Ever since I announced my brand new Homestead Hack feature last week, the ideas have been pouring in! I’ve had a blast looking through all of your brilliant ideas.
What’s a “Homestead Hack?”
Good question. Here is how Wikipedia explains it:
“Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way”
Apply that definition to homesteading, and that, my friends, is a Homestead Hack.
Today’s Homestead Hack is…
A ultra-creative repurposed dog waterer from Charlene:
“When the kitchen got a makeover (and I got a farm sink) I kept the old sink.
I made a PVC frame to hold the sink and to elevate it to a good height for the dogs. I fill both sides with fresh water in the morning and again in the evening.
When it is time to clean the sink, I let the water drain from the bottom. I use Epsom Salts and a scrubbie sponge for scouring it clean. The Epsom Salts is rinsed away and if any minute residue persists it won’t hurt the dogs. The Epsom Salts is good for the grass so no worries about rinsing the sink on the lawn.
This works very well for our 2 German Shepherd rescues, 14 year-old Guinevere and almost 2 year-old Indiana. It is kept outside on the patio (so no “splash zone” in the house) and they use the dog door which allows 24 hr access.
On hot summer days we place a large ice block (we freeze in #10 cans) into each bowl at about noon & it keeps the water cool until about 5 pm.”
And that, my friends, is homesteading ingenuity at its finest! This idea appeals to me especially since its hard to keep enough water in a bucket for our 100+ pound Mastiff…