Pop Bottle Solar Tubes
Awhile back when I was getting the studio ready, I researched creative solutions to lighting problems. Thanks to youtube I found this video clip on how a man in Brazil made solar tubes from bottles during a electricity shortage. It’s a fun video with some snazzy music, however they never told how to attach the bottle to the roof. So this short tutorial will show you how I did it.
The one thing that I notice that is different in the video is that we used soda bottles that had a concave design. Our bottles had a stylish figure, however it made it difficult to get the bottle to set right. Since the bottle was designed like that, we needed something that would hold the bottle in the roof so that the silicone caulking could dry. That’s where I came up with the idea to use the canning jar rim because one, it’s cheap, it was the same size, and the metal could be easily manipulated.
This is what you’ll need:
1 litter clear plastic bottle
Canning jar rim
Drill bit and Drill
Here’s how it’s done:
And the final step: from the top seal the solar tube with silicone caulking. Watch out this stuff can be very messy and is really hard to remove. My removal tip is using terpenoid and then washing well with soap.
This project turned out really well. There has been no leaking, there is more light, and it was cheap! I also wanted cirular windows in the coop and couldn’d find any so I came up with the idea to use pyrex pie plates. That also worked well. I followed the same steps in this tutorial, however I didn’t need the canning jar rim or anything else since the pie plate already had a lip on it. I caulked it and it’s awesome.
Have you thought up any creative solutions to common problems? I love to hear your stories so feel free to share and comment below.