Monday, 11 July 2022

More thoughts on reusing plastic bottles, waxed cuboid cartons, metal cans & cardboard, for insulation & shrapnel protection

Following on from Previous experiments by Paul Ridley reusing plastic bottles, waxed cuboid cartons & cardboard over several years, mainly for packaging items & insulation, I have some more ideas.

A more urgent case for plastic reuse can be made with recent articles highlighting recycling problems, like The Big Plastic Count: Survey shows 'recycling doesn't work' 

  3 years ago, I experimented Making an Insulated Eco Brick by Filling Empty Plastic Bottles with Rolled Cardboard or Plastic & Evacuating Air (VIB))   

As the world has changed with major inflation, material shortages & european war. I believe it's time to revisit some of these ideas. Perhaps such ideas could be used in Ukraine to help protect from sharpnel while also insulating structures internally or externally from harsh winters.

I mentioned protection from projectiles on the blog post: Design method to reuse existing refugee camp tents and further insulate them from temperature / fire / projectiles at low cost

It has occurred to me that using water inside a can / bottle for thermal mass & projectile protection that has a squirt of expanding foam inside at either end to strengthen the structure & seal the water in.

Crumpled or shredded plastic /polysterene / cardboard  (see UBUNTU BLOX ) could also be used instead of water for impact 

 Fabric could be reused at either end & glued in place with the expanding foam for additional strength. I will update this blog with photos & progress shortly & welcome comments / related experiments 

update: 20-7-22 - Relevant full reseach paper on metal drink can insulation in concrete slabs

Evaluation of Aluminum Cans As A Thermal Insulator in Reinforced Concrete Slabs      March 2009  

"

The cost of any insulation material has the controlling rule for selection, the higher the cost,
the better the insulation and the higher the construction cost. In this study, AC was found to
meet the minimum cost requirements, since AC could be collected from Aluminum
Recycling Agencies, beside the minimal construction cost. AC may also be bought directly
from the factory for insulation use. The cost of AC is much lower than the cost of TB and the
PB
4. Conclusions:
The tested insulation materials were evaluated through models, AC showed a significant
results. Experiments also showed that the cans are a good thermal insulation material and can
withstand a considerable live and dead loads, in addition to the low construction cost and low
dead weight. From practical side of view, these cans could be packed using nylon sheets with
suitable dimensions (100x100cm or 50x50cm) for easy installation process beneath the
floor’s or ceiling’s tiles. As it was stated before that the AC recycling rate is decreasing, the
use of these cans is certainly will contribute in solving part of the environmental problems."
 
Edit: 22-7-21
 
(PR Idea) - How about making a living fence or wall insulating panel into a bug hotel by using wood or plastic frame, containing plastic bottles or tins stuffed with cut twigs/ hay etc into, 

6 Large Rubble Bags of New Tanalised & Used Timber donated to Ellesmere Port Mens Sheds by Cabinz CIC / SAHBN

 6 Large Rubble Bags of New Tanalised & Used Timber donated to Ellesmere Port Mens Sheds by Cabinz CIC / SAHBN  on 8-7-22


Woodwork to Wellness in Saltney was offered some as well, but they have no storage, so we are storing some wood until they have the room

 



Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Low Cost 2 Metre Long Composite Plastic & Fibreglass Off Cut Beams supplied to Connahs Quay Allotment for Raised Beds. Many available for £6 each in 7 colours- rot free & don't need painting.

Many available for £6 each from Saltney, contact cabinznet@gmail.com 

These are to replace rotting scaffolding boards. We can deliver locally at low cost or post larger quantites of 20+ on a pallet nationwide . 

We can supply screws and metal angle brackets to join corners at low cost

Cabinz have previously made  these panels into Green Houses  Cloche & Polytunnel Frames (Heavy duty grp fibreglass sheets available at £5 a metre)  Organic Chicken Coops  Rot Proof Shed Base & Frame

2 metre x 48mm Door edge strip (DES) Original off cut from a composite door factory, when a door blank is cut to size. Available with a colour on one side of red, dark blue, mid brown, dark brown, black, green, white.

They are similar to hardwood in weight, take screws / nails fine & do not split. They have a wood grain effect fibreglass strip either side, and moss will grow on them in time

 These beams are nailed together from smaller strips (2 are shown in the front of the picture and are available for £1 each (min. 6) ) and were part of our long term test & have already been outside for 3 years in the weather without any damage and moss grew on the outside edges.

contact cabinznet@gmail.com to order or for more info.

 





Friday, 27 May 2022

Cabinz cic in local press - Chester: Expert develops new line of easy to assemble structures

Chester: Expert develops new line of easy to assemble structures
 https://www.chesterstandard.co.uk/news/20163545.chester-expert-develops-new-line-easy-assemble-structures/

Saltney based re-use expert Paul plans to turn scrap into refugee shelters and play dens
   https://www.deeside.com/saltney-based-re-use-expert-paul-plans-to-turn-scrap-into-refugee-shelters-and-play-dens/ 

 

D.I.G.R.S. - DIVIDE- rooms with portable insulated panels, fabric or green walls to save energy & aid function INSULATE -walls, floors & ceilings inside. Outside use green walls of soil / water thermal mass GROW - frruit & veg in pots inside & by outside walls for sustenance & mental / physical health REUSE - materials to do this or use materials with recycled content to save money & resources STORAGE & SECURITY in room dividers by adding insulation panels to back of storage unit book shelves

D.I.G.R.S. (an idea by Paul Ridley to help reduce the current high energy cost and food inflation / supply issues)
 
DIVIDE- rooms with portable insulated panels, fabric or green walls to save energy & aid function 
INSULATE -walls, floors & ceilings inside. Outside use green walls of soil / water thermal mass
GROW - fruit & veg in pots inside & by outside walls for sustenance & mental / physical health
REUSE - materials to do this or use materials with recycled content to save money & resources
STORAGE in room dividers by adding insulation panels to back of  storage unit book shelves, and SECURITY SHUTTERS where insulated panels can be reused with loose pin hinges for windows to insulate and protect from rising crime

I encourage people to source preferably reusable materials locally where possible.

Cabinz cic and the Shelter and the Hardware  Bank Network (SAHBN) can supply low cost , high quality fixings such as screws, loose pin hinges & growing buckets to groups to facilitate this and possibly donate some limited amounts. As mentioned by me previously, I recommend DIY'ers exploring Hexayurt construction methods & designs

By Paul Ridley 

contact - cabinznet@gmail.com

Friday, 18 February 2022

Plan to make a low cost hardware kit to allow low income groups to build locally sourced (preferably reused) panels to make foldable shelters like Hexayurts, or for childrens play dens, animals pens or room dividers to reduce heating costs and noise

 Plan to make a low cost hardware kit to allow low income groups to build locally sourced (preferably reused) panels to make shelters like Hexayurts, or childrens play dens, animal pens or room dividers to reduce heating costs and noise

  Following on from previous Experiments in Prototyping a 6' Hexayurt Shelter from  Metal Sided RIGID PIR Foam Sandwich Panels  this expands the idea to use  Loose Pin Hinges (Bzp 75mm -100mm)

 

on the corners joints instead of roof tek screws, so the hinge pins can be removed, and the shelter can be diassembled for storage / easy portability. Reusing panels for alternative uses such as window shutters for insulation / security could be explored. 

A profile / cover to seal the roof seams will have to be designed.

This panel joining system could also be used inside for other shelters such as childrens play dens, animals pens or room dividers to save heating energy, quickly stored away when unused 

An internal tensioned wire or threaded bar system to tighten structure may be required as loose pin hinge joints may need tightening. Perhaps this could be incorporated into a mezzanine in a hexayurt design 

A similar method has been used for 'removable pin split hinges as baseboard connectors'

Materials to experiment making panels for interior use:

If there is a budget:  

metal sided PIR sandwich panels (as in pic above) sips panels, mgo sips, 

recycled plastic panels (poss made by methods of www.preciousplastic.com

No budget: 

Used cardboard with edges taped to keep air inside for insulation, framed in Pallet wood, then painted using repaint project paint

Dissasemble used Furniture

We have been fortunate in aquiring several thousand of the hinges and brackets detailed below at very low cost, so we can beging to offer these hardware kits


75mm Loose Pin Hinges (100mm hinges also available)

 

 

 

Panel corners can strengthened with these Blooma Steel Fixing Clip 24mm Bracket 
 
or smaller panels can be joined together by using them in pairs fixed back to back 



 Panels from dissasembled furniture could be used like in link below and joined togethere with Blooma Steel Fixing Clip 24mm (pic above)

 Low Cost 1-2.05 M High New Remanufactured Shelving with Wood & Threaded Metal Bar Uprights that is Fully Height Adjustable in Several Sizes For Sale 

 Pic of plywood Hexayurt design which may be able to benefit fron the loose pin hinge idea

 

 related page http://hexayurt.com/index.old.html  

video of a Fold up Hexayurt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzC-T72tnYc




 


Sunday, 6 February 2022

Low Cost 1-2.05 M High New Remanufactured Shelving with Wood & Threaded Metal Bar Uprights that is Fully Height Adjustable in Several Sizes For Sale - Shop Fitters Welcome

Low Cost 2.05 M High New Remanufactured Shelving with Wood & Threaded Metal Bar that is Fully Height Adjustable in Several Sizes for Sale

These shelves with a chipboard core are remanufactured from new kitchen or bathroom cabinets from large manufacturers. Quality fixings are supplied by TIMCO

These shelves have thin rod uprights, so maximise the shelf space. They can be arranged in different configurations & heights, so parts are sold seperately . 

The shelves shown can easily split into 2 x 1m high ones without cutting the 1m long rods

Different Sized Shelves & threaded rod are available. If heavy items like records are being stored, an extra threaded rod upright can be added in the middle  

Please note: So they can place them where they want on the shelf, the buyer will have to drill 16mm holes in the shelves ( 16mm+ Drill bit & drill required) for the threaded rod to pass through. We have contacted mens sheds projects, who may be able to drill the holes for you at low cost. please contact your local diy group. 

Alternatively, we can drill holes for £3 a shelf

Sizes of shelves are:

45 x 98cm ( shown in pic)  

56.6cm x 71.5cm (small desk size in brown)

 57.5 x 47.8 cm (grey colour) 

 37.5 x 47.8cm brown

47.8cm x 47.8cm brown

 




 
 Smaller sizes available
 

 
 

Prices  : 

Shelves  (18mm thick) Large are .......................  £7 each

Medium are ...........................................................£6 each

Smaller ones are  ...................................................£5 each

1m x 20mm diameter Threaded Bar .......................£6 each

1m x 16mm diameter Threaded Bar .......................£4. each

1m x 12mm diameter Threaded Bar .......................£3 each

 1m x 10mm diameter Threaded Bar .......................£2.20 each

8mm & 6mm only for very small shelves

 1m x 8mm diameter Threaded Bar .......................£1.80 each

 1m x 6mm diameter Threaded Bar .......................£1.40 each

 

16mm diamter Nuts................................................10p each  

16mm Diameter Coupling Nut..............................50p  each

16mm Diameter DomeNut....................................50p each

Penny Washers if required .......................................5p each  

Drilling 4 Holes in shelves ............................£3 each shelf

 

New Heavy Duty Castor Wheels are avalable @ £8 each if mobile shelves are required 


 To make the Shelves in the photo :

 Shelves                    (6 in pic) @ £7 each = £42

Threaded Rod      x 1m (8 in pic) @ £4 each =£32 

 16mm diamter Nuts (48 in pic) @15p each = £7.2 

Coupling Nuts......... (4 in pic)  @£50p each = £2

16mm  Dome Nut (8 in pic) @£50p..... .........-£4

Packet of 4 Corner brackets.........................= £2

(to attach shelf  to wall- pics below)

Total...............................................................£89.2

 

 
 

 
 

 
 

These are the set of 4 wall connectiong fittings for the shelves
 
 


New Filler panels that can be attached the back of shelves are available in wood effect, white or cream 

£3 each





Heavy duty metal framed mobile shelves on castor wheels are also available for £150, they cost over £1000 new

They are double sided or potentially accessed from 4 side depending on your shelves, some have a movable bar to stop contents  coming out when shelve is moved.

Height is 1860mm x 950mm wide x 680mm deep

 (colours may vary, shelves and plastic containers not inc. )





More thoughts on reusing plastic bottles, waxed cuboid cartons, metal cans & cardboard, for insulation & shrapnel protection

Following on from Previous experiments by Paul Ridley reusing plastic bottles, waxed cuboid cartons & cardboard over several years, main...