Cardboard as a building material- would it work?

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Cardboard as a building material- would it work?

Post by fearthehat » Thu Dec 29, 2005 7:13 pm

I have been wondering recently about the possibility of using recycled corrugated cardboard as a material for building small structures. At my work we go through vast amounts of the stuff every day, and I have long thought that there had to be some sort of constructive use for it.

I was thinking of something like the following method-

1) Build a frame from something strong (you could probably use rolled up cardboard covered in duct tape)
2) Cover the frame in old boxes, cut into panels. Apply about five layers for thickness.
3) Apply insulation, something like bubble wrap could work.
4) Clad the outer structure with plastic sheeting and cover the joints with duct tape or sealer.

Does anyone think this would work? If you built it sturdy enough it would be both well insulated and waterproof. I guess the main problem would be moisture originating from within the house, but I think you could avoid mould if you put in good ventilation. It might also be possible to treat the cardboard with something, an oil perhaps.

Any thoughts on the idea? I am actually considering trying it out, if only to build, say, a place for my cats to sleep at night.

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hmmm

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Post by crappysurfer2 » Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:32 am

i have tested the cardboard and duct tape, if done right it can be extremely resiliant-----------if your good at design you can make a boat with it............ive seen it

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hmmm

Post by fortified in florida » Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:42 am

Lets say it does work. But wouldn't the fire melt the ducttape and then proceded to burn the cardboard? And as far as boats go I'd think that the tinyest of holes and you would be screwed. My question is what could you build with aol cd's. :lol:

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Re: hmmm

Post by Shmerlin » Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:52 am

Not sure this is what you had in mind but...


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hmmm

Post by fortified in florida » Fri Dec 30, 2005 12:58 am

Lol I doubt the PAW will be the time for art projects :lol:. I was thinking more
of a "What is the clear part made out of". And if one could get enough cd's
then scrap the thin metal of and melt to make windows or such. But I dunno
it was just a thought. Depending on the properties of the melted mass(as far
as density, tensile strength, etc) maybe some one time use spear heads? Or
you could go SOD and throw a lot of them at your foe and hope for the best.
But use as a signaling device might work,....or you could try the infamous
"solar death ray".

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Post by tommygun » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:00 am

In the PAW, what would there be more of, cardboard or wood? :?
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Post by fortified in florida » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:04 am

Depends on where you are. Suburban/ residential areas might have more
available cardboard then wood. Especially near department stores. But then
again shipping crates might be near most of these ares too.

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Post by crappysurfer2 » Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:02 am

i live in a suburban area and there is definetely more wood--there are 2 home depots within walking distance(couple miles)

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Post by TheLastRifleMan » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:51 pm

I have seen cardboard constructs that had held up well. The cardboard had been painted first and then duct tape was used to hold it together.

Several layers of good corregated stuff can by very tough. Custom knife makers use it as a cut testing media. They see how many time they can cut it with a knife before the knife's egde dulls.

If I was forced to use cardboard, I would paint and layer it. Other then that, plywood and particle board abound on the Earth.
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Post by unodiablo » Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:48 pm

When I was a teen, we won a BYO Boat contest w/ a cardboard canoe, painted and duct-taped, like LaRM suggests. We smoked everyone else in the race they held. It promptly fell apart about five minutes after the race was done. The next year we switched to a junked wood pallet and a crapload of milk jugs and juice bottles. We came in 2nd in the race, but with a couple wheels, we used the raft the rest of the summer on the local creek.

The nearby fair has a 'cardboard city' each summer. You're only allowed to make your shelter out of cardboard, tape, and plastic. I never enter, cuz you can't use sticks and string, but I hear people come up with some elaborate shelters that they stay in all weekend.

Cardboard isn't ideal, but it's better than nothing...

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Post by Casew » Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:55 am

unodiablo wrote:The nearby fair has a 'cardboard city' each summer. You're only allowed to make your shelter out of cardboard, tape, and plastic. I never enter, cuz you can't use sticks and string, but I hear people come up with some elaborate shelters that they stay in all weekend.
We did that when I was in Boy Scouts. It made for a huge bonfire. We used cardboard as shielding from heat, standing 15 ft. away.
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Post by Vampire » Tue Jan 17, 2006 7:56 am

You can build with cardboard, and the good news is you don't die if the building collapses, but I wouldn't feel very safe from the zombies though...
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Post by Squirrley » Tue Jan 17, 2006 9:21 pm

i remember some /. story about cardboard houses, they were beign used as emergency shelters for ppl like hurricane/tsunami/earthquake victims. they were made out of lots of carboard laminated together with some plastic stuff on top to keep it dry, and a water storage tank in the bottom to keep it from blowing over... i cant find the link tho sry :(

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