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I am in the planning stage of building a permanent road on my homestead. Because of the slope of the land, washout is an issue and geo grid seemed like the solution, unfortunately the price of the grid made that untenable.  I recently stumbled upon someone using old tires with the sidewalls cut off as the grid base for a road. This seems like a perfect solution for my situation but it will leave me with hundreds of rubber circles to deal with.

Does anyone have any ideas for reusing the sidewall pieces for anything useful? I would prefer not to just throw them back in the garbage to end up in a landfill.
 
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You can cut sidewalls into long elastic straps.
Those straps could be used to tie your geogrid together, as rails on a fence, or cargo straps.
Other uses are as silage tarp weights,or as roof tiles.
You could also use them as fill in the tires themselves, stabilizing  and saving money on fill material.
Here are other ways of using the treads :

Blasting Mats



Cattle Mats
 
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Farmers use them as weights to hold down tarps

You could use them as part of your geogrid or as a driveway base in less sloped areas.
 
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maybe just place them at the base of tire cut outs, then backfill with gravel
 
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Thank you for all the tips. I think chopping them into small pieces and using them as filler material for the road will suit my needs perfectly.
 
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So how are the tire Rings used as geogrid? Are they just laid out in a bunch of circles? Or are they shaped in some way? Like squeezed in the center to make teardrop shapes?

I think tires sidewalls are free of the metal and fiber belts that are in the tread areas. I think side walls are often shredded and used as the mulch in playground areas as well as in horse arenas? I know that I have seen a shredded 'rubber' mat to go around the base of trees (lets water through but not weeds up)

Could they be layered and cut into 'pavers' to go in walkways?  I saw that infill in the 'poormans geohex' has been mentioned.

Many years ago my parents had a mat outside the front door that I think was made from old Tire strips. I never knew where it came from but we had it forever. Sliced up sidewall strips could work very well for that, Christmas gifts to other permies?




Rob Schwartz wrote:I am in the planning stage of building a permanent road on my homestead. Because of the slope of the land, washout is an issue.  I recently stumbled upon someone using old tires with the sidewalls cut off as the grid base for a road. it will leave me with hundreds of rubber circles to deal with.

Does anyone have any ideas for reusing the sidewall pieces for anything useful? I would prefer not to just throw them back in the garbage to end up in a landfill.

 
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I think op might be planing to use a technique called Mechanical Concrete.
I believe it was created by a company but here is a video of a diy project that is using it:

 
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OK, I'm honestly not sure what's up with that thumnail...
 
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