009
  • renovations and/or upgrades completed in 2010
  • work currently underway
  • future work programs and/or aspirations

We welcome any questions or comments on any of these topics. Although this is a BLOG site, we will return to each of these topics on a regular basis to update each of the sub-topics. We will do our best to respond to any questions, comments or concerns as soon as possible.  

Pictures of the shavings shed are located here:
http://s50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/rlaughton/LTS%20Radisic%20Operations/Shavings%20Shed/  

Status and Remedial Work Upon Arrival in 2009  

I do not have information on the status of the Shavings Shed upon arrival in November 2009, other than that it had a lot of residual “wet sawdust” that had not been cleaned by the previous tenants. There were no doors on the shed at that time, so the shavings (or sawdust in that era) were exposed to the elements.  

Mike built two large doors for the shavings shed which provided some protection but stormwater continues to be a problem as the area is not diked, nor is it drained. Significant rain events result in stormwater flowing down the driveway from the north, across the concrete pad and directly into the shed.  

Shavings Shed with Mike's New Doors Installed

 

Renovations and Upgrades Completed in 2010  

There is little that could be done with the shavings shed in 2010. In related events, we can note the following:  

  • a system was put in place to move bulk shavings to other barns using large bags that could be moved with the tractor – some staff use them, others do not;
  • the shed got a “facelift” during the May 2010 clean-up day as TJ applied a fine coat of paint; and
  • the flooding from the concrete pad was alleviated in July 2010 as it was discovered that the drain below the shed that directs stormwater to the 24 hour field was plugged, now it is clear.

The Painting of the Shed in May 2010 (LW Photograph)

 

Work Currently Underway  

Keeping the shavings shed in “the best condition” is a task of repeated chores. When it is likely to rain, the drainage ditches to the shed have to be cleaned, failing which the water goes directly into the shed. A rubber hose is laid across the entrance to divert high rainfall episodes, a process which eventually needs to be replaced by a permanent dike or drain. Whenever it does rain and the shavings get wet, they have to be hauled out and dried on the concrete pad.

  

  

Stormwater Diverted Around the Shavings Shed - sometimes!

 

Future Programs / Aspirations  

The long-term solution to the shavings shed issue is to relocate or remodel the facility. Moving it to an area that is not directly connected to a barn would be the preferred alternative for safety reasons. Raising the floor or installing a drain/trap would be the secondary alternative. In reality, the shavings need to be in separate areas accessible to all the barns, similar to the manure management areas. 

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New Sand Ring – Under Construction

Updated September 1, 2010

Information on each of the LTS properties (as compared to buildings – barns, sheds, arenas, etc.) is sorted into these categories:

  • status and early remedial work completed upon arrival in November 2009
  • renovations and/or upgrades completed in 2010
  • work currently underway
  • future work programs and/or aspirations

We welcome any questions or comments on any of these topics. Although this is a BLOG site, we will return to each of these topics on a regular basis to update each of the sub-topics. We will do our best to respond to any questions, comments or concerns as soon as possible.

Photographs of the proposed area and pre-construction of the new sand ring taken on September 1, 2010 are provided in the Photobucket Album here:

Panoramic of the Proposed North Sand Ring

http://s50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/rlaughton/LTS%20Radisic%20Operations/New%20Sand%20Ring%20-%20Under%20Construction/

Status and Remedial Work Upon Arrival in 2009

The ring did not exist in 2009. The area was previously part of the grassed area for the old farm house and part of a hay field.

Renovations and Upgrades Completed in 2010

As part of the filling of the Radisic lands on the far west of the property, arrangements were made to place base material for the future construction of a new outdoor sand ring. This is located in the northwest area of the property, west of the Radisic home along the south side of 2nd Sideroad.

All that has been placed today is sub-surface material that could be used to grade and level the area in preparation for the proposed new sand ring. The area would need to be levelled and drained before any additional work could be undertaken.

Work on this sand ring came to a stand-still when the Radisic family was directed to end in-filling operations on the west side of the property. Apparently there were complaints about the number of trucks entering the property on a regular basis.

Work Currently Underway

There is no work underway at this time. LTS will check with RF to obtain a status report.

Future Programs / Aspirations

A new large, level, well-drained multiple-use sand ring. Those with more information on the project can post their comments here.

"Roughed In" Area for the New Sand Ring

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Questions and Comments, September 2010

Questions & Comments, September 2010

If you have general questions or comments, or postings that cover multiple topics, please feel free to post them here. This has been set up so that a new page would appear for each month, otherwise it may become too cluttered.

If you have already posted a question or comment that fits this category, I would “cut & paste” that into a new comment in reply to this posting.

If you can, the best place to put your comment is in the specific topic area so that others that are checking that topic will be sure to see your post. If that does not work for you, go ahead and post it here. We can take the question and answer and add that to the specific topic areas during subsequent updates.

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