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Need some advice regarding a dusty barn
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cowgirlj    Posted 01-06-2003 at 07:00:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey all!
I have been so busy I'm afraid I have neglected everyone. I haven't forgot y'all though, and I do sneak in the back door and read for awhile every now and then before bed.
Wondered if anyone had some advice they could share regarding dusty barns. Our barn has a dirt floor, and needs a bit of air tightning, but is there a compound of some kind that could be mixed into the dirt to help keep the dust down some. When it gets windy here, everything gets coated in a thick layer of dirt. I have heard of a substance used in arenas for this purpose, but I don't know what it's called. Any sujestions will be appreciated, along with jokes and smart aleck remarks!
I miss ya's!

cowgirlj/ Some Good Advice!!    Posted 01-07-2003 at 07:27:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Let's see......we have three votes for cement/concrete, one for soya base, and that was an interesting site by the way, one for salt, one for sand, one for lime, and one for cow kah-kah! LOL
Thanks guys, I'll let you know what we decide in the end, might be awhile before we get to that part of the barn, right now we are moving walls around and changing doors. I'm kinda leaning towards the cement too. Like the idea if cows though, but don't want to be wading knee deep in the spring time when things start to thaw.

Short Round    Posted 01-06-2003 at 17:45:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would urge you to go with the concrete floor, too much dust can and will cause lung problems with animals including horses. Dont ask me how I know or what it can cost.

Spence    Posted 01-06-2003 at 14:34:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
All I can say is to be careful in those dusty conditions. If your in a Haunta zone, there could be some risk. Might be better to lay down cement to solve both problems.

Scott Hansen    Posted 01-06-2003 at 12:19:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
HEY! I missed ya! Don't know squat about barns, but ever since you posted a pic of your place, I've wondered about where it's at. I wanna visit Canada next year, and I'd like to know where to go.

P.S. It WAS you in Canada, right?

cowgirlj    Posted 01-07-2003 at 07:18:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Scott:
I am actually in the process of moving from Kelowna, to Colorado. Here is a website in Kelowna to visit, go through the picture of the day and the weather pictures, you will see some awesome sights.
The pictures I posted of my place were taken just outside of Kelowna, in the mountains.
Have fun with the website, and if you do get a chance to go to Canada, I hope you get to BC - British Columbia. Western Coastal Canada

bill b va    Posted 01-06-2003 at 11:39:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

have you thought about some fresh cow shutt about 2 inches deep. guaranteed to work and is all natural. put your cows in there and it will be produced and spread free .

Red Dave    Posted 01-06-2003 at 10:13:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've been to some tractor shows that have signs saying that a soy-based product has been used to keep dust down. Seems to help some outdoors anyway. At least it shouldn't be toxic.

Wish I could remember the name of it. I'll keep thinkin' on it, maybe it'll come to me.

Red Dave    Posted 01-06-2003 at 10:43:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here it is. Called Dustkill
I knew if I thought about it awile, it would come to me.
Here's a link for info

buck    Posted 01-06-2003 at 09:17:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Calcium cloride (salt) will do the trick but will rust every thing metal in sight including the nails holding your barn together.The road crews spread it here to keep dust down on the dirt roads. The portland cement trick is a very good one and long lasting.Like others have said get a few inches of the dirt loose and work in the cement.A tiller works good for this.You can use a garden sprinkler to apply 1 gallon of diesel fuel or kerosene over about 200 square feet of area but you got the smell to contend with.You could plant grass and keep it cut like carpet but you would probably always have a few bare spots.

kraig WY    Posted 01-06-2003 at 07:34:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
People around here haul in river sand to mix with the dirt in their arenas to keep down the dust. I don't see why it wouldn't work for a dirt floor in a barn or corral.

Tom A    Posted 01-06-2003 at 07:22:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know about any modern stuff, but in the old days they'd mix in plain portland cement (powder) with the top couple inches of dirt and then sprinkle it down with water, tamp it, and let it dry. A couple of my old outbuildings were done this way decades ago. It isn't as clean or hard as a poured concrete floor, but it isn't too bad either and is pretty quick and cheap.

If nobody else has a better idea, that might work for ya.

Tom A

Hogman *****OR LIME*********    Posted 01-06-2003 at 07:38:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
which ever is tha most available,work about tha same. Limes what the old Blacksmith shops used but spect it had to do with availability.
Quality of floor will depend on how well and evenly You do tha mixin and depth.Try and get uniform moisture throughout but don't make slop out of it.
If You can get one a good rollin will help also.Those old treated floors stood up pretty durn well with just a modicum of care..And yep,Ya can sweep em,just don't overdo and scrub tha stuff away.

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