Old tires are one of those things that very few people know what to do with. They’re big, bulky, and take up lots of space. On top of that, they hold water which mosquitoes can breed in. After you take them off your car, what can you do with them? Here are 5 suggestions.
Make a hanging table
One way to turn your old tire into something new and different is to make a hanging table. Before you do this, though, make sure that wherever you want to hang it can support its weight. Simply purchase a piece of wood the size of your tire, sand and seal it. You can paint it if you want or simply stain it. Cut holes through the wood and the tire, and attach heavy duty chains. Once you’ve done that, your new table is ready to be hung.
Build a retaining wall
If you need a retaining wall for your garden or anything else, old tires will make a great material. Stagger them just like you would when working with bricks or blocks. After you finish each row, pack each tire with dirt and drive rebar into the back of it for added stability.
A company with tire shredding equipment can break down your tire and turn it into ground cover or something else entirely. One company turns them into bumpers for tugboats and a concrete company burns them to fuel their work. They also wind up in rubber fenders for docks.
This classic requires a sturdy place to hang a tire. All you have to do is affix it with rope to a sturdy tree branch or something. Take care though: the shape of the tire makes it prone to holding water. Mosquitoes and other insects like the shelter of the inside of the tire.
Make a planter
Tires make great planters when they’re filled with dirt and had a few drain holes cut into them. The possibilities for this are limited only by your imagination and the size of your tire. To make a hanging planter, put a piece of wood across the bottom of your tire and affix it in place.
To conclude, there are tons of things you can do with old tires. This short list of 5 things you can do is nowhere near comprehensive; you’re limited by your imagination alone. Most importantly: have fun!