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We received some drawings today
These drawings are courtesy of Dr. Owen Geiger at www.GRISB.org These are drawings for making the block box press. We have photos and a material list in an earlier post below. Continue to read will take you to more drawings by … Continue reading
We did a compression test today
We don’t have access to an academics lab to do testing on the blocks. So I did the next best thing… Click on the “more” for photos and more dialog..
All we lack is finishing up
After the camera fiasco the other day we finally found another camera. This after noon I made another block and feel we have the one we want now. It isn’t perfect and will still need some tweeking to make it … Continue reading
One of the other ideas out there
Builders Without Borders is proposing using baled rice straw for housing in Haiti. http://builderswithoutborders.org/HAITI/Haiti_Proposal.pdf http://builderswithoutborders.org/HAITI/BWB_HaitiStrawbaleH2.pdf Compare that to our plastic building blocks.
Another day in paradise
Before we bumped the table and the camera fell, fatal screw up on its part….
Good News and Bad News
The bad news is the original press has some issues. One of the problems is the sides are vertical and that makes getting the block out of the press difficult. Another is it is difficult to remove the trash from … Continue reading
We Made Our First Plastic Block Today
Of course the very first thing we did was test it for supporting weight. It was quite a day.
More Work on the Block Box
I’m not sure just how much pressure we’ll be using to compress the blocks. So I’m spending extra time reinforcing the far end. I would hate to be wrapped up in making a block and have the end fall off. … Continue reading
We started the block box today
The day started with a visit to the Republic recycling center in Plano Texas. There we loaded up some number 3 to number 7 plastics for testing the block box, aka bottle brick machine. Tommy Kirk is the manager of … Continue reading
A bottle brick is a building block made from empty plastic bottles. It is a form of recycling plastic bottles. The bottles are compressed together in a mold. Depending upon the pressure used to compress the plastic bottles in the … Continue reading