Posts Tagged ‘DIY project’

Redco HDPE “Play” Board

Posted: February 21, 2017 in HDPE
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A versatile product to highlight for the DIY community. Most of you will know about HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic which is used in countless applications including many products people use in their daily lives. Redco “Play”(ground) board is a specific type of HDPE which adds several benefits over the natural variety of HDPE.

Firstly, the product is available in several colors which itself differentiates it from other commonly available sheet/rod/tube plastics which can be tough to find in colors other than white or black:

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In addition, Redco Play offers other benefits over HDPE natural sheet such as:

  • UV-stability (for outdoor applications)
  • Orange peel surface (desirable for some applications where a smooth surface isn’t beneficial)
  • Color is impregnated into the sheet and won’t degrade quickly
  • Impact resistant
  • Wear resistant
  • Easy to cut, drill and fabricate

The product is not stocked at our branches but can usually be brought in within 1-2 weeks. Price before freight costs, taxes, etc is about $12-$15 USD a square foot depending on thickness of sheet. If you have interest in this product for your application and would like to discuss please contact Redwood Plastics.

Tabletop made from green Redco Play.

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This is a really neat project with materials available from any hardware store. We found a video of a “do-it-yourselfer” (Alan) in Texas on YouTube who made a simple, yet rugged, sprinkler out of PVC pipe. Really not much is needed here in the way of materials and you likely could get it all in one stop to the hardware store: PVC pipe and caps, a female socket for the hose, the sprinkler, and PVC glue. The nice thing about Alan’s design is that it works better than many traditional sprinklers. You know, the ones that oscillate back and forth with separate streams of water? In this case, the sprinkler seems to even cover 360 degrees of space providing excellent coverage. If it’s an inexpensive build that works better than store bought alternatives, you know you’ve got a good idea on your hands!

 

“DIY” PVC Karts

Posted: December 31, 2015 in PVC
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We’re always looking up creative ways people use plastics in their home projects and one application we stumbled on was the “PVC Karts”. These are “Go Kart” type vehicles, usually with an electrical or pedal motor, that are made out of a frame of PVC piping. The elaborate designs these inventors can make out of what is essentially just pipe and joiners is awesome! What’s even better is that the DIY community involved in these karts seem so willing to share their information and designs. We found a Youtube video on one such kart that seems to rip along really quick and also a few websites we’ve found that seem to have useful information.

As always when we share information like this we have to put the disclaimer that we are not recommending or endorsing any of these applications. They could be unsafe, so always, do your own research and build at your own risk.

A couple websites:

http://robertklee10.tripod.com/shock_pictures.htm

http://www.pvcplans.com/kartcross.htm

A Youtube movie: