Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Upcycling tarps

Welcome to the latest blog on the construction of the Cabin in the Woods.  Due to the high costs of building it is always necessary to look for ways to save money.  Recently my father has passed on some wisdom to me about where to find free and useful items (he showed me how to upcycle).

Up until last week I have been purchasing EPDM pond liner to cover my lumber stacks as they air dry after being milled.  The purpose of covering the stacks of lumber with the EPDM is to protect the stacks from the elements.  Rain will keep the lumber from drying to acceptable moisture content and sun will cause checking, cracking and warpage.  The downside of using EPDM pond liner to cover the stacks is that it's expensive, becomes hot in the sun (its black), and it tends to be really heavy.

Covering the lumber with EPDM tarps is expensive, they get very hot in the sun, and they weigh enough to make me dread to move them.
My father, sensing my distress at having to purchase more pond liner, suggested that I ask for the used lumber tarps at the lumber store.  Every load of lumber in the lumber store comes wrapped in these.  As it turns out Slegg Lumber in Langford had a huge stack of lightweight, white, large, and very free lumber tarps available to customers with a use for them.  Thanks to Slegg Lumber and thanks dad!

The new upcycled lumber tarps were very free, cool because they are white, and very easy to move around.
As construction progresses on The Cabin in the Woods, these tarps will no doubt find many other uses....not the least of which is to cover and protect the 6x12 fir bond beams on top of the rammed earth walls while the truss and roof assemblies are being installed.  The tarps will be upcycled again!

Please share this site on your social media and feel free to contact me via email or comments with any questions you may have regarding this blog or The Cabin in the Woods.  Next week I will showcase the operation of two tools I consider crucial to rammed earth construction.

The new and improved mixer is able to handle a wider range of aggregate and is lifted with the skid steer eliminating the laborious step of getting rammed earth from the mixer into a skid steer bucket.  There will be more to come in the next blog on this attachment for the skid steer.

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