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Bottle Wall building

Post: #155119 Jez
Tue May 26, 2009 3:39 pm

Hi,

Has anyone attempted to build a bottle wall? We have a tiny front garden in our Victorian terrace. It has a over-large privet hedge at the moment, which is blocking light and taking up space from the herbs my girlfriend wants to grow there. I thought a low bottle wall would be just the thing. Probably about 3 foot high, and two sides, about 2 metres each. Any tips/links? Anyone tried it before?

Cheers,

Jez

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155554 dave45
Sun May 31, 2009 2:35 pm

First collect your bottles !
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bottle_wall
the Heineken WOBO sounds a great idea.... in fact good design of glass packaging should include a second-use after the original contents are consumed (who else uses Nutella jars as wine-glasses/whisky tumblers?)

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155577 CyberPaddy66
Sun May 31, 2009 6:33 pm

dave45 wrote:who else uses Nutella jars as wine-glasses/whisky tumblers?


I tried collecting the Simpson range of glasses but gave up in the end, Nuttella is just too expensive these days but we are using the glasses that our scented candles came in (from IKEA) as tumblers :D
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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155640 Jez
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:13 pm

Yeah, I was thinking of using jam jars, as they are the right width, and there are always loads of them kicking around. I was also thinking of putting the top row in upright and growing plants out of them. Likewise, wall plants out of the ones in the side.

I was hoping someone would be able to help me with lime morter mixes and the like - also, foundations, rebars etc.

Thanks!

Jez

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155646 John Headstrong
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:37 pm

look up "earthship" , many of them have walls made from bottles and/or jars.

from what I have read and watched, you are basically making a "matrix of cement and the bottles are like little bricks."

(I have just paraphrased this video @ approx 1.10)

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155651 Jez
Mon Jun 01, 2009 1:16 pm

John Headstrong wrote:look up "earthship" , many of them have walls made from bottles and/or jars.

from what I have read and watched, you are basically making a "matrix of cement and the bottles are like little bricks."

(I have just paraphrased this video @ approx 1.10)


Thanks John. Unfortunately I am at work and youtube is blocked, but I will have a look later.

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155691 dave45
Mon Jun 01, 2009 8:04 pm

how many earthships are there in northern England?

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155713 John Headstrong
Mon Jun 01, 2009 9:39 pm

dave45 wrote:how many earthships are there in northern England?



None that I know of. There is one in Fife and one in Brighton but neither are homes, both are public spaces. I know that the Brighton lot where applying for planning permission for a cluster of earthships, not sure what has happened to that. and I there was one that I know at least started to be built in Ireland, but they have not updated their site for well over a year.


http://www.sci-scotland.org.uk/index.shtml
http://www.lowcarbon.co.uk/

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #155863 dave45
Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:54 pm

I wonder how you design an earthship when you can have 6 weeks of solid rain and no sign of the sun. Natural energy density can be pretty low here, and novel building materials will be tested by continuous rain.

I still like the Heineken idea .. an opportunity waiting to happen!

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #156052 CyberPaddy66
Thu Jun 04, 2009 3:12 pm

Just watched all of the Earthship video's on Youtube including the KingHorn Scotland one and I've come to the decision that when I win the lottery I'm having an Earthship home built for me :D
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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #156389 mybarnconversion
Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:58 am

Just watched all of the Earthship video's on Youtube including the KingHorn Scotland one and I've come to the decision that when I win the lottery I'm having an Earthship home built for me :D


The trouble in the UK with earthships is building reg's & planners - you can build them, but not live in ...

Might need to go to New Mexico or somewhere with a similar climate ;)

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #156412 Derry
Mon Jun 08, 2009 11:40 am

dave45 wrote: (who else uses Nutella jars as wine-glasses/whisky tumblers?)


isnt that what theyre for? haha. i use a roadrunner nutella jar for rolling my fimo [cause i dont gots a rolling pin..]

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #171146 Willox Perez
Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:43 am

hi jezz You have nice idea of preparing wall of bottles.I was having a same problem like you.Now i will try for the ways i got in this forum

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Re: Bottle Wall building

Post: #171164 Colin
Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:01 pm

A bottle wall can be used for a planter which provides a few added bonuses
http://www.sunnyjohn.com/photos2/tours/ ... age024.htm


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