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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorcjard
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2019 edited
    Just wondering if anyone else out there has ever weighed up the relative costs and impacts of making gabions vs buying them?
    • CommentAuthorDarylP
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2019
    yes... it isn't worth it... ;-(
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2019
    I wouldn't have thought it is worth it. What would you make them from?

    What is worth thinking about is what you're going to fill them with. In an area with little natural stone, importing a load is not an attractive idea. We got lucky and used broken bricks from a nearby renovation. They look fine and will soon be covered by greenery.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2019 edited
    Posted By: djhWhat would you make them from?

    I believe the answer is [galvanised] welded mesh and spiral lashing rods. So it's just a question of working out the costs versus the additional hassle.

    e.g. https://www.weld-mesh.com/gabion-baskets
    Making your own? IMO it would depend upon the application and the availability of labour and materials. e.g. if the application was a free draining retaining wall (with anchorage taken back into the soil) where a curved structure is wanted then DIY is not only worth it but probably the only solution, but for standard straight boxes I would let someone else do the work. Of course transport costs could influence the budget decision.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2019
    Not galvanised, use stainless
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2019
    Posted By: tonyNot galvanised, use stainless

    Surely that depends on the application?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2019
    On how long you want them to last
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeJun 4th 2019
    I was thinking on these lines but when I costed out the gabions they would have cost me the same as getting a stone mason to build the wall. I had stone I had reclaimed on site and if I used gabions I would have had to fill them myself. It cost 40 to 50 £ per sq m for the labour for a wall 600 mm thick plus the sand and cement. I was surprised how much gabions cost. Think you will need a mortgage if you use stainless.
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