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Deer deterrent for the garden & a DIY lift for the shop or barn.

from our friends at FARM SHOW[R]

Fishing Line Used to Stop Deer

"We live back in the hills of Vermont, where deer are a real problem for gardeners," says Gerry Hawkes, Woodstock, Vermont.

"For the past 15 years or so, we've had excellent success keeping deer out of our garden by simply stringing a single strand of 30-pound-test monofilament fish line around the perimeter at midthigh height. Deer can't see the line to jump it, so when they unexpectedly bump into it, they are spooked away. The 30-pound line is strong enough to keep from breaking, yet still hard for deer to see.

"Each spring, before we plant and put up the line, we see lots of deer tracks through the tilled soil of the garden. As soon as we put the line up, there are no more tracks. When we take the line down after harvest, the tracks start appearing again right away."

Forklift Mast Used to Build Shop Elevator

Larry Wood turned an old Clark forklift mast into a heavy-duty shop elevator by mounting it along one wall and building a platform onto the mast in place of the forks. He uses it to ride up to the upper level of his shop.

The elevator is controlled by electrically powered hydraulics, so a simple electric switch is used to move it up or down. This makes it easy to retrieve parts or other equipment from the upper storage area.

"Now I can ride up to the balcony with whatever I want to store," says Wood. "The 2-stage mast will lift 2 tons about 12 feet high, although the barn's second floor is only 9 feet above the floor. The platform is big enough that I can load lots of stuff on it."

He attached the mast to a 2-by-6-foot steel tube located between two of the posts on his shop wall. He welded a steel frame to the mast forks and bolted a 4-by6-feet-long, 3/4-inch-thick plywood floor onto the frame.

He made an electric-hydraulic power pack for the elevator by combining a 12-volt hydraulic power unit and a 12-volt battery that's attached to a trickle charger. Electric-operated elevator buttons are mounted on the forklift and on the wall.

"The elevator only uses power on the way up, so when I push the button, it coasts down. I store the elevator at the second floor level just to keep it out of the way," says Wood.

He bought the hydraulic power unit used at a yard sale for $125. He paid $100 for the forklift mast and spent about $200 to rebuild it, adding new rollers and repacking the hydraulic cylinders.

For more information, contact Larry at

Reprinted with permission from FARM SHOW Magazine,

Caption: A single strand of fishing line keeps deer out of the garden.

Caption: Larry built a platform onto the mast where the forks once were.

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Title Annotation:Friends & Neighbors
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Date:Mar 1, 2017
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