Juana Golden Harbor Freight January 04th, 2020 - 01:14:05
The dimensions of the platform will depend upon the barrel you find. The barrel should ride on inverted casters mounted on the top of the platform. Position the casters so that the barrel will not jump off in either direction. If your barrel has beads where the top and bottom were attached, locate the casters just inside those beads. If your barrel is like mine, with a bead at the top and a taper at the bottom, the wheels should hit the barrel where it tapers at the bottom and just inside the bead at the top. Since there was no bead at the bottom, I attached a board between the wheels at what was the top of the barrel to keep the barrel from jumping off in that direction. The garden cart you plan to use will govern the height of your compost barrel's platform.
Three possibilities come to mind. One is the old standby balsa wood. Balsa is fairly cheap and easy to work with. Several glues can be used with balsa: Elmer's, wood glue, super glue and even an adhesive that is used it wooden model construction. Balsa can be cut with an Exacta knife, or razor blade using a straight edge for straight lines. Sheet plastic is the second material.
I almost purchased a rolling computer desk from Office Depot but then decided it was a little short for my uses. I'm a tall guy and generally paint standing up so I wanted something that stood around waist high. My only other requirements were that I could put a glass palette on top and have some shelves for paint, brushes, and solvents, and that the shelves are pretty durable.
Now that the multifunction tool has come down in price, we can now consider this job as being doable. Harbor Freight has one selling for about sixty dollars while the home improvement stores have other names at higher prices. The product is much safer to use, and has more precision control compared to the circular saw. In addition, multiple attachments can handle the work that required a few hand tools to finish the job.
A brief word on charcoal. Briquettes are, by far, the most popular charcoal type. They light quickly and burn consistently. However, briquettes are made with additives, and those additives produce more ash. Lump charcoal (made by an oxygen deprived burning of hardwood) has no additives, produces less ash, burns much hotter than briquettes, and imparts a slight essence of the native wood to foods. But the biggest advantage of lump over briquettes is that lump can be added directly to the fire because all of the toxins have been burned out of the lump charcoal. Briquettes must be pre-burned; that means another chimney of coals before adding to the fire.
These units are simple in design as they consist of a 12 volt gel cell battery plus a couple of heavy duty 400 amp cables and rubber insulated clamps. These are extremely useful items as the batteries they have are powerful enough with its 400 amps to actually jump start a vehicle when its starting battery is totally dead. Its peek power rating is approximately 900 Amps. There is AC adapter which comes with it for charging the boost battery as well as a 12 volt cord for charging it from your car as you drive.