Busy day…

D&L have space for about 50 haybales for their horses with 25 bales on each side of the bay, topping it off whenever one side or the other gets low. L broke her knee, taking her off the work crew, so D and I hit it this afternoon. He also brought me a bale of straw, which means I needed to transport that to Landlady’s place and then clean out all the old rotted straw and chicken shit. So naturally I went to get the Jeep trailer, only to find…


…that one of my BRAND NEW TRAILER TIRES WAS PANCAKE FLAT. Which was quite annoying.

I could have aired it back up on the trailer but that wouldn’t have helped me learn why/where it lost pressure in the first place. I figured on taking it off and bringing it back to the cabin but ran into a kind of amusing problem…


Picked the wrong place to put the jack. I was watching the tire, and began to wonder why it didn’t seem to be rising. Looked around and found the trailer tongue was moving instead. So I found a rock and a piece of driftwood that got flung out of the wash during that flood in August. Appears to have been used as a fencepost at some point. Anyway, that weight got the wheel off the ground without my needing to reposition the jack.

Tomorrow’s supposed to be a lot less busy and the weather no less pleasant. I’ll air up the tire and go over it with soapy water, try to figure out what went wrong and how bad it is. If it’s a problem with the bead, which is probable, I’ll need to take it back to the shop. But we need a dump run the next time Landlady is up, so if it’s a minor leak I’ll put the repair off till after that. Unless we picked up a nail the shop owes me a freebie.

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5 Responses to Busy day…

  1. czechsix says:

    crib that sucker up before it rolls off the jack……

  2. Mike says:

    Dang! If it’s not one thing, it’s another…

    One question, what are the two lengths of PVC pipe attached vertically to the front left and right corners of the trailer for?

  3. Joel says:

    They’re for holding shovels and rakes. Turns out if I didn’t set them so high the shafts would break under the bouncing back and forth.

  4. Eric says:

    Mike, rakes, shovels and such.

  5. Mike says:

    Thanks Joel, that’s a great idea. I’ve been looking for another way to carry a push broom for when I do dump runs. Right now when I’m off to the dump, the push broom usually ends up on the bottom to the trailer where all to often, it gets all sorts of gunk on it.

To the stake with the heretic!