So we’ve all seen these anti-homelessness spikes as of recently, whether in the paper, on Tumblr, Twitter, or Facebook. Someone’s written a guide on how to cover any up that you might come across, and I’ll add some information to this post too. We need to reclaim spaces for the dispossessed and subjugated; no more gentrification; no more sweeping our social problems under the rug. If you don’t want homeless people visible, eradicate it with the tremendous amount of resources we have!
1. Go and check out the area that has been laid with studs, the studs being used in door ways are usually about an inch deep. You need to take a rough estimate of the square metre of the area.
2. Once you have an idea of the size go buy some rapid-setting cement. The sales assistant at any builders merchants will help you calculate the amount needed for the coverage.
3. Purchase a piece of 2 by 2 the length of the area and attach some plastic along the stick. This will be needed to block the run of the cement out of the spiked area and the plastic will be under the pour therefore holding it in place. (You may have to hold it in place initially [or you can get some bricks to prop it up])
4. Rapid cement can be mixed up away from the area and all you need to do is check out the setting time for the product you are using so you allow yourself time from mixing to getting to the spot and pouring.
5. Drive up. Wearing high vis jackets. I would suggest at night or very early in the morning. Lay down baton along the spiked area creating a well. Pour the rapid set cement over the spikes.
[This cement sets in an hour or so.]
A quick fix for the spikes is expanding foam, though it’s easily removable, and the cement is more permanent.
It’s worth mention that if you’re caught, you can potentially be charged with criminal damage. It’d only be deemed minor criminal damage, which is a magistrate-level criminal offence, and so usually fines are metered out.
Civil disobedience is all we have left.