Ungewöhnlicher Recycling-Tipp für Heimwerker: Warum wir abgeschnittene Haare nicht wegwerfen ¤ Why we don’t throw out cut hair; unusual Recycling-Tip for DIY-folks

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DEUTSCH

Während der Corona-Krise schneidet der eine oder andere sicher auch die Haare selbst und spielt vielleicht sogar Friseur für die ganze Familie.

Wir haben bereits vor 3 Jahrzehnten aufgehört, zum Friseur zu gehen – nämlich als mir der Friseur zur Hochzeit die Haare total vermasselt hatte und ich die Frisur nur noch mit grosser Mühe hatte retten können.

Da fragte ich mich dann, warum ich so viel Geld ausgebe, nur um mit giftigen Chemikalien mein Haar vermasselt zu bekommen.

Seitdem schneiden wir selbst die Haare und frisieren einander in der Familie.

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Anfangs habe ich immer eine Locke der Kinder aufgehoben, einfach nur so als Erinnerung, und weil sie so süss waren.

Doch als sie älter wurden, war das dann irgendwann weitaus weniger spannend.

 

Als wir unseren Dachstuhl renovierten und dabei herausfanden, dass man, wenn man die Dachziegel von innen unterstreicht beziehungsweise verschmiert, teures Rosshaar kauft, damit die Mörtelmasse besser hält, haben wir uns gedacht, das können wir auch mit unseren eigenen Haarfen machen und heben seitdem alles an abgeschnittenen Haaren auf.

 

Wenn wir also wieder einmal am Dach arbeiten und die Dachziegel von innen verschmieren, entweder weil wir renovieren oder weil wir nach einem strengen Winter etwas ausbessern, dann tun wir eine kleine Hand voll Haare mit in die Mörtelmischung (1 oder 2 Teile Zement + 9 oder 8 Teile Putzmörtel + etwas Wasser), die wir in einem 10 Liter-Eimer anrühren .

 

Das hat in der Praxis immer sehr gut funktioniert. (Wir machen das jetzt schon so um die 20 Jahre, und so hält diese Fugenmasse einfach besser zusammen. Das Ganze war mal ein Tipp von einem alten Maurer-Meister, der leider schon vor einigen Jahren verstorben ist. Doch seine Tipps leben weiter.)

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Wer gerne selbst das eine oder andere bastelt oder als Heimwerker tätig ist, dem gefallen vielleicht die vielen unterschiedlichen DIY-Tipps auf dieser Seite.

Wie man aus Resten von Fliesen, Marmor oder Granit einen preiswerten und kreativen Fussbodenbelag zaubert, kann man hingegen in diesem Buch über Fliesenmosaik sehen. Dort ist alles Schritt für Schritt erklärt – mit vielen Fotos.

 

Tile Floors - mosaic-style

ENGLISH

When ever I cut the hair of someone in our family, we save what I cut off, because we can use it to strengthen a mixture we use between the tiles of the roof, either when we renovate or when there is some damage from the winter before, that needs to be repaired.

If you are into DIY-Projects yourself and you’re interested in tiling  your own floor, but want to save on the materials, you might be interested in this book:

Mosaic Tile Floors – that you can do yourself

This is a book which shows in many pictures how it’s done, so anyone can tile a simple floor in a creative manner – with materials that cost next to nothing.

 

Foto und Umschläge: NVP-Verlag

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4 thoughts on “Ungewöhnlicher Recycling-Tipp für Heimwerker: Warum wir abgeschnittene Haare nicht wegwerfen ¤ Why we don’t throw out cut hair; unusual Recycling-Tip for DIY-folks

  1. If you are looking for a chemical connection – no there isn’t. It just strengthens the mixture in a physical sense. You see here in Europe most house have roofs with heavy tiles. Those are usually connected with a layer of mortar. Some have additionally been connected to other tiles or to the wooden structure with a metal hook, but most are just connected with the mortar-mixture that is between the tiles. The problem is that as time goes by this mixture starts crumbling. Thus you eventually get some holes in the roof where snow could blow in. This isn’t only a bad thing as the draft does protect the wooden structure. However, moisture doesn’t and you could end up with wood worms.
    Also in stormy regions it is a very good idea to make sure that the mortar between the tiles is in good condition. It really isn’t fun when tiles fly off the roof in the middle of a hurricane!
    For that reason we usually check the roof from time to time to see if the mortar has cracked.
    If you put hair into the mortar-mixture it might still crack, but not in as many places as otherwise, simply because the hair connects the tiny pieces, so they won’t fall off as easily and therefore also won’t drag other bits of mortar with them. So it’s simply a physical trick that stops it from crumbling too much.
    I learned that from an old builder/brick layer who told me all kinds of tricks that are a bit unusual but work quite well. We have a farm with many stone-buildings, so it’s essential that the things we fix don’t break too soon. Otherwise you’re never done renovating.
    What sort of a house do you live in? Do you have heavy roof tiles on your house or shingles?

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  2. Makes sense, the clear explanation is appreciated. It is surprising to find tiles in use in the north country because here in the states asphalt tiles are common up north. Tiles are popular “down south” in the warmer climates. For example Florida and Arizona.

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  3. Interesting, you should say that.
    I think traditionally houses are built a lot more solid over here, while in the US they’re often not intended to last that long. Over here you have houses that are several hundred years old. Our main house for example is around 150 years old, but there are others that are 400 or 500 years old. I think in the US people often want a new house because they want to design their own, and therefore they may not wish to buy a “used” house, as some people have started to call them . That is, if they have the money. Other people may choose shingles or other roof solutions because they are inexpensive, and as you pointed out, tar won’t melt in a northern climate.
    In Northern Europe thatched roofs were the traditional choice until one or two hundred years ago. Before then they were the economic type of roofing that ordinary people chose, while manor houses and castles had heavy tiles and a few an even more precious roofing.
    I once visited the ruin of a castle in Sweden where ironically its precious copper-roofing had become its destiny. People started to remove the metal because of its value and eventually the entire castle had collapsed. That’s the sad old story of a house only being as good as its roof is tight.
    However in recent years thatched roofs have become more expensive than heavy tiled roofs – because of the labour involved and because of the natural materials which have to first of all to be grown, then harvested and eventually cut into shape. Plus there is an idyllic value that these days goes with houses that have a thatched roof, which does that they perform quite well on the real estate market, despite the maintenance costs.
    Here in Denmark we traditionally (within the last 100 to 150 years) have a lot of heavy stone tiles – party because more people were able to afford them from that time on, partly because they protect against fire and heavy storms. There is a reason for why hurricanes and tornados cause more damage in some countries than in others – and that is not only their strength. We have on a regular basis very strong winds here in Denmark, because the country is an island-state with approx. 8000 km coastline. The humidity is fairly high as well, so we have to make sure that our choice of building materials survive not only the daily conditions, but also the extreme weather that comes from time to time.
    In southern Europe you also have tiles that are made of clay but they are often not as large and as heavy as ours and they are not as solid either. More like the ones you know from the southern states of your country. Although the Mistral is called the master of all winds, it still doesn’t seem to be causing as much damage in the Mediterranean as the winds over the North Atlantic and some parts of the Baltic .

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