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Shoulder carrying capacity

Lucy helping with water bucket

It's the first time this Winter we've had to break an ice hole in the tank for some fresh dish water.

One of these days I'm going to make a shoulder yoke and see if carrying a bucket on each side would be smarter.

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I'm surprised you don't have a setup where you channel the water from your roof into a tank and then pump it into the house for dishwashing etc. My Great Aunt had that kind of setup at her Victorian house which worked quite well. Of course, drinking water came from a hand-operated pump just outside the kitchen.
Comment by Nayan Sat Jan 10 18:11:57 2015
In the same idea of a shoulder yoke leveraging the weight on both sides, simply carrying a water bucket in each hand makes it easier in my opinion too.
Comment by Krisann Sun Jan 11 10:01:51 2015

I second the idea of using two buckets. If they're half full it will be easier than the a full one and you'll get just as much water.

Just make sure you engage all your muscles from arm to shoulders to arm. It feels like you're an over built bodybuilder but it acts as the yoke. The last thing you want is for it to feel like it's pulling your arm off...

Comment by Milton Dixon Sat Jan 17 06:35:28 2015

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