Emerson White wrote:
I strongly suspect that it would be easier and safer to remelt the bottles and make roofing tiles out of them.
Emerson White wrote:
My only experience with sintered glass is in glassware as a filter, it leaks water just like a sieve . It there anything that could be done to make it waterproof for a tile?
Emerson White wrote:Also is the only way to form glass the blowing process? I'm envisioning glass being poured out onto a hot mold, either flat or gently curved, then having two nail holes formed into it while still hot.
Might be a problem in areas which get frequent hail..sometimes the hail here will do a lot of damage. How easy would this be to fix? OTOH glass bottles are likely a lot tougher than normal window glass.
Another question might be about if the rounded bits of glass might act as a sort of solar prisms and get really really hot. If not, and you were just looking for a roof, and weren't really concerned with trying to capture the light, you could perhaps bed them in something like papercrete which would help a lot with the insulation questions. I think I would want to try this somewhere away from anything flammable before I did a whole roof with it though.
You could maybe do a roof the same way they do walls, with the whole bottles embedded in something (?)with the necks down to stop them falling out. If only the bottoms were in the sun then the question of maybe setting fire to your building shouldn't come up. Repair might still be a hassle though.
I wonder if the bottle necks would make good electric fence insulators. Hang the mouth of the bottle on a nail and wrap wire around the neck.
The bottoms could be taped together and used as building blocks.
Robert Ray wrote:
Not bottles but a glass roof with heat scavenginging capabilities.
as for rain-water, rust is organic, paint chemicals are not-
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