Yes to all of that!
I regularly think of all of our DIY friends in the US during these unstable times.
Covid is starting to growl a bit more here in Ontario, but out here in the middle of nowhere, I suddenly feel lucky to be so isolated.
Wishing you all well.
Hope to hear from you soon too, Ed...
For sure, I should have clarified that. Yes, I can the chicken wire fence up the first 3 feet as shown here...
The panels they call "Cattle Panels" at out local supply had massive openings though, much more than what is shown above.
I was worried that chickens / turkeys might try to fly right...
At our farm supply, the cattle panels seem to have much larger squares, might be large enough for chickens to get through.
I have seen many different styles, but if you can find taller panels that will work, the means possibly less joining.
Yup, it had to go.
I could not afford the time or bandwidth to keep the old system running.
The new forum is coming along nicely, buy the reality is that every decade I will most likely have to dump and restart.
That is just the way tech is.... disposable like everything that we don't make...
It's amazing how DIY projects come together so quickly in those few days we have to spare.
Sometimes my works in progress sit for half a year and then get completed in one free afternoon!
The gussets will certainly do the trick.
It's actually a strange failure considering there is not much stress at this point of the frame. On a 4 wheeler, there would be, but on a trike, any side to side would not be met with resistance at all. I can only guess that there was some weld anomaly...
Must be just old chain. No configuration of pulleys or length of chain would weaken it. you could run a 200 foot chain across a dozen pulleys, and it would be as strong as any chain, so it must have had some defects.
Or you are one hell of a strong dude!