Tire Cutting!

Portia and Sehrish watch as Rosina and Rafi cut the tire in half!

After an unsuccessful first attempt at cutting the tires, the gang rolled up their sleeves, and armed with new material, got to it once again.

We rented a bolt cutter and a sawzall from the Lebel building, and began hacking away once again. At the suggestion of a Masters student, who was hanging around the Lebel building during our work, we fastened the tires as shown in the picture so that it is easier and safer to cut right down the middle. It was a very slow process getting through all of the metal bits embedded in the tire, but we managed to cut at least two full tires.

Later in the week, a few of us met Rod to discuss further options to make the cutting process faster. He showed us how to use the bench saw to cut the tires quickly and smoothly, as the blade is much thicker and runs on a powerful machine.

This upcoming weekend will hold a lot of importance as we test out the correct painting supplies and sealers.

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Progress during Midterm Week!

This week was the midterm presentation week for all the groups in Green Corridor Class. Apart from this, we have a few new things to report with regards to our project: Sidewalk Furniture Design.

Most importantly, we have managed to obtain 21 tires in order to build our public seat. This past Sunday, we drove a van and a car to pick up the tires from 2408 Edna Street. We got to know about it from an advertisement in kijiji, which was giving away old tires for free. The tires were stored outside of a building, which caused the tires to accumulate a fair amount of water inside them. Therefore, before packing them up in the van and the car we desperately tried to empty the water out. This proved to be somewhat of a difficult task, which led us to re-think our design a bit, so the tires don’t house any water as Patricia pointed out during our presentation if our design allows for water to accumulate then this can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Rafi is loading the van with tires.

Our current design for the bench is currently more of a guideline than to a blueprint for what will come. This is because we are doing a trial and error process in order to build our Public Seating Space and Decoration. No one in the group has past experience or knowledge with building anything of this nature so in order to obtain a final product that is suitable for the community it will take a lot of patients and thinking.

Portia Crosswell painted a picture of the group trying to cut the tire with a jigsaw.

Little success was made last weekend when we attempted to cut a tire using a jigsaw borrowed from Lebel. We ran into problems cutting past the metal wires within the tire. With more discussion and research, we were able to take out more appropriate cutting tools to better experiment with this coming weekend.

Stay tuned for the update!

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