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  • #1261
    Avatar of Farmer
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    It is stronger by weight than steel.
    It comes in long cylinders divided into neat, handy segments.
    If you drill a hole in the top of a segment you can fill it with sand. That’s ballast.
    If you drill a hole near the top of the segment it fills up with water.
    If you drill a hole at the bottom of a segment it would act as a pneumatic shock absorber and cushion up & down movement.
    If you don’t drill a hole it is a sturdy, little packet of buoyancy
    You could in fact build an entire spar structure out of nothing but bamboo and twine.
    I doubt it would hold up a huge platform but a single family spar dwelling 5, 6 meters off the surface of the water would be easy.
    There are places in the world where local bamboo experts would be willing to bend it all into place and put it together for what I think are incredibly low prices.
    Properly treated it might last as long as wood hulls do.
    Thoughts?
    #10167
    Avatar of Altaica
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    Why don’t we just make it out of water. :P

    But serously. I’m looking into Bamboo for my nonspar platform.

    • Untreated bamboo deteriorates within 2 or 3 years, but with correct harvesting and preservative treatment, its life expectancy can increase about 4 times.

    Properly treated it might last as long as wood hulls do.

    You are basing that on what exactly? Wishful thinking?

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    #10174
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    Altaica wrote:

    You are basing that on what exactly? Wishful thinking?

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    No wishful thinking in the “Dreams” subforum?

    I said “might” based on the fact that wood and bamboo are similar structures composed of virtually identical materials. If one lasts 100 years and the other only six or eight more research needs to be done.

    My goal is to construct three or four of these rickity death traps and then pray to God for some ethnic cleansing or other political atrocity to drive starving masses into the sea. Most likely it will be in South East Asia.

    Then they will take up residence all to close to ClubStead(R). The men can wash dishes in the hotels while the better fed females add an exotic flavor the the resorts infamous cathouses. The community as a whole will petition unsucessfully to be allowed to float inside the breakwall.

    The overall effect is to cast the shadow of squallor and spread sexually transmitted disease over this shiny new future.

    At least that is my dream.

    Worst case: Bamboo is perfect for temporary structures. Scaffolding comes to mind.

    #10175
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    Farmer wrote:
    I said “might” based on the fact that wood and bamboo are similar structures composed of virtually identical materials. If one lasts 100 years and the other only six or eight more research needs to be done.

    Monocot wood

    Structural material that roughly (in its gross handling characteristics) resembles dicot wood is produced by a number of monocot plants, and these also are usually called wood. With all this material, the structure and composition of the structural material is quite different from ordinary wood

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    #10179
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    http://www.timbersilwood.com/

    This stuff is water proof, fire resistant, bug proof,… Beats CCA and any other treated wood in Spades! First, it’s pressure treated, to infuse the Borax/ Silica, then Kilned to convert the infused chemicals to glass…

    Later,

    J.L.F.

    If you can’t swim with the big fish, stick to the reef

    #10207
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    “Monocot wood”

    Wow. You actually cut and pasted the wikipedia entry at me. I am so ashamed. Lurking moar now..

    JLF: interesting process. I guess it is done in an Oxygen free enviroment.

    #10208
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    Somehow there is a way to take advantage of it being so convienently shaped.

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