Gustav, Marien, Romain
Working separately or together, these three made it possible for us to complete projects on the farm that we had been trying to do for years.
We needed a temporary storage room near the pack room
for paper supplies, plastic bags, food items, saft bottles, etc. These are all things that we use on a regular basis but we didn't have a convenient place to store them.
We needed to solve a problem upstairs in the main barn
where the pump for the milking machines is located.
In the cold winter months it would sometimes freeze interfering with the milking of the dairy cows. We needed a room up there with an insulated enclosure to prevent it from freezing.
We needed to clear the land where we graze our "mellankalvar" (teenager heifers) to protect the pasture against encroaching growth from birch trees and thick brush and bushes.
When we saw the capabilities of Marien and the willingness of Romain, we coupled them with the experience of Gustav and had a winning combination.
For the first project, Marien and Romain sectioned off an area in the old machine hall where we park our cars, with a common wall to the pack room. They measured it all out then built a base for a floor and framed up studs for the walls. Their work was precise and in just a few days the room took shape. It was large enough for the storage we needed but still left us enough room to park the cars.
When they finished it on one side, Gustav measured on the other side and he and Pappa cut a doorway through from the pack room. It worked perfectly and has been such a convenience for us. No more running from one storage building to another for various items. Everything is in one place and close to hand when we need it.
Next on the agenda was the freeze-proof enclosure that housed the machinery for the pumping mechanism in the main barn.
The trick here was that the location of that pump is
WAY UP HIGH
in the "nosebleed section" of the hay barn.
The picture above is of Gustav's feet standing on one of the rafters at the height where the building was to take place.
Again, they did it and they did it well. Marien was impressive, doing the honors in cutting the boards to make the facing walls with a cavity for insulation. A doorway was constructed, a small "room" created and the wiring put in place.
They helped us so much.