Handy Devices

Easy-to-build ideas make your work easier.

Gooseneck Hookup Guide, illustration by Ralph A. Mark Jr.

Troubled by the work of hooking up his gooseneck trailer by himself, John Cornette, King George, Virginia, came up with a cheap and easy fix. He ran a bungee cord across the bed of his truck (from side to side) right over the point where the ball and the hitch meet. To line up the gooseneck with the ball, Cornette taped a “marker” onto the bungee cord directly above the ball.

Minibulk Storage:

Keith Wurtz, Ipswich, South Dakota, had 250-gallon minibulk storage tanks lying around his farm. He found they make great storage units. Wurtz cut the tops off the tanks to create sturdy storage for parts and seasonal items.
He stacked them in his shop or outside. Wurtz put ¾-inch plywood lids to some tanks, securing them to the tanks with used door hinges.

Erosion Control:

Troy and Kyle Schweitzer, Broken Bow, Nebraska, have a way to slow erosion around their flood irrigation pipes. They laid down straw along the edge of the pipe to slow the water as it runs into the row. This slows erosion at the entry site of the water.

WINNING IDEAS: Win $150 if your idea is chosen as the month’s “Editor’s Choice” Handy Device. Win $50 for other ideas used on this page. To submit a Handy Device, please send clear photographs, detailed drawings and a complete explanation of your idea. With each entry, include your name, address and telephone number. If your entry is chosen, you will receive in the mail a Federal Tax Form W-9. This form must be completed and returned to The Progressive Farmer before payment can be made. Send Handy Device entries to The Progressive Farmer, 2204 Lakeshore Dr., Suite 415, Birmingham, AL 35209.

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