Thursday, 31 August 2017

Street Lamp Fastened Floating Bases with Hexayurt Shelter Attached for Flooded Disaster Area Rescue or Residence

 The Houston Flooding disaster got me thinking about a similar idea I had many yrs ago.

The original idea was to have a buckyball or dodecahedron framed sphere (shape used for strength ), covered in grp or concrete .
This would have a small hole in the top & bottom attached to a sleeve sealed, so water could not penetrate the interior

This would allow a metal pole (approx. dia of a street lamp) to pass through it 

This pole would be cemented securely into the ground.

The point of this would be to allow the sphere to rest on the ground in dry weather (perhaps with an earth rammed tyre wall it sits in for thermal mass insulation)  , but to float up & down the pole as the flood water rose, yet not be swept away .

A windmill  /wifi router could be attached to the top of the pole .

 A further thought would be that the pole could be used as a chimney for wood burning fires, if a hole was cut in one side & a plate inserted to hold ashes, supported by a through bolt.

Leading on from this, it occured to me today that boat led rescue efforts in Houston, as in Katrina are
often via boat along the flooded streets (if not by helicopter)

These streets are full of street lamp posts.

If  a floating base, with a cylinder in the middle to wrap around the pole in a kit kit could be designed.
 Flooded house residents could wait on this to be rescuced, instead of risking being trapped in their houses
In addition a  hexayurt on it could be developed to rest on this floating platform, if they needed to stay for longer periods ..

Edit: These could also be used for security guards to stay in to keep looters out of houses 

Note: some streets may have parked cars in the way


Related previous ideas ...     

Experiments with Flood Area Pontoon Boat that Forms Pillar & Wall of a Shelter When Not in Use 

cabinznet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/experiments-with-flood-area-pontoon.html

Prototype For Adjustable Height Footing Base Plate & Leg for Small & Light OutBuilding / Shelter Mk 3 & Mk 4. (untested)  

cabinznet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/prototype-for-adjustable-height-footing.html

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Raised Beds Frame Prototype From grp / plastic Composite Door Panel off cuts with Handbridge Allotment


 Raised Beds Prototype From grp / plastic Composite Door Panel off cuts with Handbridge Allotment 

The aim is to replace the rotting wood frame with composite door offcuts, that are glued and screwed together . These will not rot or be eaten by insects for an estimated 25 yrs +

They may be more visible, being white on one side.

So they may reduce tripping hazards in poor evening light, as many allotments / gardens are unlit

DES Pegs will be hammered into gound to support them 

size is approx 2.44 x 1.22 m2  Frames are approx 30cm tall




Prototype 1

Window cut outs are framed with door edge strips (DES) with a door edge strip section between panels horizontally to screw DES to.

They are glued together with Everbuild lumberjack 5 min PU glue & 75mm screws


A 2nd idea is to use the smaller DES screwed & glued together with cheaper silicon sealant

This is quicker to make, than it appears at first. The planks are also heavier & stronger with the grp side resisting the outward soil force 


Close up


Edit: 20th September

Finished 2.4m long beam made from the thinner door edge strips (thicker strips are kept for more structural uses 

They are screwed and sealed with silicone sealant . coloured side would be sited inside to be hidden by soil . so outside is white .

Wood could be screwed to the top. Wood being above the soil, would mean it lasted longer, as not in contact with wet soil 







Monday, 14 August 2017

Prototype Green House / Shed DIY Kit Mk 1 with Slanting Flat Roof (Using DES Strips & Grp Sheets)

Prototype Green House / Shed 1
Thsi is exploring a method for making a one-off shed.
If it was repeated in manufacture , it could be used as a pattern.
my intention is to make differnt roof types to fit the cube base like the previous WedgeBlock shelter 


 Make 4 x 2 mtr square frames with corner braces. Then 2 triangular roof side frames

Note: the top & bottom frames have the grp side on the top & bottom to take the extra weight of the roof ( the composite DES sticks are weaker if facing the othe way)  


 Close up

 1. Screw 4 x frames together to form a cube.
2. Move frame onto its' side
3. Screw 2 triangular roof side frames to cube frame


 Screw Grp sheets to the side temporarily and cut to size.

Note: sometime the off cut slanted side is the same angle as the adjoining panel, so it can be reused as the neighbouring panels


 Close up of other side



















Saturday, 12 August 2017

North West England and N. Wales Allotment Research and Locations / Contacts


Cabinz are currently reseaching ways of supplying materials to improve allotments in the NW & N Wales.

 Allotment sites under the control of Cheshire West And Cheshire are 


Wirral 

https://www.wirral.gov.uk/sites/default/files/all/Leisure%20parks%20and%20events/allotments/Allotment%20Site%20Addresses.pdf

Flintshire 


Denbighshire 


We have five allotment sites, at:
  • Greenfield Road, Ruthin
  • Fron Bache, Llangollen
  • Glas Meadows, Denbigh
  • Caradoc Road, Prestatyn
  • The Morfa, Tip Lane, Prestatyn (raised bed allotment)

  Liverpool allotment list  


Liverpool allotment list



Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Approx. 1 tonne of Building Materials to build 2 to 3 Small Green Houses / Walking boards or Raised Beds, donated to Ellesmere Port Allotment Residents by the Cabinz Project

For more info , look HERE 

These composite materials included fire & rot resistant door off cuts for insulating & repairing sheds .

Plastic wood type 2m long beams to make green house or shed frames were doanted with opaque grp roof sheets.

Perhaps resisdents will build structures like our Wedge Block prototype shelters Here & Here or Here Screws, glue & corner braces were also donated by Cabinz.
Cabinz has some funding to distribute materials to make 2 to 3 greenhouses .

We would like to hear from community groups in the NW & North Wales, such as allotment or men in sheds projects who may want them.
Please email cabinznet@gmail.com 

Dennis recieves the insulation and frame beams


  Opaque Grp Fibreglass roof / wall sheets are delivered 

 

These composite materials included fire & rot resistant door off cuts for insulating & repairing sheds .

Plastic wood type 2m long beams to make green house or shed frames were donated with opaque grp roof sheets. 

 Perhaps resisdents will build structures like our Wedge Block prototype shelters Here & Here or Here Screws, glue & corner braces were also donated by Cabinz. 

Cabinz has some funding to distribute  materials to make 2 to 3 greenhouses . 

We would like to hear from community groups in the NW & North Wales, such as allotment or men in sheds projects who may want them. 

Please email cabinznet@gmail.com 

Raised Beds Installed - Part 2 - Low Cost Rot Proof Materials to Build a Garden Cloche, Greenhouse or Raised Bed for Growing Veg for Food Security and Self Reliance

Following on from Part 1 , Part 2 shows pics of the raised bed to Simons design installed in the Newtown Chester Allotment  Thanks Simon ! F...