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Solar Power Feedlot Sun Shade

SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

Do you have a Livestock Feedlot?  Have you ever considered a Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade for your feedlot?  With a clean energy solar system such this CAD Solar System design by Scotty you will be not only providing cover and shade for your livestock when they are feeding, it will generate income from the Sun for your operation.

The Solar Feed Bunk Cover Shade in these pictures is designed with American SunPower Solar Panels, covers 4000 sq feet, and is estimated to produce 59,680 watts of clean pollution free energy (based on 230w panels that produce 14.92 w/sq ft- (Other higher Output power producing solar panels are available-I used the 230w solar panels since they were already integrated into my computer drafting program from past Solar Projects I’ve designed.  To get the most bang for the buck I recommend the 300 or 400 watt solar panels )

The following CAD designs are examples of the Solar Power Feedbunk Cover – Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy that could be added to your existing structure or could be site built to fit your cattle feeding operation.  This example uses my Fathers Missouri Beef Cattle Operation.

 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy
 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover – Shade 
The Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade can be added to an existing beef cattle feedlot such as the one pictured below.
If an existing Feedlot shading system is not already in place it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks.
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
The following Diagram is the Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade
Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

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Eliminating Tree-Tree Roots from a Brick Building

Getting to the Root of the Problem

Do You Need Help with a Tree Growing in your Brick Wall? Scotts Contracting will get to the Root of the Problem!

Photo collection of Removing a Tree from a Masonry Brick Wall in StLouis and repairing the damage the Tree Roots had caused  to the Brick Building.

Do You Need Help with a Tree Growing in your Brick Wall? Scotts Contracting will get to the Root of the Problem!
Do You Need Help with a Tree Growing in your Brick Wall? Scotts Contracting will get to the Root of the Problem!
Side View showing Bulge in Brick Wall  caused by the Trees Root System
Side View showing Bulge in Brick Wall
caused by the Trees Root System
Outer Course of Brick Wall removed exposing the Trees Root System
Outer Course of Brick Wall removed
exposing over 8feet Tree Root System
Getting to the Root of the Problem
Getting to the Root of the Problem

The crew guesstimates that this Tree had been growing in the brick wall for at least 5 years and had been previously cut at least one time prior to this permanent fix.

When  we  are  finished  this  tree  will  never  grow  again-Scotty

Getting to the Root of the Problem
is the first step.  Repairing the Masonry Brick Wall is the next step.  Stay Tuned for the upcoming Green Blog Posts that will be published June 2013.

DIY Flat Screen TV Mount

Rather than spend $200 for 2 TV Mounting Brackets.  I fashioned these  Flat Screen TV Mounts for the New Bar Design.

Every Design Build Project has a Must Have.  The Must Have for this part of the New Bar Design were:

  1. Adjustable Mounting to accommodate future TVs

  2. Forward Tilt of TV Screen to accommodate people viewing the tv from a seated position 10-12 ft away sitting at a lower position.  We didn’t want people to get a kink in their necks while watching the TVs!

  3. Sturdy Construction that will not fail.  If the TVs fall it could also danger the Bartenders and Customers who are sitting at the Bar.

     Failure is not an option when dealing with an expensive flat panel TV.

  4. Repositionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
    Re-positionable Forward Tilting Flat Panel TV Mount Designed and Built by Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy, Shady Jacks New Bar Design
    Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
    Additional Close Up View of Adjust Flat Screen TV Stand for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design

    Since the final position of the TV was to be determined after placement on the Shelves.

  5. I knew there was going to be Downward and Outward tension on the Bracket that was included with the TV.

  6. Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design
    Front View CAD Design of Flat TV Mount for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by: Scotts Contracting St Louis MO

      To Relieve this Downward/Outward Pressure I designed the strap that is in this CAD Design.

  7. Total cost for the Design and Installation of this Flat TV Screen Stand for both the TV in the Center of the New Bar Design was less than the costs for New Flat Panel TV Hangers $200.00

  8. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO
    Note the Bracing Added to Relieve the Pressure that will be created when the TV are placed on the Shelf. CAD Rear View Design for Adjustable Forward Mount LED Flat Screen TV Display for Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design- Designed and Built by Scotts Contracting St Louis MO

    These Forward Mount Flat Panel TV Stands were also designed to be adapted for Future TV upgrades.

  9. The materials used for this project were leftover materials used in the New Bar Design at Shady Jacks Saloon in Downtown St Louis MO

CAD Design- Shady Jacks Saloon New Bar Design by Scotts Contracting

Final Bar CAD Design for Shady Jacks Saloon, Downtown St Louis MO-Design Build Green Project- CAD design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Final Bar CAD Design for Shady Jacks Saloon, Downtown St Louis MO-Design Build Green Project- CAD design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com

Project Notes / Must Haves

  1. Additional Room for the Newly Added Alcoholic Beverage Dispensers
  2. Create a User Friendly area for the Bartenders with the addition of additional beer coolers under the lower shelf
  3. Decor Must Match Existing Finishes

Materials Used

 

  • 2″x20″x14′ White Oak Rough Cut  “True Dimensional” Lumber from the Mill- Up-cycled materials that have been in storage for 8 years

Specialty Tools

  • Kreg Jig used in Attaching the Shelves 
  • Hand Planer
  • Hand Sander
  • Skil Saw
  • Levels
  • Torch Drivers

See the Before and After Photos  with Additional CAD Designs for the Project

Shady Jacks Saloon CAD drawing New Bar Design- Green Build Project- CAD by Scotts Contracting www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Shady Jacks Saloon CAD drawing New Bar Design- Green Build Project- CAD by Scotts Contracting http://www.stlouisrenewableenergy.com
Final Bar Design Shady Jacks Saloon- Waitress Station and Center Shelving added to New Bar Design
Final Bar Design Shady Jacks Saloon- Waitress Station and Center Shelving added to New Bar Design

 

Paint Pro Tip #35

Pro Tip Supplied by:Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

*As seen in the following photo: Use an Old T-Shirt to cover the Tank on a toilette bowl before painting for easy clean up. See the Benton Rehab Green Blog Series at:http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/2012/10/series-green-blog-posts-covering.html

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Paint Pro Tip #35 by Scotty, Scotts Contracting-St Louis Renewable Energy

* * * I recommend to remove the Tank Lid before placing the T-Shirt around the Tank before painting. This will alleviate the possibility of breaking an expensive Tank Lid when removing the T-Shirt after painting.

Send your construction tips to scotts contracting and I will gladly post them on this Green Blog. Build a Green St Louis, Scotty

This Tip was used in the Benton Rehab Project- Total Rehab of a 4 Family Building see the Blog Series via Google + or at http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com

See More of the
Benton Gut Rehab Green Blog Series
Part 1: History
Part 2: Stone Foundation Repair
Part 3: Tuck-pointing the Brick Walls pt 1
Part 4: Tuck-pointing the Brick Walls pt 2
Part 5: What were they thinking?
Part 6: Paint Pro Tip #35
Part 7: Repairing Water Damage-Exterior Wall

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Help Support Renewable Energy in St Louis

Because, it’s healthier for the environment and people than pollution from power plants? Because a diverse energy portfolio protects ratepayers from steep rate hikes and fosters competition that keeps electric rates low? Or because installing solar panels and wind turbines creates good jobs that can’t be outsourced and will grow our economy?

Establishing a strong Renewable Energy Standard in Missouri will do all of the above, and more—but we need your help now collecting voter signatures to put this issue on the November ballot.

The deadline is in early May, so don’t wait! Please sign up to attend one of two trainings to collect signatures for this crucial ballot initiative.

Thursday, March 22, 6pm-7pm: Thornhill Branch St. Louis County Library, 12863 Willowyck Dr., Maryland Heights, MO 63146. (Off of Fee Fee Rd. between Olive and Bennington, across from Parkway North High School. We will be in either the main reading room or small conference room).

Tuesday, March 27, 7pm-8pm: Missouri Coalition for the Environment, 6267 Delmar Blvd, Suite 2E, University City, MO 63130 (in the Delmar Loop).

Be sure to RSVP so that we can have adequate materials on hand; call jill. Thanks!

Jill Miller
St. Louis Regional Organizer
Renew Missouri
(314) 359-4697
www.renewmo.org

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Reduced Solar Prices-March Madness Solar Prices!

March Madness Solar Prices!

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM, Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy <scottscontracting> wrote:

Westinghouse Solarsun for everyone TM
Westinghouse Solar 235W AC Panels Now Shipping – Introductory Pricing Promotion Available
March Madness Solar Prices!Our BEST PRICING EVER is now available for our industry leading Westinghouse Solar AC 235watt module, complete with an integrated Enphase microinverter:

Westinghouse Solar AC 235watt Panel (w/Built-In Racking)
+ Enphase microinverter (Built-In)

 

Our BEST PRICING EVER is now available for our industry leading Westinghouse Solar AC 235watt module, complete with an integrated Enphase microinverter:

Westinghouse Solar AC 235watt Panel (w/Built-In Racking)
+ Enphase microinverter (Built-In)
————————————————–
As low as $1.93 per watt!

Hurry – offer ends March 31, 2012.

To Order – Contact Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy Your Westinghouse Solar Account Manager for the St Louis Region

CAD Deck Design

Features: Pergola, Bench Seat, Topiary, and Hot Tub

CAD Design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting
CAD Deck with Hot Tub, Pergola, Bench Seat

Computer Aided Drawing- Deck design by Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

Saving a Deck from the Landfill – Part 1

Deck Repair by Scotty-Scotts ContractingSt Louis Renewable Energy

Because the Deck was not built to current Building Codes the St Louis Building Code Department required:

“Bring the Deck to Current Building Codes or Tear it Down”

  1. Structural Site Inspection and Documentation of Needed Repairs of the Deck by an Architectural Engineer,

  2. Obtain a Repair Permit (based on the Engineers findings) for the needed repairs,

  3. Structurally reinforce the existing deck to the Suggestions made by the Architectural Engineer,

  4. Repair other areas that are in disrepair

  5. Have the added “Structural Work” Inspected by the St Louis Building Code Official

  6. Power Wash and Paint

  7. Final Inspection by the St Louis Building Code Official and Property Owner

 Day 1 Work Photos

  • Add ½ in by 8in Lag Bolts at 16in OC at Joist House Connection to existing 3/8 in Lag Bolts
Add ½ in by 8in Lag Bolts at 16in OC at Joist House Connection to existing 3/8 in Lag Bolts, Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy
  • Additional Photo of Added Lag Bolts to Joist Wall Connection
Additional Photo of Added Lag Bolts to Joist Wall Connection
  • Lag Bolts at 16in OC the Entire Length of the Joist
Lag Bolts at 16in OC the Entire Length of the Joist
  • Temporary Support for Safety and to make sure the Deck Stays True and Plumb while we added the Double 2×8 Main Support Beam
  • Note: I don’t really think the Deck would have collapsed onto the crew while working on the Main Support but for Peace of Mind I went ahead and installed a Temporary 2×4 Post and Beam.
Temporary Support for Safety
  • Note: Simpson Strong Tie Connector- Post Beam Connection on 2 Center Posts
  • Outer Post utilize 2- 1/2 x 8in Bolt, Nut, Washer
Simpson Strong Tie Connector- Post Beam Connection on 2 Center Posts

Day 2 Work Photos

  • Upper Stairs and New Deck Boards
  • 3- 2×12 Stair Stringers
  • 7 3/4in Risers
  • 10 in Tread
Upper Stairs and New Deck Boards
  • Upper Stairs
  • New Deck Boards
  • New Upper Railing
Upper Stairs,New Deck Boards,New Upper Railing
  • Removing Lower Stair Case
Removing Lower Stair Case
  • Adding 2×8 to Existing Double 2×8 Joist- 3 Total 2×8- Combination of 16 Galvanized Nails, Screws, Glued, and 2-1/2 x 8in Bolt, Nut, Washer
Adding 2×8 to Existing Double 2×8 Joist- 3 Total 2×8- Combination of 16 Galvanized Nails, Screws, Glued, and 2-1/2 x 8in Bolt, Nut, Washer

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Day 3 Photos will post in the next few days or click here to view complete project photos at Scotts Contracting Photo Album