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Who thinks of stuff like this? Incredible!

The thing is that there are lots of high costs associated with furniture in our society that people who are observant can avoid without sacrificing any quality whatsoever. Every overpriced piece of merchandise is that way because it is hyped with lots of snazzy ads to consumers. Office chairs are just one example of people paying too much because they are lulled into buying brand. Car seats have far more form and function engineering designed into them simply because we-the-people paid for Government funded research for a seat we are at times forced to spend hours in, and will be in if the car crashes. WE paid for that quality plus comfort. Why pay more? ;D While it is true that most of them aren't Recaro seat quality, almost all of them are a better deal than a typical office chair, both in price and comfort.

There are lots of super cheap, high quality discarded items out there that can be effectively used for other than the originally intended commercial purpose, thereby saving the person thinking outside of the hype box lots of money.

Here's an idea that occurred to me to save a bundle on a metal roof. The gage on aluminum soda or beer cans is actually thicker, and thus more weather resistant and durable, than typical 16 inch wide standing seam metal roof sections! If a person put a lot of half beer can shells together (see graphic below from a 3D Sketchup file I made), they could have an excellent roof at a very low price.

It's basically the same idea as terracotta roof tiles , but in aluminum, which is much, much lighter AND better able to handle impacts from storm debris without cracking or breaking.

The main costs will be in labor (in addition to the lengthy process of obtaining discarded soda or beer cans, even for a 1,100 sq, ft. small roof like mine, it would take weeks for one person to cut the cans to correctly sized half shells and prepare them with the right interlocking bends), extra hardware (screws, nuts, bolts, washers) and the all weather aluminum adhesive (E-6000 has a good reputation) needed to keep the overlapping joints from shell to shell from leaking. I'm too old to put it in practice but a young person with lots of energy may want to give it a shot.

Here's a graphic of my proposals for my 19 year old roof (that went another summer without being replaced  :P). Maybe next year...

« Last Edit: December 06, 2019, 04:57:36 pm by AGelbert »
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