I discovered this one quite by accident, but it works so well I decided to share.
I have a DeLaval type milker. I prefer to leave everything except the buckets in the barn, but if it gets below freezing, it seems that theres always a bit of ice in the pulsator, so I'd resigned myself to having to carry buckets, lid, hoses and claw back and forth every day, twice a day.
A few days ago a cold night surprised me. Against my fervent hope, yes there was ice in the pulsator, and it wouldn't slide. I banged on it, dipped it in the hot water, nothing worked. I headed inside to get a blowdryer. On the way to the bathroom, I saw one of those rice heating pad thingies. So, I popped it in the microwave, took it outside, layed it over the lid and pulsator, and within 30 seconds, the pulsator was happily sliding back and forth.
So, I can still leave everything outside except the buckets. The hot rice bag is way easier to carry back and forth than the whole lid and claw assembly. Plus it feels really good tucked in my coat
Last Edit: Jan 25, 2010 15:48:45 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
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I've been toying with the idea of getting one of those electric throws and draping it over. I hate the thoughts of getting to the barn one freezing morning and it not working.
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