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    Bamboo Rebar in Pattaya

    now I have heard about Thais using bamboo as rebar on concrete pours for the floors, got to admit I did think it was just an old wifes tale or maybe something they used to do in the past, well today was the first time I have ever seen it being done and yes this was in Pattaya.




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    Usually this happens when companies are hired to cement back country roads.You can make a lot of money on the contract by using bamboo instead of metal. Of course the road falls apart after a couple of years.

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    Yeah, and I like the nice expansion joints shown in the pic too...

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    sorry i dont understand - wotz worong with that??

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    That's why we are here to stop cowboys doing things like this, look at my website in my profile

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    It's not that uncomon around here for smaller jobs, but the practice is dying out

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    i still dont understand - the contractor that used that method for my driveway said it was superiour to metal cos it gives the road a little more give...

    and also it doesnt rust...

    are you saying he told me porkies??

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    Exposed, untreated bamboo has an expected lifespan of something like 10 years. If it's treated with a wood preservative, like borax, it can last decades.
    I don't know for sure, but I doubt if the bamboo used above was treated!

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    Do you mean you expect a house last much longer than ten years in Thailand?

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    The perfect Farang House in Thailand is designed to last two weeks longer his relationship with the woman who the house belongs to.

    Down Pattaya way there are builders merchants cashing in on this by selling half rotted bamboo.

    The stuff in DDs photos above are obviously from a Farang who believes he's met a good girl.

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    I would just about as soon have bamboo as some of this rusty ass rebar I have seen being used in housing and even that stuff on the unfinished hyway elevations out by Don Muang and in the hospital addition here where the rods were tied in and then 3 years later they came back to pour. pobly the tie wire was all rotted off.

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    Under my house where my car is parked and the area that it goes over to get into the car park, i used the bamboo. its a much tighter weave then the pics here. saved a lot of money, appears to be holding up alright.

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    This bamboo rebar was used to pour a small slab for our outdoor toilet upcountry. I went ahead and let them install this just because I was curious how long it would last. We'll see...


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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    I would just about as soon have bamboo as some of this rusty ass rebar I have seen being used in housing and even that stuff on the unfinished hyway elevations out by Don Muang and in the hospital addition here where the rods were tied in and then 3 years later they came back to pour. pobly the tie wire was all rotted off.
    Given a choice which would you rather be beaten over the head with??

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwillyhggtb View Post
    i still dont understand - the contractor that used that method for my driveway said it was superiour to metal cos it gives the road a little more give...

    and also it doesnt rust...

    are you saying he told me porkies??

    no, of course not...bamboo has never been known to rust

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash
    n a choice which would you rather be beaten over the head with??
    Neither one really since you would have to pull it out of your ass first..

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by flash
    n a choice which would you rather be beaten over the head with??
    Neither one really since you would have to pull it out of your ass first..
    I wasn't implying that I was going to beat you over the head honey, just pointing out that the rebar would be much stronger.

    Given a choice I think I would prefer to pull rebar out of my ass, I wouldn't like to take the chance of getting a splinter.

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    bamboo as reinforcing!!!!!!
    Bloody hell !
    construction in this country is a joke

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    Bamboo Rebar

    Facts: ok, we know Bamboo is great, strong, and equal to steel in many ways, but everything I'm reading on the net is telling me that when used as Rebar in concrete it can actually weaken the concrete due to the water absorbtion and lack of bonding with the concrete. ...I was disappointed to read this, and much of what I read was from very technical studies.

    So, will Hillbilly or someone who "really" has used it for a few years reply and update me on their opinion of using bamboo in cement.

    Thanks,

    Rickshaw

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    Within hours of pouring concrete, bamboo would become a soft gooey mess.

    It's organic. It decomposes completely in a matter of months.

    This is a wind up.

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    I used bamboo when the concrete was poured to make a path around my house.
    The slab was about 3 metres wide and went around 3 sides of the house.
    The house is sold now but had no problems for five years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Within hours of pouring concrete, bamboo would become a soft gooey mess. It's organic. It decomposes completely in a matter of months. This is a wind up.
    Treated bamboo could be ok.

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    A report was prepared in 1966 by U. S. NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LABAORATORY
    Port Hueneme, California to assist field personnel in the design and construction of bamboo reinforced concrete.

    It covers all aspects of this practice in detail and can be found by following the link i have provided below.




    http://www.romanconcrete.com/docs/bamboo1966/BambooReinforcedConcreteFeb1966.htm


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    ^ No results posted.

    I heard they also tested chewing gum and softened sticks of butter.

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    www.concrete.net.au/library/details_journals.php?title=&table=libraryrecords&i d=29261&startnum=0 - 34k

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