To top it off, the reason the plumber was here, was because the septic clean out tank had frozen, yes, frozen. It is a bit of a larger tank designed for a family of 4 or more and daily use. When there were no guests in the bed and breakfast, going in to flush the toilet and run the taps was not enough water to keep the flow and heat in the tank and the cold came down through the lid in the concrete and froze the sewage. Gross! Next winter, I am to put straw bales and a mound of straw over the tank to prevent this and also run a cycle of hot only through the washer every few days in severe cold if the bed and breakfast has fewer than 2 guests. That lesson cost just under five hundred dollars.
A new shed/shop is on order for the farm, along with the new skid steer. I have decided to stay here and farm until I am old, too old to do it anymore, or when I no longer enjoy it. Walking around the feed areas in this foot of new heavy snow is not a picnic. If the skid steer was here, then I could easily clean those areas, making life so much easier. The metal shop will have to be put together on site and the front wall built. It takes a few people and little skill to do so. I hope I can find some volunteers to give me a hand. In the meantime, the old barn will have to be taken down. The former residents allowed it to rot...such a terrible shame, all because they were too frugal to put a new roof on it. The septic problem was also caused by the former owner's lack of plumbing skills, which caused a back up in the septic and the pump to run non-stop. Some days it seems the snow is from all directions!
Sorry to be so vague, but a skid steer is a small CAT machine capable of doing many chores depending on the attachments used. The one ordered comes with a blade and with bale forks for moving big round bales. The steel building will be in the place of the decrepit barn, which needs to be dismantled and discarded. The building needs to be erected and this can be done with unskilled labour and some rivet guns. I hope that clears the confusion up and thank you for your offer. Do be well.