I live in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. This is an area of high salinity, and everything rusts away before your eyes. On the Ranch we have a Pearson Squeeze Chute which should have been worked on many years ago. As you can see from the pictures, the bottom (floor) of the chute just completely rusted away. It is lucky that the entire thing was not destroyed since the floor provides structural support to the rest.
The original floor was 2"X3"X16Ga. tubing as well as I could tell. On top of that frame was 1/8" diamond plate. On top of that were rebars cross welded at intervals to provide traction. Photos show that just about all of the diamond plate was gone, as well as most of the 2"X3" frame. I made the new frame out of 2"X3"X3/16" tubing. Inside of the frame is a 2"X2"X1/4" angle to provide support for the floor. The floor is 1/4"X1" hot dipped galvanized grating. I had various pieces left over from a set of stairs that I had fabricated years ago. Cow pee is about as corrosive as anything out there. So, I ran a weld bead on every element to prevent rain or cow pee from starting rust behind members. There is something in excess of 64 LF of bead laid on the floor structure. 1/4"X3" flat bar on the ends and 2-1/2" flat bar on the end top to accept the frame.
Photos Floor 1, 2, 3, and 4 show the condition of the chute and floor. Photo To Shop shows the old darling loaded up and headed into my shop. Since I am limited to five photos, I will continue this in the reply.
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