Thursday 30 June 2016

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

  Following on from my previous "Prototype For Adjustable Height Footing Base Plate & Leg for Small & Light OutBuilding / Shelter Mk 1 & Mk 2. (untested) "

Mk. 3 with screwed bass plate. Base plate painted white,  screwed with galv. self tapping screws & sealed underneath with  Lumberjack - EverBuild  Pu Glue (5m-45m)

 Underside view with slats to water drainage or to allow a bit of sinkage

Variation / improvement on Mk 1  (Mk 1A)

Wider base, connecting strip around edge, Back side is not trimmed to make it even as it is hidden under shelter & this saves time / energy
 Side view

 Underneath view

 Mk.4 It can be filled with soil or water filled bottles for weight.

If required, all footings can be drilled & have several 50-100cm rebar inserted at 30-45 degree angle for extra grip on soil

 metal plate turned & screwd / glued at angle to cover more base strips

Mk. 4 underside

Tuesday 14 June 2016

Re-use Surplus Off Cut / Waste Concept & Wedgeblock Shelter Entered into "What Design Can Do" Competition by UNHCR & IKEA

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WedgeBlock Shelter using Cladbeam (Metalclad) Frame by the Cabinz Project

by Paul Ridley on 05/18/2016 04:22 PM BST
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Cabinz Project
Please describe your idea in max 250 words:
A WedgeBlock Shelter made from the CladBeam (aka MetalClad) construction method, builds on UbuntuBloxHexayurtGridBeamEarthship technology.

To solve the refugee shelter crisis, there are not enough funds. Re-use is essential, combining used with new materials for environmental benefit.

Wood , grp or recycled plastic planks are clad in a fire resistant metal or fibreglass skin, like drywall lining or purlins to make a frame. When under load, the core is compressed & skin is in tension.
Frames can be bolted like GridBeam. Shelters can be expanded, or relocated.

Metal skin SIPS panels are filled with foam onsite & attached to frames. Possibly filled with bleached local polystyrene or shredded plastic, making foam go further, forming Insulated panels & beams with a fire resistant skin


1. CladBeam Frames make shelters with rebar footings , walls   & mezzanine or 1st storey.

2. SIPS panels with no frame, for single storie buildings
3. Metal profiled sheets sprayed onsite on the inside with insulating foam

Heavy Footings are an alternative to rebar on rocky terrain. They may also be used as thermal mass energy storage combining a water pipe system on roof.

We have designed a modular unit for a refugee shelter here
For DIY SIPS, plastic coated corrugated metal sheets are transported flat with an IBC of PIR foam that is sprayed on site reducing bulky transport.

Instead of a twin wall SIP (needed to contain waste polystyrene like Ubuntublox ) , a single sheet may be used and inside can be sprayed with fire resistant foam.

outside pic
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sketchup pic inside pic of prototype

Saturday 11 June 2016

Prototype For Adjustable Height Footing Base Plate & Leg for Small & Light OutBuilding / Shelter Mk 1 & Mk 2. (untested)

MK 1


To design a footing  base plate with adjustable height. This is to cope with uneven ground or a flood risk area


Using a scaffolding 4 tonne  Base Jack (cost £6.5) , turned upside down & inserted into a tube clamp hand rail holder. Then carrying on into a hole, so end is inserted into soft ground.

The base plate is made of 2 layers of cross facing composite door offcuts (top & bottom)  nailed gunned with 75mm nails & glued with Everlast Lumberjack Pu glue (5 min cure)

 A longer section of rebar is inserted as well. to a deeper depth.

Seperate 10-12mm rebar rods may be inserted at an angle if required. Alternatively a concrete fence post beam can be placed on top of the base plate. The concrete beam could be used as thermal mass, perhaps with a heat harvesting fluid pipe system from the roof.

 The base or frame of shelter can be screwed. or preferably bolted to base jack via 4 holes

Side view. This would normally be filled by base sections

Close up of tube clamp, which would be bolted to base plate


Mk. 2 

30cm long 48.3mm Dia. aluminium  scaffolding pole with m24mm nuts inserted with hammer / hydraulic press at bothe end. 

3 x  scaffolding base plates have their centre removed with a hammer, and the bolts are threaded though nuts ateither end 

Shows top with base plate removed

 Side view of base (made of composite door off cuts from top & bottom of door)

Underside view

Top down review without top plaste


Shows nut hammered into tube. Although a tight fit, edges have been bashed over to  stop nut from coming out (testing will determine if thsi is necessary )
Side view showing bolt side. This will be covered with door off cut in situ