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Montana farmer-stockman. [volume] (Great Falls, Mont.) 1947-1993, July 01, 1957, Image 4

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MY NEIGHBOR claims if only
he could choose again he'd never
be a farmer 'cause, for piddling
pay, the life's all work without no
play. He says he'd get a job in town
where now and then he could sit
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Crop, Weed, Range Tour
Most wheat growers are familiar with the damage streak mosaic
do to a wheat field, but not too many have actually seen the small mite
that is responsible for the damage. At a crop, perennial weed and range
management tour held June 10 in Cascade county, farmers had an op
portunity to see the microscopic insect. Pictured above, third from the
right. Dr. Mitrofan Afanasiev, professor of botany and bacteriology,
Montana State College, adjusts a microscope so producers can see the
tiny white mites. (MF-S photos)
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Ted Fosse, Cascade county agent, left, and Lonnie Guill, Cascade county
weed supervisor, explain a weed control project where grass is seeded
along 130 miles of county road. Fosse said farmers could contribute
much toward weed control by helping the county to keep weeds mowed
along their property. They stressed the importance of seeding down
shoulders and borrow pits to keep weeds from taking over and infesting
nearby fields.
■4—July I, 1957
down, an eight-hour day and five
day week is just the kind of deal
he'd seek. With neighbor I must
disagree, 'cause farmings's just the
life for me; he's prob'Iy right that
better pay would come to us some
other way, it's true the hours can
be quite long, especially if you plan
things wrong, but town would be
a total loss 'cause someone else
would be my boss.
A farmer has to tend his stock
but doesn't have to punch a clock;
I do not have to feed a steer exactly
right at 5:03, a cow needs milking
but she'll wait if I must be a little
late. When choretime suffers some
delay because the fishing's good that
day, my pigs may squeal but they
will not be apt to fire me on the spot.
If I should oversleep a bit, nobody
throws a great big fit except Mi
randy Jane, and she will never take
my job from me; and you can bet
I won't resign, 'cause loafing right
here suits me fine.
/lr<? Glad We Built a
Steel Framed House
By LLOYD TWEDT, Hill County
farm house was an interesting experi
ence and one I am not sorry we under
took. I say we because building a
farm home is usually a family project
in which all will share in some way or
another from the beginning of the plan
to the last coat of paint.
In planning the house we cut pieces
of paper to scale for each desired room
size and arrived at the floor plan by
placing them together to arrive at the
best arrangement.
I wanted a fireproof office and
thought the basement would be the
economical place for it. After talking
to the engineer at the company that
sold the steel, I decided to frame the
main floor of steel and so have a fire
proof basement, since the rest of the
basement would likely be of concrete
and cement blocks anyway.
Steel Frame
We investigated some plans of steel
building which included houses, com
pared costs, and decided to frame the
whole house of steel. The decision to
build with steel came quite gradually.
This type of steel is used much like
wood in the building except for the
methods of fastening it together. It
comes in different lengths like two by
fours and must be cut to length to be
used, just like lumber.
At first I bought a power hack saw
to cut the steel with but that didn't
work so well. Then I bought a radial
arm saw and used a friction cutoff
blade in it. After trying several differ
ent kinds of blades I found one that was
quite satisfactory and the cutting went
quite well after that.
W r elded Together
The frame was cut and welded to
gether much like a wooden one is nailed
together. The walls were cut. squared,
welded and then erected and welded
together. Then the rafters and upstairs
floor joists were cut and welded to
gether and raised into position and
welded. Then partition walls w»ere cut
and welded m.
This house was not much different
from a wooden one tc build after the
frame was complete except that instead
of having a whole two by four to hit
with a nail we had to hit the crack
in the center of the stud with each
nail and miss the spot welds that held
the stud together. These welds
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«ÜTE"" h 7 L l° yd Twe . dt on hls ,arm in Hill County has steel
framing throughout and concrete floors.
about eight inches apart.
The roof is covered with shiplap,
paper, fiber board sheeting, paper and
asbestos shingles, in that order. The
outside walls are covered with fiber
board sheeting, paper and asbestos
All doors and windows are steel ex
cept the large door in the garage and
all windows are casement or thermo
pane picture windows. Storm doors
are aluminum. We like the steel doors
and windows but the steel window
frames frost more than wooden ones
Concrete Floors
The inside walls are of steel lath
and plaster. Strips of sill seal were
used between the lath and studs for in
sulation and the spaces between studs
w'ere filled with fiberglas insulation.
The joists between main and second
floors are 6-inch joists and filled with
fiberglas and vermiculate insulation.
Our stairways are of re-enforced
concrete. Concrete floors and stairway
are excellent for radiant heating and
are quiet to walk on but it is quite a
job to fasten carpets chi them unless
fasteners are put in before the concrete
Basement Construction
All basement windows are of glass
blocks, and an insulated wall was
built inside the outer basement wall
for insulation. The basement was de
signed with nearly the same floor plan
as the main floor, so that every wall on
the main floor is supported by a bear
ing partition of pumice blocks in the
basement, except for one wall which is
supported by a steel I beam. This
allowed one large room in the base
ment for recreation.
This happened to be the floor plan
we wanted and it greatly simplified
the engineering of the floor joists, since
hey span only one room at a time
and the main floor is quite heavy. The
main floor is tw r o and a half inches of
concrete poured on corrugated steel
sheeting which is nailed to the joists,
This is covered with rubber tile in
some rooms and carpets in others. It
seems to be quite satisfactory.
We probably would not have built
this house of steel if I had not had
previous experience in welding, plumb
ing, wiring and heating. Being able
to do these myself saved a lot on the
cost of the building.

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