101 uses for old car tyres

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Post: #21141 Stonehead
Sun May 28, 2006 8:08 pm

Anything up to 20in would be best for pig huts, steps and retaining walls.

With a pig hut, you'd want something like this (seem from above), stacked about five deep with an iron roof over a wooden frame:

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That's 90 tyres! But it gives interior dimensions of roughly 8ft long by 5ft deep, which is about right for two sows or up to half a dozen weaners.

The tyre and exhaust place I use had hundreds of tyres - enough to build three huts and still leave some for other jobs. It's daft when the law prevents recycling and reuse.

Thanks for asking.

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Post: #21144 ina
Sun May 28, 2006 8:21 pm

For a "large" building like a hut I suppose it would be better to have them the same size... Well, I don't think we have that many - and they are any size from tractor to small car! But I'm sure I could smuggle out a carload, even without bothering the boss, if you needed half a dozen for some steps or so...

Will get back to you when I'm going up north next time.
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Post: #22562 gideon1
Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:44 am

If it is legal to have a fish trap you can "lace" the rim together(nail it) and cut a hole in the outside(@3inchs)(2 1/2 works better for smaller fish). Catfish can swim in but not out easily. Tie a rope to it and check daily. You may want to "bait" the area with table scraps. We used to keep fish traps that kept us in fresh fish daily. We learned that the edge needed to be left in the air to prevent turtles from drowning that got into them. Septic tank leach fields are using coursely ground tires in some areas.
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Post: #24193 Breeze
Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:09 pm

We have some car tyres in the garden, they are all used as planters, I've a stack of 4, planted up with succulents, which I use to put the washing basket on, saves bending when hanging out the washing!

A tractor tyre is used for a round about at our local playarea, DH is fixing it at the moment as the wood has rotted away, I'll try and get a photo when it is fixed. There are also 4 car tyres up there that the kids use as goal posts, or just play with them.
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Post: #24194 Shirley
Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:15 pm

Breeze wrote:A tractor tyre is used for a round about at our local playarea, DH is fixing it at the moment as the wood has rotted away, I'll try and get a photo when it is fixed.


Would love to see that pic.. sounds like a great idea.
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Sat Aug 05, 2006 6:07 pm

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Post: #29219 Wombat
Sat Aug 05, 2006 11:57 pm

Good link Shirl!

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Post: #38860 Chocobed
Mon Oct 30, 2006 3:43 pm

A lot of people on my site use them for forcing rhubarb as I hope to soon. Coincidently, there is a small garage on the approach road to the site that has a stack of old tyres that seems to vary in size depending on the growing season...hehehehe :mrgreen:

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Re: 101 uses for old car tyres

Post: #156371 binclintonusa
Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:57 am

I've checked the regulations, most of my uses are illegal as the tyres are now regarded as waste and as a registered holding I'm supposed to dispose of waste properly. :salute:

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Post: #156407 Chocobed
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:28 am

A disabled plotholder at my local site has been ejecte after several requests for her to clear her mess up. A mess that included stacks of tyres which she was hoping to use as raised planters. Since then, the site manager has been left with the task of removing several stacks of tyres, which would cost stupid amounts to have removed by a tyredisposal company(yes, they exist!)
One or more of the executive board have even tried to bring in a law that bans any tyre use on any of the local sites. It's getting rediculous! :angryfire:
I started out with nothing and I still have most of it left....

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Post: #157180 sleepyowl
Mon Jun 15, 2009 11:44 am

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