The Scrap House

Post posting. | July 16, 2009

Sharon Sullivan, The Dare County School Relations Coordinator, was kind enough to write an article featuring our house and the story therein. It’s currently on the school’s website, and I believe it will be in a couple local papers as well. Thanks Sharon! Check it out if you care to:


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  1. I love the tiny house concept. While travelling recently, I noticed the numerouse pieces of tires left from blow-outs, and wondered if there was some way to recycle this free abundant resource into something useable for the house.

    1) melt them down and mold them into roof shingles 2)melt them into flat sheets useable as insulation or a solid moisture barrier on the bottom of the trailer. 3) all kinds of things

    Comment by Virginia Ward — July 19, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    • There is a lot of potential in those. However, I think the amount of energy required to melt them sufficiently to mold them might be the main limitation. I know they do grind them up and use them as a safer mulch in playgrounds, and I’ve also seen then melted and used as sidewalks. The latter is really cool, and the sidewalk has a certain amount of spring in it when you’re walking.

      I think the other think they use them for, if they are going to be melted, is new tires. There’s a pretty big market for re-treading truck tires. Either way, new uses are always good. You could almost use them as-is for shingle, by just cutting little half-round pieces and nailing them flat.

      Actually… here, the power of google… Very cool.

      Comment by austinminiman — August 9, 2009 @ 9:43 am

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.







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