How to Recycle Hard Hats

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How to Recycle Hard Hats
Local construction companies are a good source for expired hard hats. (Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

According to Cooper Safety Supply, hard hats have an effective life of about five years in the field before companies must replace them because of a shock, chemical exposure, or sun damage. However, hard hats which are not safe for their original purpose are functional for creative home decoration and imaginative play. After giving them a thorough cleaning, you can turn discarded hats into hanging baskets or shelf-mounted organisers.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Multi-tool
  • Drill
  • Chains
  • Eye screws
  • Bolts
  • Ceiling hook

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Instructions

    Hanging Basket

  1. 1

    Use the multi-tool to remove the brim from the hat. You may need to sand the edges smooth or remove any straps still inside the helmet.

  2. 2

    Drill four evenly spaced holes one inch from the base of the hat.

  3. 3

    Turn the hat upside down and thread the eye screws through towards the top of the hat. Secure the screws with the bolts.

  4. 4

    Use pliers to twist open the eyes of the screws and insert the end of one chain into each screw. Twist closed.

  5. 5

    Use pliers to twist open the eyes of the screws and insert the end of one chain into each screw. Twist closed.

  6. 6

    Screw the hook into the ceiling and thread the other end of each chain onto the

    hook.

    Shelf-Mounted Organizer

  1. 1

    Use the multi-tool to remove the brim from the hat. You may need to sand the edges smooth or remove any straps still inside the helmet.

  2. 2

    Drill a hole through the centre of the top of the hat. Drill a matching hole in the shelf.

  3. 3

    Thread a two-inch bolt through the bottom of the shelf into the upside-down hat. Add the nut.

  4. 4

    Caulk or pad any exposed metal in the hat to prevent scratching organiser contents.

Tips and warnings

  • You can make a hanging basket with multiple baskets by using longer chains and securing the chain beneath each hat.
  • Consider adding hard hats to your child's dress-up collection.
  • Always wear safety glasses and use caution when using power tools.

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