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��the ground or above the floor of the driveway. A strip of 8-in. galvanized iron is placed at the top of the wire and nailed to the outside of the siding. The bottom of the galvanized iron is 2 in. lower than the top of the wire, making a total height for the wire and iron strip of 36 in. all around. This strip will halt rats that may climb up the walls. The rat-proofing is put on the drive side of the cribs so that if the doors are left open rats will be unable to get at the corn. Care should be taken not to leave objects near the walls which would enable a rat to jump above the proofing.

Provision is made for four drag doors on the outer side of each crib and two rolling doors on the inside. The drag doors are so designed that the corn will roll out of them on the conveyer-belt of the shellcr. The rolling doors on the inside are for access to the crib. They should consist of a frame completely filled with wire netting, with a galvanized iron strip at the same height as on the wall. The drag doors are made of siding nailed to the cleats with the wire mesh between.

Movable inverted troughs of slats are placed on the floor lengthwise of the cribs. These are in sections to facilitate handling and are designed to increase the circulation of air. .'\s a further aid to circulation, movable shafts may be placed at the side or on top of the troughs. The shafts are constructed of strips 3 in. wide by l in. thick nailed vertically to frames made of material 2 in. wide by I in. thick. To hold the shafts in place they may be nailed to the cross-ties overhead.

��An Easily Constructed Support for a Trap-Door

MANY people have an out-door cellar, entrance to which is had through a trap-door. The hinges on the

���door usually become bent and broken in a short time, because, when the door is opened and laid back, it seldom rests on the ground. Usually it touches the door-frame, which strains the hinges and causes them to break. To avoid this, fasten a hinge (B) on a block (A) near the outside edge in the center of the door, and to this hinge fasten a stick (C) that will reach nearly to the other side of the door, and see that the hinge works very freely. When the door is opened and let down on its back, the stick will swing out and support the door, as shown in the drawing, so that it will not touch the frame. When the door is closed the support swings back, and lies flat on the door.


��arc necessary.

��Adjustable Overshoes to Prevent Horses from Slipping

NEW horse overshoe has only one strap to buckle. No tools whatever The two front links are made to tip in or out and fit any shaped hoof. Nothing projects which can possi- bly hurt the horse. The overshoes are made of malle- able iron to pre- vent the calks from breaking off. The side calks prevent side-slip- ping entirely, so that the can trot with perfect safety on icy pavements.

The use of overshoes is particularly recommended because they can be re- moved at will, so that a horse is not walk- ing or standing on sharp points when the calks arc not needctl. New ones can be put on with the first ice or sleet, or even used in sunnner weather on bad roads without first visiting a blacksmith.

���Easily fitted over- shoes for a horse

��A support attached to a cellar door to prevent breaking hinges

��FOR hanitarj' reasons nc\er paint a kitchen a color to hide the dirt. A color should be used that will show every particle of dust and dirt, which will then be remoxed for the sake of apiK-arance.

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