Many people recycle old aluminum cans so that they are diverted from landfills and reused to make a variety of items. But if you’re a fan of DIY projects, you might consider saving those cans and transforming them into shingles, tiles and siding. Over at Instructables, a self-described stay-at-home dad has published a set of instructions explaining how to transform old cans into useful roofing tiles for a small structure.
Proposed by Instructable member Robbtoberfest, this DIY project is ideal for those looking to create a water-shedding roof surface for a chicken coop, kennel or even a shed. Robbtoberfest starts by cutting off the ends of the soda or beer cans. Then, he cuts down the middle of the can producing a flat, rectangular piece. “Then you lay the flat piece into the forming die and press it by stomping on it or hitting it with a hammer,” he writes.
Robbtoberfest then lays out how exactly to make the die and how to set up the shingles on a roof. If you are interested in trying it yourself, the designer suggests that for a 24″ x 24″ roof area you’ll need between 36 to 50 cans. So if your roof area is bigger than that, start drinking! Altogether, you’ll need empty cans, a piece of 1 x 6 hardwood board, two 1-foot 5/16″ metal square rods as well as the following tools: a staple gun, a circular saw, scissors, a chisel and a hammer. Of course, with all DIY projects, safety is paramount so if you are eager to try this, be sure to wear gloves so you don’t cut yourself on the aluminum shards.
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