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If you need to dry wood for projects, there are options. You can let it sit outside in the sun or dry it in a kiln.Get the best of both worlds by building a solar kiln.
Radio interview source: Lucas Peters, How-to-Editor, WOOD Magazine Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below For the do-it-yourself woodworker, a homemade solar kiln can dry lumber in as...
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Here's how to achieve the attractive look and perfect function you want for outbuildings on your country property.
Building a shed A shed should be a thing of beauty to behold, says David Stiles, author of Sheds: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Backyard Builders. "People often make the mistake of thinking of...
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A root cellar can be a concrete-lined hole in the ground, a converted garage, or even an old ice house. To have a good root cellar, you need the proper ventilation, temperature, and humidity.
Radio interview source: Jennifer Megyesi, Author, The Joy of Keeping a Root Cellar, and Owner, Fat Rooster Farm Listen here to the radio story (mp3) or read below It's not too early to plan...
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One of the best ways to understand the heritage of an area is to look at the barns. Barns are rich with agricultural history and can give you a glimpse into the past. Radio interview source: Charles...
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Barns need good ventilation for healthy air quality. The air inside a barn can become stagnant with dust and mold, ammonia gasses and other pollutants, and animals can get sick if there isn't...
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Preserve the character of rural America
Listen to the radio story mp3 Many old barns are just not up to par for modern farming needs, and they're too expensive to maintain as family heirlooms. The Barn Again! program, however, has...
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Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Make sure it's dry Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Laurie Loveman, barn safety consultant When we're making hay, we keep a tight watch on...
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Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Fans are dangerous Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Laurie Loveman, barn safety consultant One of my worst nightmares is of our barn catching fire...
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Living the Country Life Radio Program with Betsy Freese
Self-taught talent Listen to this radio show (MP3 download) or read below. Radio interview source: Dick Schwab, Solon, IA I wouldn't say he was "born in a barn," but Dick Schwab...
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Make a detailed plan before you start building.
Thinking of building a barn or renovating an old one? Whether you want a few stalls, a traditional structure, or a party barn, make a detailed plan before you start building. Radio interview source...

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