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by sharpstick
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

. . . Hang a sheet as a divider within the tent to isolate your sleeping area, and run the swamp cooler into this inner chamber. You'll trap the cool area at your bed area during nap time. My design goes one step farther. We have a cabin tent, too. The bed itself has a coffinish enclosure over it m...
by sharpstick
Sun Jul 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

. . . I believe he said doubling up the pads gives a larger surface area for the tube ring up top to drip, and will help hold it in centered in place. The thinner pads are cheaper, so that works for me. :mrgreen: I put spacers between the pads and the bucket walls. If not, the air flowing in just p...
by sharpstick
Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

One option for versatility is to use 12 VDC fan and pumps and get a 110VAC to 12VDC converter. This is safer because you don't have 110V near the water, and if you come back from year to year with or without shore power, you will be equipped. (I also recommend spare components. The playa gods requir...
by sharpstick
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:45 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: How many gallons of water for evaporative cooling?
Replies: 14
Views: 2717

Re: How many gallons of water for evaporative cooling?

. . . As long as it's clean cooler water, I take it gladly. Sometimes I add just a few drops of bleach to keep it fresh. No problems. Key phrase, "as long as it's clean". I would surprised to find much clean melt water. We religiously put our ice into large industrial 12mil zip baggies to keep it c...
by sharpstick
Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Cooling a 64Ft Parachute Dome
Replies: 10
Views: 1320

Re: Cooling a 64Ft Parachute Dome

gaminwench wrote:FWIW, parachutes are not UV protective; you get shade, but no sunscreen protection. Adding Aluminet would counter this.
Generally, parachutes are one big greenhouse unless you line it with a completely opaque inner layer.
by sharpstick
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:15 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

by sharpstick
Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Cooling a 64Ft Parachute Dome
Replies: 10
Views: 1320

Re: Cooling a 64Ft Parachute Dome

translucent parachute makes for a great greenhouse, and is hard to fasten down because it doesn't fight tightly to anything.
by sharpstick
Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:09 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: swamp cooler with tent inside a tent?
Replies: 15
Views: 3164

Re: swamp cooler with tent inside a tent?

I've been using a tent within a tent since '03. Adding a swamp cooler is my next upgrade. I fly in from florida, so weight and volume is a major issue. I used a 3 season full fly 3 person tent that would seal up over my air mattress inside a cheap cabin tent with shade overhead. Worked well for a wh...
by sharpstick
Sun Jun 26, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Shiny foil inside your tent
Replies: 45
Views: 7237

Re: Shiny foil inside your tent

(waking up this old thread) so, how did this work out last year? Your original post was a reasonably intelligent question asking if anyone actually had any real world playa experience one way or another. The majority of replies were more theoretical statements, (some more or less educated), and a lo...
by sharpstick
Thu Jun 25, 2015 11:32 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Sealing the mesh on your tent
Replies: 17
Views: 2504

Re: Sealing the mesh on your tent

I bought a cheap Target cabin tent, with a short rain fly and full screen ceiling. Don't know what I was thinking. It was a windy year, the dust just blew up under the fly and dumped all over the tent. For the next year, I cut two pieces of ripstop nylon , glued it overlapping the screen ceiling, ta...
by sharpstick
Mon May 04, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Lasers in the eye - Serious injury, Please Read
Replies: 77
Views: 11094

Re: Lasers in the eye - Serious injury, Please Read

lasers will still be allowed on art cars and stationary camps, but they must be inspected and registered.
by sharpstick
Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Lasers in the eye - Serious injury, Please Read
Replies: 77
Views: 11094

Re: Lasers in the eye - Serious injury, Please Read

Dear everyone kvetching, Shut the fuck up and let someone who has personally been injured by a laser to step forward. . . . 2014 burn night. A ranger on perimeter duty was taken to Reno after being painted with a laser from the crowd. Permanent full blindness resulted in one eye and partial blindne...
by sharpstick
Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:32 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens
Replies: 57
Views: 16809

Re: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens

sharpstick wrote:The paint has completely enclosed the mesh. It might crack, or stick to itself, but I don't think it will go anywhere. I'll report in September.
It worked great. It sealed better than any fabric.
by sharpstick
Sun Jul 27, 2014 8:15 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens
Replies: 57
Views: 16809

Re: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens

The paint has completely enclosed the mesh. It might crack, or stick to itself, but I don't think it will go anywhere. I'll report in September.
by sharpstick
Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens
Replies: 57
Views: 16809

Re: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens

I used ripstop nylon, tackstitched every foot or so with gorilla tape along all the edges. That lasted a couple years as a playa tent before the tape started to come loose. Ripstop does allow a small amount of fine playa dust to pass through. I ended up covering the entire ceiling and hanging down a...
by sharpstick
Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

but it will accumulate on the pad, requiring rinsing.
by sharpstick
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

the inner ceiling should help by reducing the vollume that you are cooling, as well as separating the upper layer of hot air from the lower area. and the more you partition off your cooled area with a wall (say around your bed), the cooler it should be. (see my earlier comments on my bed tent of abo...
by sharpstick
Wed Jun 18, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

If possible, surround the intake area with a windbreak of some sort, around and above. I think that if you can slow down the wind, much the dust will drop out before it reaches the intake. (think of breathing behind a bandana. (or that araby cloth thing whatsitcalled). Keep it out of the sun(no brai...
by sharpstick
Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

I do the same thing, but my "bed tent" encloses the entire air mattress with overlapping flap. supported from the tent frame with a bamboo crossbar. i estimate less than 50 cu ft of space to cool.
by sharpstick
Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:37 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

a hexagon or higher order polygon is more efficient and would experience less turbulence. nah, i'm just bullshittin ya.
a knife will work if you're desperate. if possible, that might go easier if you start the corners with a drill hole. and a wood chisel might work better.
by sharpstick
Sun Jun 01, 2014 10:15 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

Maybe. But not fun. Probably take a few hours. Do you have a sabre saw?
by sharpstick
Wed May 28, 2014 7:34 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

Using your car battery risks a dead battery by burn day. Car batteries aren't designed to be run down as much as DC ones. A small deep cycle battery keeps it separate. Carry along a small charger if you can find someone with a gennie to charge it up midweek or so. This doesn't work for me because I ...
by sharpstick
Fri May 23, 2014 4:59 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

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Ready to dry it out and box up.
by sharpstick
Fri May 23, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

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by sharpstick
Thu May 22, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

I tested my cooler today. outdoors, Florida: humidity 49% (reported by wundergrond) ambient temp 86.2 output temp 75.2 difference 11.0 indoors humidity 48% (by meter) ambient temp 78.8 output temp 71.0 difference 7.8 I think I saw somewhere that the higher the ambient temp, the greater difference yo...
by sharpstick
Thu May 22, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

Put a second bucket next to it with a hose(about 3/8") arching over from one to the other. (no holes, just fill with water and it will siphon over. doubles your capacity. or add a third . . .
also most pumps will burn up if you run them dry.
by sharpstick
Thu May 22, 2014 5:57 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

orientation is not a variable. It was only long enough in one direction, unless I buy a new larger piece and start over. I am gluing poly foam wedge spacers to the cage on 4 sides to keep it centered in the bucket. Then I'm putting wire nagers on it to loop over the holes to hold it firm to the lid...
by sharpstick
Wed May 21, 2014 2:19 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

orientation is not a variable. It was only long enough in one direction, unless I buy a new larger piece and start over. I am gluing poly foam wedge spacers to the cage on 4 sides to keep it centered in the bucket. Then I'm putting wire nagers on it to loop over the holes to hold it firm to the lid(...
by sharpstick
Wed May 21, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

50% humidity. I fired it up and got less than 2 degrees drop, but then I discovered that the pad didn't go all the way to the lid so air was passing above it. I pulled the whole thing apart and discovered that the pad had folded up at the bottom and had collapsed. It doesn't appear to be stiff enoug...
by sharpstick
Sun May 18, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4113
Views: 900556

Re: cooling your tent or van

I just got my pad from Sims. final assembly tomorrow. I'll test it in the house with AC on so humidity is lower.

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