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by Kenshiro
Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Shiftpods vs. Alternatives
Replies: 11
Views: 2458

Re: Shiftpods vs. Alternatives

My first three burns were in a $40 tent generously advertised as “4-person”. It had flexy plastic poles and flattened in major winds. The last four years I’ve been in a Shiftpod. While I actually would still purchase it (or something similar) all over again, it’s more about the pop-up convenience, d...
by Kenshiro
Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Mist Shower: minimal water use
Replies: 11
Views: 2315

Re: Mist Shower: minimal water use

I wonder just how little water one could get down to and still obtain a “good” clean. This last year my camp was averaging probably barely over a gallon per shower and I was stoked about this result. We actually kinda encouraged more showering toward the end as we didn’t get anywhere near using all ...
by Kenshiro
Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:03 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Advice for what NOT to bring as a birgin tenter
Replies: 16
Views: 3303

Re: Advice for what NOT to bring as a birgin tenter

Don’t bring Chlorox disinfecting wipes, and absolutely do not keep them in your tent... ... cuz the one time you get lucky out there and you want to freshen up the private’s before the promise of glory ... Bleach does funny things to your junk. Or maybe do If thats your thing. I could be convinced ...
by Kenshiro
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Impact Drivers
Replies: 32
Views: 7755

Re: Impact Drivers

I think ePlaya can document the technical specs of impact drivers and roto hammers to drive lag screws of various sizes, just as the gentleman at Illumination Village originated the demolition hammer-ground rod driver-rebar technique: http://www.litebrite.org/rebarhammer/. There has to be a lower l...
by Kenshiro
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Impact Drivers
Replies: 32
Views: 7755

Re: Impact Drivers

I’m not sure that sale is real though they have plenty of inventory on all their other kits. It may be that particular combo of battery and charger that’s being phased out, but they haven’t had any inventory for it for months. Maybe a few straggler kits out there in Alaska or something.
by Kenshiro
Sun Sep 22, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Impact Drivers
Replies: 32
Views: 7755

Re: Impact Drivers

https://www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Lithium-Ion-Cordless-3-Speed-1-2-in-Impact-Wrench-Kit-with-1-4-0-Ah-Battery-and-Charger-P1890/206736695 just for future reference, as I couldn't find a lot of good recs when I was searching before the burn: I bought this and it drove two dozen 14" 3/8 l...
by Kenshiro
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Improvements & Upgrades to the FIGJAM bucket evap. cooler
Replies: 91
Views: 20626

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: 20626

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: 4464

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: 20626

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: 20626

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 877

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: 2346

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 4684

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: 1504

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 4868

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 3260

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: 2449

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: 2449

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: 2449

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 918
Views: 160393

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: 918
Views: 160393

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 ...

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