pre-formed concrete pipe

topic posted Sun, January 14, 2007 - 7:01 PM by  Bob
Just ran across this tribe and thought it was pretty cool so I joined.

This might not be quite in keeping with the ideas here, I'm not sure, but I thought it was a pretty inovative idea that might be adapted.
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offline Bob
  • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

    Sun, January 14, 2007 - 8:15 PM
    I like the general idea, but that particular pipe looked a bit cramped.

    How much are the biggest ones, and how nig are they?

    Also Mary Hardin at U of AZ is doing intereting things with incremental formwork re: rammed earth that make the tires look like way too much work, plus they got permitted, passed inspection, etc.
    • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

      Sun, January 14, 2007 - 10:45 PM
      Precast pipe can be quite big although with bigger comes more weight and transportation issues as well as siting issues. One web site I found offers standard sizes up to 120" diameter. While there would be some loss for curvature as well as the need for a flat floor to stand on and run utilities under 10' is pretty good size. But I'm not too sure how cheep this is unless it's somewhere local or you pick up over-runs from some major project.

      I'm willing to bet that the pipes go much bigger than 10' too considering the various things that precast is used for.
      • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

        Mon, January 15, 2007 - 10:46 PM
        I posted a question about these concrete pipes on another tribe, quite awhile back, but no one seemed to know what I was talking about. I always thought they'd be a great start for underground structures.....aside from the previously mentioned issues of transport and siting, due to weight. I went to the link mentioned in the original post, but there were no actual concrete pipes featured or available there. At that time, the page just had the phrase repeated, in links that didn't go anywhere (you know how some sites do that with your searches--- no matter what you type , it shows up in a "shopping list" when it's not really an available product ("you searched for 'dog shit'--- find dog shit on Ebay, best prices for dog shit here, clearance sale on dog shit at Anyway, I'd be curious as to what a room-size section of pre-case concrete pipe cost. Ditto the metal culvert pipe.
        • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

          Mon, January 15, 2007 - 11:50 PM
          My question is: how is concrete piping less expensive than cinderblock? isn't it basically the same thing?

          (Resisting "square block, round hole" joke here...!)
          • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

            Fri, April 27, 2007 - 8:48 AM
            I have been a mother earter from way back-always looking into simplicity in life....I've done the construction view-concrete when big is heavy and not easily moved-perhaps this idea of your would apply to the continueing growth of homeless with out shelter-obvious there make shift home is not easily moved,but permanancy produces a problem-Japan has been aware of thier issue to the same fact,instead of breaking you down and processing you through a system,they have retangular shelters stacked 5 high and various sizes to fit a poor mans budget.They do very well and people in time reinterate back in the mainstream...can't figure out why America has so many problems with the homeless and the system-they are'nt just your local alcoholics any more needing help
  • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

    Sun, February 22, 2009 - 11:44 AM
    In looking thru the archived threads here, realized there was a duplicate thread on this topic.
    Pre-formed Concrete Pipe is also referred to as Culvert Pipe.
    Steamboat Ed had posted this link (showing a hamster home or "habitrail run") with the comment
    "--If only.. My dream house is based on this stuff; scroll down this page and see what I'd like to scale up, heh.".

    The other links in the duplicate thread were dead, so I didn't bother to move them here when I deleted the old thread.
    • Re: pre-formed concrete pipe

      Sun, February 22, 2009 - 12:08 PM

      Concrete Pipe Motel

      Reader comments follow article.

      "While the idea of sleeping in a pipe might not immediately connote luxury in your mind, this hotel design turns concrete pipes into quite the comfortable space for your next overnight stay. Almost like glorified camping, the DasParkHotel is a series of individual hotel room pipes, set on a beautiful flora-filled backdrop just steps from the Danube River.
      The external simplicity surrounds an unexpectedly comfortable interior” as each pipe is outfitted with a bed, lighting, and other furniture, with bathroom and restaurant facilities shared in a public space. And what’s more, DasParkHotel obtains sanitation and other hotel facilities from existing public infrastructure, allowing them to operate on a “pay as you wish” system in which guests pay only what they can afford or wish to contribute. Now that’s some great communal living.

      Dasparkhotel is conceived and implemented primarily as a hospitality tool.

      It is constructed from repurposed, incredibly robust drain pipes.

      The external simplicity surrounds an unexpectedly comfortable interior - full headroom, double bed, storage, light, power, woolly blanket and light cotton sleeping bag. All other hotelery devices (Toilets, showers, minibar, cafe, etc) are supplied by the surrounding public space.
      From May through October
      the simultaneously functional and comfortable concrete sleep-pipes offer the chance to experience a place in a totally new way.

      Personal door code
      Upon booking you will receive a code to allow entry to your personal suite.

      For the period of your stay dasparkhotel remains your all hours access safety zone - the charger for your personal energy reserves.

      The chance to safely store your luggage and recharge portable electronic devices allows complete freedom of movement.

      Because we obtain sanitation, breakfast and other hotel facilities from existing public infrastructure, it is possible for us to work with the very simple, user-friendly "pay as you wish" system. A night in dasparkhotel costs just as much as you can afford or want to pay.

      We see "pay as you wish" as a system where customers leave a Euro amount that they can afford and with which they wish to support our project.

      Reservations can be made at at any time. "

      © 2006 dasparkhotel | Konzept Andreas Strauss"
      • Pre-formed Concrete Pipe

        Sun, February 22, 2009 - 12:18 PM

        "Home Sweet Cement Pipe

        A Chinese man has built a house out of two cement pipes.
        Xin Yucai, 50, of Shenyang city, even turned down the chance to move into his daughter's apartment he enjoyed living in his unusual home so much.
        "My father likes to do things differently," she explained.
        He bought two cement pipes from a construction company and turned them into a real house, with windows, door, and even a chimney."
        The daughter says her apartment has enough space for her father but Xin still insisted on making a house of his own.
        "We moved once, and he took the pipe house with him."
        The house has become a city attraction.
        "From time to time, people will come to have a look and take pictures with the pipe house," a neighbour told Huashang Morning News.
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