Saturday, 11 September 2021

Cabinz cic & SAHBN aid disaster recovery by donating fixings & selling low cost roofing after Ellesmere Port timber yard business fire

 Cabinz CIC & the Shelter and Hardware Bank Network aid disaster recovery by donating fixings & selling low cost roofing after Ellesmere Port timber yard business fire in July 2021

Major damage to a local established reuse project, particularly bad when there is a wood shortage & inflation in timber supplies .

we hope they recover quickly . If you have wood to donate or sell to 'Pallet by Design', contact Ray on 07505 700601

Investigation launched into Ellesmere Port timber yard blaze 

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Low Cost Raised Walkways for flooded or boggy areas with a fencing / handrail option that can be used as large flower pots / fencing when not in use as platformed walkways

Flooded property access  - Heavy Duty bucket supported walkway idea 

 This project is related to previous work on raised footing & supports . and is a work in progress

We have a stock of aluminium framed bufalo board wood platforms that with minimal fixings can be temporarily fixed to large heavy duty buckets with lids in various configs . 

These can be free standing , attached to an existing fence that may be used as a hand rail or plastic composite door off cuts fencing can be installed.

From our previous work with composite door off cuts these can also be made into platforms

We can get buckets & lids at low cost , they are filled with rocks & soil available on site (no transport / energy use) 

The platform can be removed, when flooding subsides and a smaller flower pot placed on top with a hole in the base. This will match up with a similar hole in the lid or base of the bucket., possibly  allowing water / roots / worms between the two buckets  .

This top will be removed & replaced when the platform is to be put into use, This should preserve the flowers & reuse the bucket / contents, providing an attractive row of flowers / pots .

 Platforms could also be made from flood damaged wood  / metal furniture.

A prototype platform is being made using a 1m wide sheet of metal sided sanswich panel from tata steel / kingspan , strenthened with side beams of plastic composite or wood . connected together with 1m threaded bar 

Firm standing and ixing buckets to the ground 

In sone circumstances the buckets may need to be fixed to the ground. if the weight inside is not heavy enough ot stop movement when walked on 

If the bucket is installed upright a hole could be drilled into the bottom & metal pegs or expanding bolts into concrete / tarmac

If installed on rd pavement . bucket can be upside down with lid on , expanding bolts can be drilled  through side lip & lid into ground , may 2 or 4 ?

on grass / soil the upside dwon bucket can be fastened with L or J shape pegs made from threaded bar , the thread will help stop the pegs coming out of ground, especially if hammered in at an angle 

Flagstones or other footing may be required for buckets to rest on to stop sinking into boggy soft ground

Fixing platforms to bucket tops

Spacers may need to be used between the bucket & platform edge sides.

 This could be by hex / coach / nuts /bolts or threaded bar . the bucket handle holes could perhaps be utilised to hold a trapped nut  

Enquiries are being made to trail this in a local are that is flooded regularly



Most appropriate sizes ar 25 L & 20 L buckets



Relevant sizes of buckets R to L, 25l , 20L 15L 10L 




Saturday, 8 May 2021

Barriers for Deconstruction and Reuse/Recycling of Construction Materials (Across the World)

by the international council for research & innovation in building & construction 2014

 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264671518_Barriers_for_Deconstruction_and_ReuseRecycling_of_Construction_Materials_in_Norway

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Monday, 3 May 2021

Cabinz CIC & The SHELTER & HARDWARE BANK NETWORK are looking for partner groups to start their own 'Emergency Shelter Distribution Centres' (ESDC) or mobile 'Hardware & Fixings Stations'

 As factories have  been closing or downsizing during covid, we have been busy buying material handling and storage equipment at very low cost, to supply a pallet sized package of shelving , steps & trolleys so groups can start their own small hardware distribution point.
 
We are calling these 'Emergency Shelter Distribution Centres' (ESDC) or mobile 'Hardware & Fixings Stations' and it is open to social business or community group for their building s or even shed or garages.
 
If you are a Uk community group, charity or social enterprise and are interested, please get in touch via email at cabinznet@gmail.com  for further details

The aim of these initiatives is to distribute low cost or free fixings & building materials (as funding allows) to allow people on low income to repair or build simple green houses / cloches, insulated home work /storage sheds or animal shelters. We believe these will be greatly needed when furlough ends.    

Many building materials including fixings have greatly increased in price recently. There was an article in the Guardian a few months ago about shortages, the situation may have become worse due to the Suez Canal blockage. 


"Builders are running short of everything from power tools and screws to timber and roof tiles as the gridlock at UK ports holds up crucial deliveries and sets off alarm bells in the run-up to Brexit. "

"Timber is of particular concern (the price is up between 20% and 40% because of supply problems in Scandinavia)... 

As we have not been able to do the markets this year due to covid,  we have been supplying groups by post & online initiatives . 
 
Thankyou to the community groups. charities & small businesses once again for buying at low cost or accepting donated fixings from us this year. 
 
Cabinz have been supplying NCWRP members with 500 kg crates and other fixings orders.
Those supplied recently have been We're eco in Somerset, Northampton wood recycling and members in Edinburgh,Glasgow & E.Sussex
 
We still have several million fixings in stock and would like to work further with charities, & small biz, perhaps in conjunction with our shelving and insulated floor / wall panels, we have recently purchased that could form a hardware dept. with other groups to encourage a repair culture & low cost shelter building. 
We have a thousand new & used castor wheels in stock at low cost if you want to make them mobile.
 
 With partners. we have also been running trials of hardware sections in furniture reuse charities & supplied fixings supply initiaitives in scrap stores.

A few months ago we offered NCWRP members 6000m of very low cost insulated wall sandwich panels for reuse from demolition, we still have access to this material, from suppliers who are keen to support us.      .  

There was particular interest from suppliers of refrigerated rooms for food banks
 to reuse the panels. 
 
My Pics taken yesterday 2-5-21 in B&Q in Rhyl show many shelves in the screw & hardware dept. empty. When asked. a member of staff said it was due to the recent Suez canal blockage 
 



 Please share this intiative. 

Regards Paul Ridley Volunteer Coordinator 
Cabinz cic & The Shelter & Hardware Bank Network (SAHBN)


 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

Approx. 240 kg of new & unused screws, nails, nuts, bolts & other fixings donated by Cabinz Cic & SAHBN to the charity Tools with a Mission for their low income recipients in the Uk & Third World


Thanks to the Ipswich TWAM team for a quick reply & the Chichester volunteers for their collection. 

Also, a big thankyou to our volunteers for sorting and storing the fixings

We hope to work closer with charities & community groups that distribute tools to help build shelters for people , animals,  food & possessions 

Thank you again to local business TIMCO for the supply of high quality fixings. They are of great use to charities, community groups and small makers

Pics of some of the donations from Cabinz & SAHBN







 

First Prototype of a Low cost Danish Trolley Type Mini Green House on Wheels from Off Cuts & Reused Materials for Home Growing Fruit and Veg


 This first rough prototype is designed to go against a wall

 Reusing new off cuts & over runs of composite plastics (that would normally be landfilled) to make a mobile trolley with a shelf and a raised bed on the base . The opaque grp sheets are very strong & flexible, so peels back from the middle to form opening doors.

 The protruding sides, shields seperately floor mounted potted fruit /veg from the wind    

 It is designed be as low cost as possible, the sharp edge of the grp sheet has been covered with slit used bicycle inner tubes, available free from most bike shops 

The base is rot reistant riveted aluminium frame box section with buffalo board treated plywood floor

 

 


 

 


 

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Simple off grid Cabin that anyone can build & afford (Video)

Simple off grid Cabin that anyone can build & afford  

 

Part 1 https://youtu.be/bOOXmfkXpkM via @YouTube  

 

 (Part 2).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2ejcEddQt8

Cabinz cic & SAHBN aid disaster recovery by donating fixings & selling low cost roofing after Ellesmere Port timber yard business fire

  Cabinz CIC & the Shelter and Hardware Bank Network aid disaster recovery by donating fixings & selling low cost roofing after Elle...