Rubber / Guides

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...Rubber roofs: A great use for old tires and with high recycled content. Ground up rubber from tires is melted, and formed to look like many other shingle designs. Pros: Very durable, very low maintenance, available in a wide variety of styles and colours. Cons: Higher cost for installation, but like so many...

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...rubber from the molding process, so I found it helpful to carefully trim this off with a very sharp knife. Be very careful with sharp knives people. The rubber sealing washers I had bought also had the size embossed in the rubber face on one side, so I decided to fit them with this part into the cup leaving the flat ...

The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

...rubber and glue for natural and renewable materials wherever possible. HOW WILL CROWDFUNDING HELP THIS PROJECT? The crown jewel of the Elegant Farm design is the white oak whiskey barrel. Purchasing a barrel yourself and having shipped to your door would cost you roughly 100$. Through the power of crowd funding, ho...

Smart sewage backup device
Plumbing and water heaters

Sewage backup flood prevention and water leak notification on your device - our products of the month

...rubber boots. How does this differ from a conventional check valve? A check valve will protect buildings from sewage backflow, but debris can accumulate in those systems that prevent a perfectly tight seal in case of backflow. Check valves have a removable top that can be removed to clear debris, but have you ever ...

Faulty Toilet Flappers Leak a Lot of Water - here's how to replace them
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

Faulty toilet flappers are the leading cause of leaking or running toilets, here's how to fix them

...rubber, leaking water and ready for replacement © Rj Pierson What I realized with our toilet flapper, apart from it's very old and perished condition, was that it was warped, so I could see the outer edge of the valve seat past the edge of the flapper. This was probably a good part of the reason why our toilet wa...

Using caulk to make a seal, but which type is best?
Air and vapour barriers

Which is the best caulk or sealant for caulking windows and bathrooms etc?

...rubber caulks are a synthetic rubber sealant that bond to most surfaces, but it is particularly well-suited for metal and masonry. It can be used with joints up to 12mm wide and allows for 5-10% joint movement. It has excellent weathering properties and is quite durable, with a life expectancy of up to 10 years (longer...

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...rubber boots to barbeque your dinner on an otherwise lovely evening. Permeable paver stones allow water to flow down between the joints of stones and into the sub-base drainage layers where water is stored until it is eventually absorbed into the soil below. Unlike pavement and poured concrete, the natural expansio...

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...rubber boots might not be the best adaptation strategy, they are now being sold in tourist shops in Venice where many squares regularly flood now. Other strategies such as building and repairing shorelines to protect some costal developments, relocating others, and in the case of new development, avoiding flood prone...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...rubber or plastic treated with an ultraviolet (UV) light inhibitor to extend the life of the panels. Because of their inexpensive parts and simple design, unglazed collectors are usually less expensive than glazed collectors. These unglazed systems can even work for indoor pools in cold climates if the system is design...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...rubber roof shingles - Eco-friendly Green Building, or not? 4. Water conservation: The Earth already has a natural system for treating and storing rainwater, though out of necessity Reynolds reinvented that system using plastic pipes, filters, plants and huge plastic cisterns. Kudos to him, that was a brilliant...