I know, you’ve probably never used that sentence. Heh. But here’s your chance to profit from yet another of my ingenious ideas!
Your prize: a $10 gift card to SmartPak…and my admiration for your thorough knowledge of idea fail.
|My endless love...|
To Be Fair, It Was A Good Idea
Arriving home from work a couple weeks ago, I discovered that apparently a chupacabra had attempted to jump my fence.
|Drawing by Michael Lee (2007)|
I walked out the back door & found the top two wires (this is heavy-duty 12 mm galvanized wire) were snapped clean off about 1” from the corner & the tape had been snagged & stretched.
Fortunately, HorseGuard is extremely well made, so while stretched, no wires or nylon fibres were broken, so that was a simple 5-minute job to re-tension. Wire…less simple.
|Epic Richard being epic|
What Really Happened?
Honestly, I still don’t know for certain. Our deer are fairly small. The damage was exactly the same as when Solo jumped through the fence when we first moved in. :/ But he was still in (unless he jumped out, then back in?), there were no hoofprints of any kind on the outside, & neither horse had a mark on them.
See – chupacabra.
Let The Games Begin
The final missing piece was a pair of nails that held the wire insulator to the post. At least I think so. The insulator was pulled off, meaning the nails would have been ripped out. However, because the wire fence came with the land, a few of the insulators are not nailed on anymore. Naturally, I don’t remember if this was a loose one before or not.
|Thx, Northern Tool!|
Just holding it though, means I have to walk around bent over, holding it close to the ground. Back arthritis. Ow. And it’s small. So “let’s get creative, what can possibly go wrong?”
You’d think that’d be a warning flag, would you?
|Tell me that's not genius|
Hey, it’s a magnet – why don’t I stick it to a shovel & then I don’t have to bend over? OH SNAP! I have to bush-hog that field, why don’t I snap it to the bottom of the tractor bucket: TWO-FOR-ONE!
I was oh-so-careful, sticking the dish to the bottom corner of the FEL (Front End Loader) so I could see the edge from the driver’s seat. I needed to keep a careful eye on it because it would require keeping the bucket extremely close to the ground to work, with frequent adjustments in order to not bump the ground & pull it off.
Because one of the first Laws Of Tractor Use is “anything you attempt to attach/use with a tractor will inevitably fall off/be dropped & you will run it over.” Yeah, I bet you’ve done it. But NO! I was not going to let that happen, I was going to be vigilant!
Well, the Tractor Laws are like the Laws of Physics: non-negotiable.
How To Win
In case it’s not blindingly obvious yet, yes, my dish is now, um, a different & distinctly flatter shape than it once was. Hey, why does a magnet dish need edges anyway, it’s still magnetic?!
To enter: in the comments, you get to guess how long I was proud of myself before I felt a thump & yelled “NOOOO!” The closest person to elapsed time between idea implementation & idea fail wins! You will have ten days from the time of posting to put in your guess.
Bring the noise.