Tuesday, 27 December 2022

We've Started a Wood Reuse Section at Cabinz CIC as part of our DIGRS Panel Project

 Here at Cabinz Cic, we hope to expand our sales or donations of screws & fixings by working with local timber companies who have donated wood to us. This forms part of our DIGRS & Insulation & Repair Station Projects to encourage people to make insulated panels & distribute materials to Insulate & repair at home & work  

We have donated treated wood in the pic, mainly in 1.2 to1.8m lengths to local mens sheds groups in Cheshire West & Fintshire such as Woodwork to Wellness & The Port Men in Sheds who have been making trellis and other items to sell to fund their charities.

We've also donated wood to the Tam o'Shanta Urban Farm & Bee Wirral Group to make items for Xmas

Trellis is great for cheaply strenghening fencing & gates, needed to combat stronger winds & storms during climate change as well as reusing wood to grow fruit & veg on. One design is shown in the pics below. 



 




 

Sunday, 25 December 2022

We are looking for partners & donations for a Hardware Reuse Drive - Packaging Screws & Fixings in Heat Sealed Padded Envelopes with Printing Labels

 Cabinz cic & SAHBN (Shelter & Hardware Bank Network) have been donated over 40k of new dvd sized padded envelopes that have been printed on one side. We have donated 1000s to local charities & are sold some at low cost to local small businesses.

In addition, a large pallet of adhesive printable labels and 3 label printing machines (see pics below) .

We aim to find partner groups to seal fixings or other saleable items, that they have donated or supplied from our stock into padded envelopes sealed in appropriate sizes with a heat sealer. These packets of fixings can be sold at low cost or donated to faciltate the reuse of materials or repair / preparation / maintanace of goods. 

We've previously had discussions with other groups such as Mens Sheds on the possibility of encouraging the donation of screws & fixings from those stored in household sheds & garages. 

One problem is that only a small range of fixings are used by Mens Sheds (ie, 25-100mm screws & small hinges) and large amounts of  other size / type fixings are donated, so a market / distribution network needs to be developed for these.     

If you are an interested, contact cabinznet@gmail.com for further info.

Pictures below   

These added envelopes are slightly bigger than dvd size ones, and have been cut in half using a paper guillotine with a wider mouth, so the thicker bubble wrap padded envelopes can pass through to be cut.

A Heat sealer machiine (Do a Google search for  '12" Heating Sealer Heat Plastic Bag Film Sealing Machine uk' to buy from £10 up ) We paid £25 for our one, pictured below.

The bag can be sealed through the paper, but if a clear window of bubble wrap to view the fixings inside is required (see pics below). one side of paper can be removed by peeling it off around the edges,

 ( preferably the side that may have printing on )

One side of the paper has been peeled off to leave a neat edge, then the sideds have been sealed, 2 

seals can be done for extra strength. the already sealed side of the bag can be sealed again to make the bag smaller or tighter. 

Presuamably, the heat sealing will work for used padded envelopes. By talking to craft makers, the sides of irons of curling tongs have been used to heat seal these envelopes, but we have not tried these methods



The paper side can be written on by hand or a printed label can be added (pic below)



120mm wide thick paper adhesive labels on a roll, can be cut to the required size & applied in various ways

Labels can be cut to the required size
Label with edges wrapped around the other side for extra strength
Type & Manuals for Printers
Donated Printing Machines that can print bar codes & QR codes as well

 

 Our pallet of donated labels

Single Roll of 120mm wide labels



Saturday, 22 October 2022

A Big Thankyou to buyers & sellers at Chirk Boot Sale who have supported our community group over recent years selling & buying at this wonderful market

 

As the last few weeks of Chirk Boot sale are upon us, we hope to support more reuse in local boot sales & covered markets over the winter, and will continue to visit Ellesmere Port Flea market.

I believe there is a boot sale market at st Asaph livestock market every other sunday from the 9th Oct, but times may change please check with the organisers here 
Tel: 01745 583260
e-mail: stasaph@jonespeckover.com

Given the very tough economic & environmental times, an increase in reuse market places for low income folks & small businesses to buy & sell goods is deperately needed. This will reduce waste going ot Council waste sites and save money & resources.

PIC - Our wide range of new hardware, screws & fixings sourced from split boxes & clearance stock from TIMCO, travis Perkins & Wickes. This good quality, low cost stock is for sale as delivered by our trusty fully electric van. 



Wednesday, 14 September 2022

The Insulation Station Idea to help address part of the current Energy Crunch Crisis by providing low cost or donated insulation materials at local collection points

The Insulation Station is an idea by Paul Ridley of Cabinz cic  / SAHBN  to help address part of the current Energy Crunch by providing low cost or donated insulation materials at local collection points . 

With the proposed warm banks at museums and libraries, providing heated spaces for people needing to warm themselves in winter. Insulation Staions could be cupboards or mobile racks containing these items for users to take home & install in their homes.

I have contacted local Food Banks to see if they are interested in distributing insulative materials as there are current news articles saying some Food Banks are running out of food. 

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Edit:

Following a Tweet today 15-9-22 by Martin Lewis of MSE, who is funding Warm Bank guidance, I have sentthe following email to the organisers at warmbanks@cilip.org.uk who welcome useful ideas:

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Hi, thanks to Martin for the tweet and you taking up the challenge here

We are a N.Wales / Chester social enterprise & vol group suggesting a distribution point at the
 warm banks for donated non bulky items to help insulate the home /room, that users can take home with them to install.

My first thoughts are that these could include:
 
 Bubble wrap / cling film to insulate windows
Cardboard to put in gaps / insulate.
Fire resistant sealant in a tube & applicators to seal drafty cracks in window frames / doors
Padded fabric draught excluder rolls
water pipe insulation to stop pipes freezing
Warm clothes ( you probably thought of that)
rolls of sticky tape to tape on the inside hinge side of the door to stop draughts
rolls of draught excluder tape 
energy saving light bulbs (not LED) as they give out a little heat while having low energy cost
Materials to make insulative curtains over door or add to window curtains
rolls of fabric & scissors to cut off a length or off cuts of fabric
screws or nails to fix  curtain rails to top of door frame
wood or metal tube curtain rails
curtain hooks
needle & thread to stitch top of fabric over to slide curtain rail into.

Keyhole covers to stop draughts , (we have several 100 of these )

We would be interested in a trial in the Nw / n. Wales area and we could provide a storage trolley with shelves. We have 20 used of these which cost £1k new They are on castor wheels, are double sided , twice as deep as seen in pic & HDuty to take 2 deep ice cream tubs )



I am calling this shelf on wheels full of insulating accessories, the INSULATION STATION  InsulationStation.org.uk
Currently talking to designer of the hexayurt Vinay Gupta about hexayurt -like room divider systems

New ideas will be posted here -  www.Energycrunch.co.uk


Edit - 11-12-22: I am talking to food banks about trialling the ideas here in the NW . I'm now thinking it might
be best to widen the focus from Insualtion to insulation & repair.

Best Regards Paul Ridley
Founder / director Cabinz cic / SAHBN

 

Saturday, 10 September 2022

The HIBERNATER or HIBERNATOR is a name for a temporary insulated shelter built inside a building or outside to survive extremes of cold or heat. An idea as part of the DIGRS Project by Paul Ridley of Cabinz Cic / SAHBN

The HIBERNATER or HIBERNATOR is a name for a low cost temporary insulated shelter built inside a building or outside to survive extremes of cold or heat.  An idea as part of the DIGRS Project by Paul Ridley of Cabinz Cic / SAHBN 

People should be able to retreat to the Hibernater, safe in the thought that it will cost very little to heat, and is big enough to perform many homely functions, such as sleeping, writing at a desk, watching tv.

To preserve resources & keep cost low, the shelters are ideally made reusing materials or clearance stock sourced locally.

The current Energy Crunch gives an ideal opportunity to design, prototpe these shelters. 

There are fire resistant designs like Hexayurts using foil sided PIR rigid foam boards taped together, that can be reused when a shelter is no longer required due to temperature normalising for external wall insualtion. 

If on a low budget, used tents, insualated fabric,  non fire resistant shelters can be used. The DIGRS project has been exploring designs & buying materials to build them  using low cost wood, fabric, insulation & hardware / fixings,

Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Can a Wind Turbine Assembly be incorporated into the design or added to a jacked up EV car wheel while parked to use the EV regen system to generate electricity ? Perhaps an ev bike wheel, ICE car alternator, washing machine or vacuum cleaner could be similarly adapted ?

 I call this concept, STOREUSE - An Idea to Utilise Resources in Storage for Reuse while they would previously have been inactive

 Electric motors & batteries are prime candidates for Storeuse as the ycan take a lot of use without much wear 

Can a portable telescopic wind turbine assembly be added to a jacked up EV car wheel while parked to use the EV regen system to generate electricity ? 

Perhaps the spare wheel could be utilised with the spokes adapted into windmill blades. Being telescopic the assembly could be easily stored in the boot of the car.  Similar to Mobile Emergency Lighting Tower Car Roof Mounted Telescopic Mast 

Electric hub bicycle wheels could also be utilsed windmills while parked, or placed at night in windier places like high rise block balconies or sea front  areas.

 Perhaps ICE car alternators could have an adapted bonnet hole to insert a drive shaft attached ot a wind turbine. Washing machines & dish washers are often next to windows in the kitchen, a flexible drive shaft could be going out the window or hole in the wall to the wind turbine.   Could a vacuum cleaner could be similarly adapted to ?

Perhaps a marine version could be developed to put into flowing water to generate electrity on windless days?

 An associate, David Baker designed an amphibious vehicle with redesigned spokes of the back wheel, which is similar : Land Shark Project Video  Contact David Baker  - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/david-baker-b0996b5b    

I am doing research & looking for partners to develop these ideas. If interested or you know of similar existing products, contact cabinznet@gmail.com or leave a comment on this blog

This is an Idea by Paul Ridley of Cabinz cic / SAHBN following on from his related idea of STOREUSE - An Idea to Facilitate the Storage of Resources for Reuse. Lack of Storage is a common Barrier to Reuse

In the current Energy crisis, I am trying to generate related ideas on a blog page at www.energycrunch.co.uk

 


Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Energy saving ideas blog page, eventually leading to a website at www.Energycrunch.co.uk

 This Blog page will contain energy saving ideas by Paul Ridley of Cabinz Cic / SAHBN and related  educational web links 

Curently working on D.I.G.R.S. - DIVIDE- rooms with portable insulated panels, fabric or green walls to save energy & aid function with latest ideas HERE

Other ideas 

Indoor cube, rectanglular or hexayurt from taped foil sided rigid foam boards -www.hexayurt.com lower cost clearance boards from Seconds & co in Mid Wales

For  more portable, hardy hexayurt type panels, screw drywall lining framing (available here in NW ) around the edge of each panel with loose pin hinges joining them & draught excluder tape on the join. (This idea is currently being experimented with )

 Related idea

A cheap way of dividing up a room is using 2 metal angle or corner brackets hung off the top of a cupboard  / cabinet door, tied together by cord, then hanging fabric or gaffer taped edge cardboard sheets (taped to trap air inside) to hang over the cord




 

The corner brackets we have 20k of in stock will do the job at very low cost. (pic below - hinge not required) put a bit of tissue / tape inside to stock scratching the door corner

Cardboard Tubes frames, supporting fabric curtain dividers by Japanese Architect  

These tubes could be sourced from carpet shops, usuallt for free, reused and combined with reused fabric roll tubes from fabric shops .Make tubes more fire resisatant by covering in aluminium foil and using fire retardant fabric.

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Cardboard box dividing walls with edges taped seal gaps and to trap air inside for insualtion 

Some shown here



advice on working with cardboard  https://cardboardhelp.com/


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Can a portable telescopic windmill assembly be added to a jacked up EV car wheel while parked to use the EV regen system to generate electricity ? 

Perhaps the spare wheel could be utilised with the spokes adapted into windmill blades. Being telescopic the assembly could be easily stored in the boot of the car.  Similar to Mobile Emergency Lighting Tower Car Roof Mounted Telescopic Mast 

Electric hub bicycle wheels could also be utilized windmills while parked, or placed at night in windier places like high rise block balconies or sea front  areas.

Perhaps a marine version could be developed to put in water on windless days?

 An associate, David Baker designed an amphibious vehicle with redesigned spokes of the back wheel, which is similar : Land Shark Project Video  Contact David Baker  - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/david-baker-b0996b5b    

I am doing research & looking for partners to develop these ideas. If interested or you know of similar existing products, contact cabinznet@gmail.com or leave a comment on this blog

This is an Idea by Paul Ridley of Cabinz cic / SAHBN following on from his related idea of STOREUSE - An Idea to Facilitate the Storage of Resources for Reuse. Lack of Storage is a common Barrier to Reuse

In the current Energy crisis, I am trying to generate related ideas on a blog page at www.energycrunch.co.uk

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We've Started a Wood Reuse Section at Cabinz CIC as part of our DIGRS Panel Project

 Here at Cabinz Cic, we hope to expand our sales or donations of screws & fixings by working with local timber companies who have donate...