Thursday, August 23, 2018

Building again

Guess what it is this time? Here is a pic of the start.
A small house this time. That is the slab for it. 20 x 28 feet.
It sat and cured for a month.

Friday, January 19, 2018


hey Don

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fw: Fwd: Profiling . . .

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From: Richard McKay <>
To:; Mike Wade <>; Tom Runkel <>;; jim crawford <>;; Don Littlefield <>
Sent: Friday, July 12, 2013 6:47 AM
Subject: Fwd: Profiling . . .

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Date: July 5, 2013 3:43:01 PM GMT-07:00
Subject: Fw: Profiling . . .

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From: Larry Cuccia <>
Sent: Friday, July 5, 2013 10:26 AM
Subject: Profiling . . .

Do you remember?
1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
2. In 1972, at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by Muslim males.
3. In 1972, a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where a fuse was lit on final approach and it was blown up shortly after landing by Muslim males.
4. In 1973, a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome, with 33 people killed, when it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
6. During the 1980's, a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by Muslim males.
7. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by Muslim males.
9. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
11. In 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim males.
12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim males.
13. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to take down the World Trade Center, one crashed into the Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.  Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim males.
15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by a by Muslim males.
16.  And now, the attack during the Boston Marathon by Muslim males.
No, I really don't see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you?  So, to ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile certain people.
Remember, Obama bowed to a Muslim King.
However, they must conduct random searches of 80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification, secret agents who are members of the President's security detail, 85-year old Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former Governor Joe Foss; however, leave Muslim males alone lest they be guilty of profiling.
Wake Up America!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shade for the Fish Tank

I built this temporary shade for the tank  to help slow down the algae bloom.

fixing leaks

I had an idea about the dripping leaks when the system runs and quits and drains. I decided to add a 45 degree fitting in the drain to stop the drips when it is nearly finished draining.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Update today

This morning I decided to put a pressure control valve on the recycle line back into the Fish Tank and cut it back a little. Gives me more flow on the line to the Grow beds. Seems to work better. However I did have some leaks and lost about 10 or 12 inches of water in the tank. I tried to do more on the leaks and misses and drips. Still have too many misses and drips.
Went on a shopping trip and got some plants  which are in the new photos.

I was asked why I decided to do this AquaPonic Garden in "Farm Country"? Well I don't think this is farm country. We hardly have good grass here. The dirt here in my area is so bad it nearly kills tomatoes plants if you don't do major improvement to the soil. My dirt garden is 4 years old and I finally gotten it to grow corn a reasonable height but the tomatoes still don't do well. If this Garden works Ill have vegatables that taste really good and be nutritious.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Pumping Water Now

Now just look at all that water being circulated. Wow. I am happy and so sore I cant stand it. I set the timer for 30 on 30 off and went in for a shower. I am a little surprised at the low pressure in the spray bar as I was thinking it might be a lot but I can take off the caps and make one bed fill real fast and put the cap back on no problem. I have 20 barrels of gravel in the rack now. I have 4 more ready to put in but no gravel till the next trip and I need a break. I tired and sore.

Spray Bar and piping to pump

Here we are seeing the Spray Bar and the pump Piping.

This is a shot of the North side of the barrels which will someday be the center aisle.
See the drains.............

Spray bar and Gutters

In this shot I finished the gutters and the spray bar on top. I put in some blocks to hold the
gutter up and put some screws in to hold the gutter in place. I need to get a longer gutter for the north side return but it got too late today to got get it.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Drains and overflows

I have trouble getting the pictures in the right order so I will just do them one at a time.
this one shows the beds with water in and running out the drains. If you look carefully you can see the water running out the bottom.. in the gutter.

More pics

Here is a shot of the Grow Beds from the far end from the tank. The beds closest to you need to be cleaned. They are full of sand. Forgot something in the rush to get this thing setup. I got some of the PVC fittings installed and used the small filter to pump water into 4 of the barrels on the south side. they fill and drain just fine. Hope they don't overflow too bad till I get all the tanks flowing. I really don't like the Plumbers tape holding up the drain gutter. Probly will do something I like better. Gotta get some more gutter also.

More work on the AP Project

I nearly killed myself cleaning gravel for the Grow Beds. Got 9 clean and setup. I've got to make another trip to the PVC store so I can get water cycling in these beds.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fixing the rack problem

I noticed that the racks are starting to tilt in a bad way so I am going to fix that problem before it causes a disaster...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

picture got lost

First rack finished

I finished the first rack and moved it to the garden area. I also put in the barrels. Hope to get gravel in them today and get the next rack started. Need it done by the 29th.

Building the racks for the barrels

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Aquaponics progress

I have now gotten a pump and a float valve for the tank. Had
kinda nice day so I dug the hole for the tank and put it in the
hole. Little tough digging. It was like digging a well because
I hit water at about 15" deep. I just dug faster than the water
came in and finally got to about 24" deep and put the tank in
the hole. A couple of trys but it fit finally. Now I am filling the
tank with river water so the fish will have the enzymes that
is needed to start fish. The water is close so I just pumped
it in with my old system pump.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Beggining My Aquaponic Garden

Here is the beginning of the new project. An Aqua Ponic Garden.
This tank is 1100gallons and will be sunk into the ground so only
about 5 or 6 inches will show.
Hope the water will hold this one in the ground. My previous garden
had problems when the water was pumped out to the garden the
tank would float up when it was wet. Arkansas gets soggy when it
rains. It is wet now so it is off to build the stands for the barrels.
I bought 24 barrels and will split them lengthwise to make gravel beds
with. Should make quite a garden.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Got a Gravel driveway

A few days ago we had  some gravel hauled in for a driveway. We
got tired of having to walk out when it rained. Works real good.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Finished the outside

Ahh the last piece of trim and gutter was installed on the outside in this picture. Well almost. Need to put in a couple of pop rivits top hold the gutters on. But it is finished here. Will put down a gravel drive way to stop the mud from getting in so bad.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Here it with doors. Altho the insulation is not there yet. It looks better with doors. Should keep out the water and the bugs.

Don Littlefield

Doors at last

Finally got the doors delivered and installed them. Had a minor problem with the installation of the doors. The instructions say to use a light weight perforated angle iron to support the back of the door when it is in the open position. It was much too weak so we fabed a stronger angle iron bracket that works much better. Looks pretty good now. The doors they delivered did not have any insulation in them. So called again with more problems. The company is going to UPS the insulation and new springs for the extra weight. They are supposed to call with a delivery date some time today. Hope it isnt long on the delivery.

The last piece of gutter still is not here. I think is is suppose to be here this afternoon.

In the next few days we will go to Portland and Merle Point for a couple of weeks.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Building Electrical

Hello again. I have finished putting in the electrical and am still waiting on the doors. Now to be delivered on Tuesday. The gutters have been installed mostly. One piece of the gutter was formed wrong and it is being replaced. I just got a call and it is to be delivered today in the rain. Must be the guy that came here before and had a hard time getting out of here with his truck. Said come to town for the item. He would not come to my place to deliver. More next time.
Don Littlefield

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Electrical Stuff

Lee and I went to Home Depot and got the electrical parts for the building yesterday. Now we have to put it up so we can have lights and power. Cool Huh.....

Today Jeannie and Doris went with me to Oklahoma City to get the gutters and downspouts for the building. Now we got lots of stuff to work with. Lots of fun now.

I finally got the info on the doors. they are to be delivered to Fort Smith on the 23rd. Then delivered here after that.

Don Littlefield

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Building update

I have ordered the rain gutters and downspouts to add to the building.
I did not think about them when I first ordered the building. They will make a big difference in the front. Right now the rain is digging at the foundation a little every time it rains. I will go pick up the gutters in OK city next week I think.

The problem with the doors seems to be resolved. They are going to replace the doors with ones built for a steel building. The ones they delivered are for a wooden building. They will be here some time after next week.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Door openers

This time I have installed the door openers. When the correct doors arrive I can hook them up. I cant run the wires to the safety switches yet cause they run on the tracks which are not here yet. They are going to change them out for the Steel Building kind instead of the wood building. Just not the same at all. The track mounting is different and the door panels are not the same either. I bet the hardware is different also.

Found a leak in all this rain. When I got on top I found a screw loose and tightend it up and it stopped the leak. Of course it rained more to check the leak repair.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Well here is a building without front doors. It is complete otherwise. Now we will have to do electrical. Need lights right. And work benches and move in all the stuff. Im going to start cleaning up the floor but it started raining before I got up today. Feels good to have it done.
Here is the roof finished on the inside.

I better do some catching up here. We have made progress in the last few days. I will add some pics.We made a bit more progress here and got some skylights in.

Monday, August 31, 2009

We put up 3 sheets more now and one skylight row. will take a break for a couple of days. Going to take Lee to Doc appointment in Houston. Suppose to rain anyway. Hope it doesnt mess things up while im gone.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

As you can see the first row was installed and we got out the second one and rolled it out and found that it was cut short by 2 1/2 inches. After the aggravation was calmed down we figured to add a piece on the sheet and continue. I really hope none of the rest are cut short like that. The roll was labeled as 43 feet but was only 41 so did not stretch far enough to reach to the walls. Oh well problems will always be there.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

4 walls up

Here we go. Nearly have completed the 4 walls here. They shorted me 4 pieces of trim for the top of the wall so can only do about a 1/3 of the roof till they get here. They were supposed to be shipped on the 26th and should have been here yesterday. I called and they got put off till Monday. It goes at the top edge of the front wall. Started working on the roof sheets getting them ready to put up yesterday.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

better pic

I did a little adjustment on this pic with photoshop. Lets see how it worked.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Well here is the latest pic with two wall completed.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Here is the back wall going up. Still is not finished.

Had to stop here for a rain. Sure slows down the progress
And some more the next day.

A few more sheets and some are even getting installed straight and smooth.
This is the first piece of insulation and the first sheet of metal on the siding. Well it was not too bad. The other side is in the shade so it is hard to see.

It is hard to put all the pics on the page at one time. Here is some more.

starting on insulatin and sheeting the outside

Hey look at that, Im driving the forklift instead of fixing it. Much better way to use this one.
It is big and is hard to position real close to where you want it. Leaks lots less now anyway. Only is leaking from the Power stearing cylinder on one side now. I will have to fix that too I guess.
Hey that is Lee up the lift in this one. He is a great help doing this. This is the first steel building either of us has built so we have done some rework already.
Here is the view from up on top of the lift. Makes me look short Ha.........
Ok Ok lets get started. Now that you are up there. Looking down from up on the lift.

Most of the steel is up here in this one.
All thats left is the big door frames in this one.
Who is that guy and what does he want? Oh that is me again.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saterday IT is a week today

We started building the shop last Saturday and we finished the steel today, Saturday again. Will start the sheet metal this afternoon. Was lots of work but it is standing there now. A concrete slab and a skeleton of a shop. Another week and well have a building.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday at the shop

Well we had a little scare when we got up to find it rained all night. Was worried about the insulation getting wet. That is a bad no no. Turned out the tarp and the plastic kept out most of the rain. We were able to get up more of the purlings on the rafters. That is the cross wise beams that the roof sheets will be screwed to. Work seems to go fast but the day goes faster. Just cant keep up with the clock.

Don Littlefield

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

More pics of the shop building

The steel is nearly done. The rafters are up and the pearlings are getting started.
Now it started raining. I hope the insulation dont get to wet.

That is what it looks like at noon Monday. Wish I could get better shots.
This is out front of the trailer looking over the hydoponic garden toward the shop in an easterly direction.
On Friday morning all the parts came on a truck. The blue tarp is covering the insulation rolls. Our garden is behind the pickup and the chicken house is behind that. Our trailer is in the background on the left in the trees. That is looking west.