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Water Tank Questions
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Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-02-2002 at 06:09:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why do these things happen at the worst times? My cow tank (gal. steel) has rusted plumb out. As soon as this snow slows down I have to go to town and get a new one. A couple of quick questions tho. Does it do any good to paint the bottom with roof tar or am I just wasting my money? And do you think it will last longer if I set it up on cinder blocks so air can circulate underneath or just go ahead and set it directly on the ground? Thanks~Okie~

rhudson    Posted 03-02-2002 at 15:59:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i've had a poly tank for about 6 years, three as a kids pool and the last three as a cattle tank, i like it. some guys use 1/2 of a concrete septic tank.

Butch in Ks    Posted 03-02-2002 at 19:12:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Find an old deep freeze cost is nothing might halfto bury it some outside will go before the inside

rhudons    Posted 03-03-2002 at 10:27:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
used to see alot of old bath tubs used as watering tank around here. but since redneck bashing is so popular these days, we've been trying to clean up stuff like that. (you might be a redneck if a IH H tractor is parked next to your easter egg tree in your front yard).

kraig WY    Posted 03-02-2002 at 08:08:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Gal. tanks or any steel type tank needs to be keep off the ground, cinder blocks or what ever. Poly tanks would last longer and I think they are ceeper any more. But you can fill the bottom of the tank with tar. Just heat it up good so the tar starts to oose out of all the holes before it cools.

Farmer-Gene-WI    Posted 03-02-2002 at 08:03:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I gave up on gal ones and went to poly ones, the only thing if you use a heater in them you need a cage around the heater to keep from melting a hole in the tank. Most of them carry a life time warranty against cracking.

hay    Posted 03-02-2002 at 06:16:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have seen some poly tanks. they would not rust out.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 03-02-2002 at 08:22:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh man! I never thought of those new plastic tanks. Better call the farm store back and check prices all over again. I can see why poly is the way to go. Thanks every one!

realfarmer    Posted 03-03-2002 at 21:00:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't mean to change your mind again, but- Years ago a local chicken plant inspector decided galv was bad, stainless was necessary- and made them switch 1000 tanks at about a grand per each stainless. Local salvage yard sold the old galv for $15 each. Tanks are 3x5, Quarter inch wall thickness, last forever, even with occasional (accidental, of course) hits with loader tractors. Check the junk yards for cheap options.

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