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Playing in the Yard on Bailey Bear Ridge
Rural Ozarks
Madison County
Northwest, Arkansas 72632

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The mis-adventures of the Bailey family building their own home Playing in the Yard on Bailey Bear Ridge
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The Sifter


Date: December 12, 2003

The ground around the property is rich in beautiful stone. As we dig, I plan to sift out enough gravel to drain the water away from the sides and bottoms of the berm house. Also, I am looking for enough rock to face the exposed brick on the back of the cabin with insulation in between.

To sift the earth quicker and more efficiently, I think I should sort 2 sized of stone out at the same time. This sifter will do just that.

As the earth falls through the sifter, it passes two different screens. The top is a larger mesh, maybe two inches in the opennings. This will hold the larger stone that will be used for walls and fireplaces.

The next layer will have one inch or smaller holes. This will catch the gravel used in the drainage systems throughout construction. The earth that is suitable for top soil will pass through and fall on the ground below, ready for distribution where needed.

After some of the earth is sifted, the top screen folds up to the left, dempting it's load on the left side of the sifter and the second screen is free to dump it's load on the right.

The whole screen system will hang on four eye bolts, allowing about three to six inches of movement. This is based on a design I have previously used.

Date: May 2009

The sifter is no longer a concept. It is functional and quite large. The tractor dumps a load of dirt and three types of soil/rock come falling out in different places.

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