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Chances are you won’t see this construction method used on McMansions just yet, so it seems more fitting a method for experimental, non-traditional house-buildings/builders- US! I’m talking about tin-can siding for YOUR cabin or camp….
I”ve been seeing more and more use of cans in this fashion, and have dabbled in the “art” a tiny bit myself. I’ve actually been stockpiling some cans which I might try to incorporate into this summer’s/2011’s “Deathwish-paced, hands on, tiny-shelter/house building workshop here in Massachuisetts, which I’ll be hosting (alongside my brother Dustin). This’ll probably be one of the few workshops where you might see something like this employed for the sake of experimentation and open-mindedness,
Anyway, the use of aluminum cans for siding is pretty self-explanatory and the most basic rule to keep in mind is “The bigger the can, the fewer you’ll need.” Large tomato cans, “Juicy-Juice” and one-gallon cans work best, but as you can see in these photos just about anything will do- it just might take a little more patience. Simply hammer the cans flat, attach them with roofing nails/siding nails, and you’re good to go! Don’t forget tar paper or building paper as an underlayment though!
Yeah, I suppose rule #2 should also be “Keep them fingers away from the cans when a’smashin’ ’em”. I’ve found that a swiftly descending boot always works just as well too and can sometimes save your arm/back.
For more info/details on the house shown, check out http://mosaik.wordpress.com/2007/06/15/a-can-do-house-a-new-twist-to-aluminum-siding/#comment-16338 This blog is pretty solid too….
Note: I know some of you might be thinking “Good god, that individual could have redeemed those thousands of cans to acquire the funds sufficient to purchase a few slices of toast! What a fool! Do keep in mind that these days, sadly, there are a great many canned-drinks out there (many energy drinks and iced teas) that do not carry a deposit, and therefore are simply thrown away- DO try to collect and incorporate these- they’ll do us no good in a crowded landfill.
-Derek “Deek” Diedricksen
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