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by Kenshiro
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler
Replies: 91
Views: 16289

Re: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler

Oh...another thing I forgot to mention, my sleeping bag is a double-wide. Which doesn’t wipe out the concerns you’re mentioning but there’s actually some room to buffer, etc, to mitigate the potential for hysteresis-like fluctuations, etc. It will definitely still be a bit of fiddling about, and whe...
by Kenshiro
Mon Aug 12, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler
Replies: 91
Views: 16289

Re: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler

Thank you for the wealth of thought! I do have a half dozen burns under my belt and some background in thermodynamics, so I wasn’t flying blind, and most of what you went over I have been keeping in consideration as I go. You managed to mention a couple factors I definitely find useful and apprecia...
by Kenshiro
Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Need a soldering iron on the playa??
Replies: 11
Views: 3381

Re: Need a soldering iron on the playa??

I finally broke open this Ryobi soldering iron last night and was pretty impressed. Heats up really fast, no mess, just solder anywhere.
by Kenshiro
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler
Replies: 91
Views: 16289

Re: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler

I have those ice-water pumps they give you after bone and joint surgery ... lots of different pads and wraps for that. Could be some toys to play with ... That would be a lot of potential fun. I actually decided to get one of those temp-actuated switches you can find online so presumably I’d just f...
by Kenshiro
Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler
Replies: 91
Views: 16289

Re: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler

It’s interesting reading through all this and seeing a lot of posts that consider “improvements” to mostly focus on larger volume with little consideration of much else (energy expenditure etc). I think the better title for a thread such as this might have been “application-specific modifications to...
by Kenshiro
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Oh that’s great to hear. I’ve also got a much smaller and lighter Milwaukee 2555 impact wrench that can drive 250ft-lbs, I’ll bring both but try using that one first. The Stubbie is such a cool tool. I’d still pay some attention not because of the power (it has more than enough), but because of the...
by Kenshiro
Wed Jul 31, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

What’s the consensus on a good lag screw diameter and length for an EMT flat top shade structure? Sounds like 3/8” x 14” is popular. I’ve seen other people here talk about 1/2” x 18” and 1/2” x 24”. If size matters, our structure will be 30ft x 60ft and 8ft tall. Solid 10ft x 12ft top tarps and sha...
by Kenshiro
Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Tips on Yurt/Tent Situation for 2 Couples
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: Tips on Yurt/Tent Situation for 2 Couples

Separate. For reasons. It’s hard to me to say yurts are environmentally conscious at all when merely used for a festival or two. Use recycled material and then reuse/repurpose again after and then it’s not so bad. Yurts are a LOT easier to keep reasonable temps in though. It’s what I would have gone...
by Kenshiro
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: condition of lag screws after removing them from PLaya??
Replies: 12
Views: 1143

Re: condition of lag screws after removing them from PLaya??

Returning them pretending they’re new? Besides the dishonesty going on with that suggestion, there’s the matter of the paltry amount of money they cost in the grand scheme, especially considering the time and gas wasted to bother doing that. Do the math...it’s wasting more time than it’s worth just ...
by Kenshiro
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I was never going to use rebar I could never stand seeing the things in different camps sticking out of the ground everywhere waiting for someone to fall on them. I was in the middle of developing a different solution when a camp-mate mentioned having come across this lag bolt idea, which despite (s...
by Kenshiro
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:50 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: I made a Lag Bolt Hand Crank Tool!
Replies: 20
Views: 3652

Re: I made a Lag Bolt Hand Crank Tool!

Cool work I like it
by Kenshiro
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Oh hey, there’s...this thing! Okay I’ll check in
Replies: 4
Views: 1150

Oh hey, there’s...this thing! Okay I’ll check in

Been around probably a year now and just realized this was here.

I’m Ken. I’m in Portland Oregon, though I’m the only one in my camp from here. Been burning since 2011 iirc. The first three years very superficially, the last three years I’ve been much more invested.
by Kenshiro
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

BBadger....OK, I'm an idiot......I can't find 3/8" or 1/2" X 14 or 16 anywhere on that site. May I crave a boon and get ya to gimmee a link ? I can handle this call and order them for you. Just need you to email me your credit card number, pin, and security code. http://www.thefastenerstop.com/cate...
by Kenshiro
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: LAG SCREWS and MONKEY HUTS...
Replies: 16
Views: 4200

Re: LAG SCREWS and MONKEY HUTS...

In the interest of giving back I'm gonna piss in the lag screw pond here with my monkey hut solution which worked for me this year (first big burn,yay). I got 24" long 1/2" lag screws then cut 10-12" sections of 1/2" PVC "sleeves" to put around the top half of the lag screws. Below the PVC I put so...
by Kenshiro
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Impressive stuff (again)

Nice to know the playa actually was harder than usual this year. It seemed to me to be so, but I don’t have as consistent a frame of reference since I’ve been doing different and much smaller-scale things every year.
by Kenshiro
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

The “Inner Circle” of people who oversee how our camp’s major structures go together were all very happy with how the lags worked for us this year where we used them and are looking to diversify their utilization going forward. I donated a bunch of extra lags I accumulated just experimenting over th...
by Kenshiro
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

It's a goal before my next burn to figure out how to secure this BRH shade with all lags and no rebar. My suspicion is most applications widely believed to still be better served with rebar actually could probably still be better done with lags by merely duct-taping chain to whatever the structure ...
by Kenshiro
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:48 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: In Tent Fans
Replies: 23
Views: 2600

Re: In Tent Fans

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Portable-Fan-Tool-Only-P3320/205022215 If you happen to have the Ryobi platform of battery power tools, they have this fan for $40 that gets surprisingly high marks (especially for a budget tool brand) in terms of efficiency, relatively quiet oper...
by Kenshiro
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag bolts in store
Replies: 18
Views: 1850

Re: Lag bolts in store

I think some are misunderstanding my posts here. Stakes are generally pounded in a distance from the object being secured (tent or whatever) so most of the load being placed on them is horizontal. And that’s generally how we use rebar on the playa. Just bigger, thicker stakes (that are also much mor...
by Kenshiro
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag bolts in store
Replies: 18
Views: 1850

Re: Lag bolts in store

But if they're sticking out like stakes they might not be deep enough in the ground. Plus they'd be a pain to drive in. All things relative of course...but most rebar for basic camp stuff isn’t going much over 14” into the ground. When I say used as stakes, I don’t mean with some of the thing out o...
by Kenshiro
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag bolts in store
Replies: 18
Views: 1850

Re: Lag bolts in store

3/4”x14” though...those would be absolutely awesome if you’re intending to use them in a more “stake-like” fashion where they’re being subjected to a lot of bending load. You won’t have to adjust how you do things much if you’ve previously been doing rebar.
by Kenshiro
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

... being able to handle inebriated Burners (myself included) stumbling into it. Ha! I’ll drink to that! BTW, them unions - pretty darn slick! Why thank you, good sir! Although to be perfectly honest, if I were doing this one again, I’d skip the unions for a number of reasons. Most significant of w...
by Kenshiro
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

[errant attempt to edit; ignore]
by Kenshiro
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Ooh, now I’m curious how much flex that thing is gonna have being lots of PVC. If I were responsible for keeping that upright for 9 days, I would try to tie and strap things such that all horizontal members have tension on them and are pulling away, while the shade cloth is holding things together ...
by Kenshiro
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:01 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Impact Drivers
Replies: 23
Views: 3482

Re: Impact Drivers

Pay attention to how hot the thing gets as you go. Even though most impact drivers may have the juice to put a lag bolt in just fine any given time, smaller units may accumulate heat more easily if you’re doing a bunch in quick succession and that can shorten the life of the tool considerably. I wen...
by Kenshiro
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:57 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

https://i.imgur.com/uJdxMdG.jpg In my case the wire rope solution is perfect. This is the base of the shade structure I built that fits around and over my Shiftpod. Not too bad, in retrospect I could have done a number of things better, but it’s covered the basics alright the last few years and is ...
by Kenshiro
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I was eyeballing the wire rope segments at HD, the kind with crimped loops at either end. They sell them in short lengths with loops on each end. Don't how strong they are but looks really useful for weird attachment scenarios like yours... This is what I’ve finally gotten around to doing for this ...
by Kenshiro
Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:38 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

This Ryobi impact wrench comes with one 4Ah battery. Is that sufficient for one burn? Anchoring a hexayurt. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-18-Volt-ONE-1-2-in-Impact-Wrench-Kit-P1833/302648209 It would take some remarkable circumstance for it to not be enough, but bring the included charger anyway.
by Kenshiro
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:09 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135565

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I decided to bump up to 5/8”x24” for my shade structure as an insurance policy. I’m sure the 1/2”x18” would be more than adequate most years but my big Makita impact wrench won’t have difficulty driving these anyway, so...
by Kenshiro
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag Bolts - zinc vs. Galvanized - also size recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Lag Bolts - zinc vs. Galvanized - also size recommendation

FIGJAM wrote:
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:16 pm
I know her and she would never say that.
I would be very afraid if she did :lol:

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