Friday, September 9, 2005

Cardboard Homes Can Help Katrina Victims

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The folks who lost their homes because of Hurricane Katrina may soon be getting a helping hand from a contractor who is known as the “Bob Vila of Cardboard Boxes.”

Richard Heene says that it’s possible to turn boxes that hold refrigerators, dryers or big screen TVs into surprisingly rugged shelters in as little as 30 minutes.

In fact, a few roofing shingles, duct tape, latex paints and trash bags for insulation can make a boxy bungalow capable of withstanding snow, rain and winds up to 20 miles per hour.

Heene figures a five-year-old kid can easily build one of his houses, but there are some limitations.

The cardboard casas shouldn’t be put near direct heat or hooked up to electricity. However, a few tap lights, a cell phone and a wi-fi connection can make the cardboard house seem like a castle.

Heene offers tips on cardboard construction at and hopes to convince the folks in charge of the Astrodome to show the videos on their “Jumbotrons so thousands of victims can see how to build new homes all at once.”

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