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Ways to reuse old tires as posted by the ThriftyFun community.
By Becki in Indiana
"The surface of used tires has been subjected to years of exposure to oxygen by high speed rotation in the atmosphere. This exposure causes a phenomenon called oxidation. Oxidation 'interlocks' the surface molecules with oxygen and 'out-gassing' (fly-away molecules of synthetic rubber) is considerably limited, if not stopped completely. It's the new tires that stink/outgas, they just need to "rust" for a while, before they are suitable for use as a building material."
By Jennie in MT
By Canadian Momma
Here is a site I found to make the sandals.
By Debra in Colorado
This is a guide about making a tire snowman. Old tires can be repurposed to make a fun snowman for an outdoor holiday decoration.
This is a guide about using tires for rammed earth project. When tires are no longer safe on the roadways, they can be repurposed for a building project.
This is a guide about making tire planters. Old tires have been used for years to make inexpensive and creative planters.
Whether you are trying to dispose of your old tires or using them in a project, you may be looking for a way to easily cut them to suit your purpose. This is a guide about cutting tires.
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Is it possible to take an old tire and make it into a bird bath? If so what would be the steps to take in making one?
Some people make bird baths, veggie gardens, etc., from old car tires, however, tires contain extremely toxic chemicals that can leach into the water of a bird bath and into garden soil-e.g. arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, chromium, manganese, mercury, lead, sulfur, and zinc. I wonder about the poor birds who have happily used a bird bath, only to become ill and die.
I agree with DCA. If you really care enough about the birds to want to make a bath for them, use your imagination and come up with something safer. There are articles here on ThriftyFun for making containers from Hypertufa. You might like the craft and I'm sure your bird bath would be much prettier than one made from a tire.
If you do make one from Hypertufa, be sure to post a picture of it. We'd all like to see it!
I would like to know how to use car tyres in another way?
We use them as a base for stacking lumber to be air dried. Also if you have a way to cut them and drill holes in them, sections can be used as planters, esp. for annuals. Cutting steel belted tires can be a problem. I have also seem them made into outdoor mats, but I don't know how they are cut. Makes a great door mat though as they are water proof and very tough. There was a man at Cincinnati's Summer Fair who strung colored beads between the mat strips, but I haven't seen him there for a couple of years.
I dont know where you live but if you have very hot summers, you can make a solar oven with a tyre to actually cook food - for free - by just using the sun. There should be plenty of instructions on the internet.
I have 4 used car tires and am trying to find a way to use them. I am thinking of maybe something like for a craft or yard ornament. Any ideas? Thank you.
Do you have any children or grandchildren? A tire swing is the ultimate thing for kids. They would love it. Another idea would be that you could paint the tire, bright colors, designs or whatever you would like and make it into a flower bed.
My suggestion isn't a craft, but a gardening use.
Hubby cut old tires down one side, so you could open them up, then placed around base of trees. They will hold the mulch in without letting it get all over the place, and provide a bumper to keep the mower, weed eater from harming the trunks.
How do I make a parrot planter from old tires?
Just stack them & put composted manure in them, good luck.
I had no idea what you were talking about so I googled "parrot tire plant" and behold, pictures came up of tires being cut to look like parrots and having plants placed inside them! What a cool idea! So I have no idea how to do that except I would pick a planter that looked the most desirable and cut away. Try to see how that tire artist did it and just go for it. Good luck!
My question regards cutting radial tires. How thick is the rubber on an automobile radial tire? I am interested not in the sidewall thickness, but where the road threads are.
That would be depending on the tire brand, size and type, as well as how many plys it has. My husbands radial tires on his truck are much thicker than those on my car, as they are a heavier duty tire. Get the info off your tire sidewall and call and ask a tire store.
How can I remove the rubber smell from tires so that my son can use them for decoration in his bedroom? The theme is a car/truck shop.
By Karen K.
I read some of the tips that Sandi found, but, in my opinion, the easiest thing to do would be to find old tires that have been sitting out in fresh air and sunlight for some time. They will smell less.
I'm trying to find someone who can make one of these planters that are made from a tire. This is a parrot shaped planter and is painted in very cheerful colors. If you do these, or know anyone who does please let me know what you charge. I need one before Christmas. I have a picture of what this looks like and can email it to you.