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How high do I mount farm bell?
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Charles    Posted 12-31-2001 at 07:30:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This may be a silly question, but I got a farm bell for a gift and my wife and I are arguing about how tall the post should be where the bell will be mounted. The bell is 15 inches in diameter and mounts on a yolk to be attached to a post. I bought a 10 foot treated wood post and was planning on setting it about 2 feet deep so the bell would be at about 8 feet, prominently above our heads, and operated with a rope. She thinks it should be only at about 5 or 6 feet tall.

We drove around over the weekend looking for an example and couldn't find one. Just figures that we live in a rural area and see these all the time but couldn't find one when we looked.

Please settle our argument. Thanks.

Henne pecked    Posted 01-01-2002 at 10:31:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ifin'it were me, and It were HER bell I'd mount it anywhere SHE said and how high er low SHE wanted IT, Cous ifin you don't, it might be a LOOOONG time before you, are,er'MOUNTED' again, ok? A little PEACE in the family, you know. Who knows, SHE might even let you, er' RING her BELL now an then,HA

rhudson    Posted 12-31-2001 at 23:45:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ours is about a 30 inch bell mounted on four legs about 12 feet high. when i was a kid i rung the bell at the "wrong" time once. got three of the older neighbors running to the farm. seems it was used as a fire alarm is not used around feeding time. for a 15" bell, i would go around 8 feet high.

OW - farm humor    Posted 12-31-2001 at 20:00:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wellsir - (shoving my hand in my bib overalls & staring off at the horizon) it's never a good idea to mount it any higher than the post it's mounted on ............... walking away ......

Hogman    Posted 12-31-2001 at 19:04:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
How far away do You want it to be heard? Within reason, the higher it is off the ground the greater the range would be.
I sure would heed the warning about being able to check the innards for wasp nests. Your only hope is They would be so "rattle" headed They would'nt attack in case They were inside when it was rung.
Around here They are mounted from some 6 foot to 10 or better tho most have gone the auction route as old folks die or move to the big city.
We have a 5 pounder Maw Hog keeps on the front porch and just picks up and tries ta bust whangin it back and forth.

Have a big one out in tha barn but thats another (?)

Nathan(GA)    Posted 12-31-2001 at 14:21:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of the original ones around here are about 10 ft. I mounted mine about 8ft. for the same reason as the other folks said. It was the post I already had.

Mudcat49    Posted 12-31-2001 at 12:48:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
How do you mount farm bell?

geo in MI    Posted 12-31-2001 at 12:38:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine is similar to yours, about the same diameter and such--dated 1886--on the casting. I used a ten foot treated 4 x4 and set it in the ground about 30 inches--about as far as the post hole digger would reach and allow the handles to spread and grip the dirt before they hit the sides of the hole. Luckily I didn't hit one of the roots of the oak tree nearby. This was used as a corner post to a wooden decorative fence at the end of the driveway and about even with the antique copper light on the other side of the driveway. Since this is an antique, I bolted it to the post and jimmied the threads to help from getting it stolen. Also put a threaded ring through the post to permanently attach a ringer chain--so the bell part doesn't get stolen, either. One suggestion I would make as to height is to make it high enough to look up inside so you can see any wasp nests before you ring it. Certainly makes a difference. You've got a few more hours to get this job done so you can ring in the New Year..............Happy Holidays

Salmoneye    Posted 12-31-2001 at 09:29:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
IMHO...Above your heads.

The resonant tone of any bell is from the open rim and not the upper portions.
Take a cast aluminum pan lid and strike it gently with a butter knife. As it is 'ringing' run the rim past your ear a few times and you will get what I am trying to say.

With a farm bell too low to the ground the full tone is muted...

JoeK    Posted 12-31-2001 at 08:29:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Split the difference,share the work,hug each other when it's done and give her the first official ding dong once its done.

PCC-AL    Posted 12-31-2001 at 07:41:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Charles & wife,
I'm going to weasel out on this answer and say that you are both right. Either will work.
I have two farm bells. One is our original from early days and one came from my grandmother's farm. They are both mounted about eight feet from the ground. The reason is because that was the length of the posts that I had available. I had some 12 feet red cedar posts already cut and was too lazy to cut others at the time. Also, and more importantly, I mounted one alone. The bell weighs about 50 to 60 pounds, I guess, and I rigged an extention to fit the boom on my tractor. I used a 4 x 4 and clamped it to the boom with extra large u-bolts I also rigged. I then could raise the bell high enough to mount it.
One final thought, if your bell is as heavy as mine, dig your post holes about 3 feet instead of two. You don't want it to fall.
Good luck.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 12-31-2001 at 15:33:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
8' seems to be the average. Just so the goats can't reach the rope and drive you nuts playing with it.

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