Fun with Styrofoam


Alex Fethiere

These mortared styrofoam assemblies are easy and fun to make.

I've been known to accumulate free materials towards an indistinct future use. Some call that "hoarding."

At one point it was scraps of Kevlar. At another, 55 gallon drums. More recently, it was styrofoam packing forms.

Expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) is easily recycled by densifiers, which reduce it to 1/90th of its aerated volume and extrude it into ingots. Even if we have such facilities in Mason County, I'm not inclined to bundle up trailerloads of foam and deliver them, or burn it.

I have used planks of styrofoam to insulate buildings by spray-foaming them into cavities after cutting...

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