Saturday, 28 November 2015
Sunday, 15 November 2015
Cabinz have been working with a large composite door manufacturer for over a year.
We have re-used approx, 25-30 tonnes of materials that would have become waste without this service & been land filled, as it could not be recycled, being mixed materials of upvc & grp fibreglass. ( See pic 1) These have been used by folks for uses such as insulation & husky dog kennels.
We believe we may have invented a new load bearing product, we are calling " METALCLAD"
Door side off cut strips are made of a composite of a solid upvc core with a grp fibreglass skin on 2 or 3 sides.
In our research, we have discovered that they fit comfortably within dry wall metal c stud / i-stud & tracking of 48 / 50mm, 92/94mm & 146 / 148mm. We have experimented with various configurations. This may possibly count as a new invention.
There are a few millimetres spare to allow for gluing or siliconing of materials. With a few screws, this forms a very strong beam upright, as the c stud is in tension & the upvc / grp, is in compression, exploiting the benefits of both materials.
They are 44-45mm thick, 2015mm long & from 5mm to 40mm thick. They are strong , yet flexible and are an off cut from a door that meets half hour fire regs, so reasonably fire resistant. The grp can be easily nail gunned together or c stud & core can be screwed.
By overlapping & gluing / nailing / screwing the 2m lengths they can be extended to greater lengths as required.
We also recently completed tests where they were left out in all weathers & sunlight for over a yr, they did not appear to degrade, de-laminate or be attacked by rodents / insects. We are building another garage sized structure next week for further testing.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to buy strips to make metalclad (metal c stud & tracking can be bought locally from building suppliers)
Paul Ridley, co-ordinator Cabinz project
Tel 0743 2315470
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