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by Sharky
Thu Jun 11, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

Re: Great Shade Structure Source!

I just made a blog entry with an update on our original North Pole Shade Tent that we purchased and took to the Playa back in 2008. Nothing really new to report other than it has held up great! Here's a link to the blog page I put up today: http://sharky-fourbees.blogspot.com/2015/06/north-pole-shad...
by Sharky
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:29 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

"As I look more at sharkys tent it has screen in the archways. I would guess it also has a floor and doors that close like a regular tent."

Just thought I'd add that there is no floor............. so actually it's more of a shade structure than tent.
by Sharky
Thu Feb 21, 2008 12:25 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

Speculation........

The smaller North Star Tent has a very heavy, 3 piece center pole with a flat metal plate welded on the bottom. There is a hole for a stake in each corner (I may enlarge them to take a longer and heavier stake). There are mesh panels that zip open and these should provide a bit of difused sade-light...
by Sharky
Wed Feb 06, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

Hey there neighbor! Our campmates camped next to you last year..........little travel trailer and the mobile theater ....(we were right across the street). Sounds like we may run into you again next year! If you drop me an email off-thread, I'll email a couple of pics I have of "the old neighborhood...
by Sharky
Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:58 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

After looking at the dimensional photo-diagram of MozyBonz's tent, and comparing it to the North Pole Shade Tent specs., they appear to be very similar in size and dimension. The North Pole Tent is only 12.5 feet high as compared to 16.5 for the Star Tent. The North Pole Tent is 30 feet by 30 feet a...
by Sharky
Wed Feb 06, 2008 5:05 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

Hey I recognize that shade structure! We camped across the street from MozyBonz, in Hushville last year. We had the army green parachute dome! We were totally sold on these structures after seeing yours in action on the Playa! We went for the budget model this year (couldn't pass up that price). See...
by Sharky
Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:31 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

We camped across from a large, commercial grade version of this last year, about half again as big, and it did fantastic. I know that it is a "lighter" version, but I have no problems placing my bets on this one. The center pole is twice as heavy as a "Costco Parking Tent" and about the same diamete...
by Sharky
Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:46 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Great Shade Structure Source!
Replies: 111
Views: 54058

Great Shade Structure Source!

We decided to retire our dome after four years on the Playa and find a new shade structure that would be quick and easy for two people to set up and break down, pack, and is easy to transport........ oh yes, and the cost couldn't break the bank. Well I think we found it! We bought a large shade stru...
by Sharky
Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:30 pm
Forum: 2008 Art & Performance
Topic: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art 2008 edition
Replies: 73
Views: 21081

Great to hear you'll be back again! The Home For Wayward Art rocks! We look for you every year and always have a few pieces to drop off, and inevitably end up leaving with a cherished piece as well :)
We'll get crackin' on this year's Godzilla theme!
Can't wait ...............
by Sharky
Sat Jan 19, 2008 5:12 pm
Forum: 2008 Theme Camps
Topic: BIKE ROCK CITY 2008
Replies: 28
Views: 9970

Playa Wobbles

In 2005, the front wheel hub on my wife's bike froze up while out cruising the Playa....... had to drag it in a skid back to camp where I backed off the cones until the wheel just sort of wobbled, but rotated. The bearings were shot, probably from mega-abuse and neglect before we hit the Playa! From...
by Sharky
Wed May 16, 2007 6:19 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Biking to Burning Man 2007
Replies: 23
Views: 9313

Bike Bag

I am an adicted biker off-Playa and I would absolutely love to have one of my favorite rides out on the Playa, but I've seen what the Playa dust does to bikes first hand through the years.............. After reading this thread the other day, I had an idea. I'm not sure if it'd work or is practical,...
by Sharky
Mon Aug 14, 2006 7:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Huge Parachutes!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

Well.... ahhhhh, let's see......... I didn't know they were a source before now because they never carried them in the past?
:wink:
by Sharky
Sun Aug 13, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Huge Parachutes!!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1127

Huge Parachutes!!!!

I just found a great source for huge US military surplus cargo parachutes. These babies are 64 feet across and would make fantastic dome covers or shade structures......... They are being sold by The Sportsman's Guide and you can purchase them off of the web: www.sportsmansguide.com They are $89.97 ...
by Sharky
Sat Jul 29, 2006 6:59 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Advice on Tents
Replies: 22
Views: 5196

Our first year we took two tents, one was a quite nice tent with lots of ventilation and mesh, the second was an old canvas tent with canvas sewn over all of the windows (to use as a storage tent). The first night the wind blew like hell and we woke up with the inside of the tent the same color as t...
by Sharky
Tue Apr 18, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: wood construction question
Replies: 13
Views: 4000

Lag bolts or lag screws work great. Pre-drill your holes a little under size and then screw it together. The great thing about lags is that they have a standard bolt type head on them so you can use a standard socket and ratchet to put 'em in and take 'em out. This saves the screw head from strippin...
by Sharky
Tue Apr 18, 2006 11:59 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Favorite Tool
Replies: 46
Views: 9502

If you're doing woodwork...... it would have to be my low angle block plane. With one of these babies you can plane across knots, end grain and against the grain without tearing out chunks. Oh yes and my old fashioned hand crank drill and a hand full of bits. A drill like this is great on the Playa,...
by Sharky
Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:12 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Trailers!
Replies: 0
Views: 1025

Bike Trailers!

I just posted this as a reply over on the "share resources" page, but I think it fits best here........ hope it's useful! Here's a great link to a bike page that has just about everything you need to build, buy or modify in the world of bike trailers. Great DIY stuff including hitches and complete t...
by Sharky
Tue Apr 18, 2006 6:00 am
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: Bicycle Modification
Replies: 21
Views: 12562

Here's a great link to a bike page that has just about everything you need to build, buy or modify in the world of bike trailers. Great DIY stuff including hitches and complete trailer plans, etc. http://bikecart.pedalpeople.com/links.html Here's another: http://www.re-cycle.org/trailer/ A fantastic...
by Sharky
Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:54 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: second year burnout?
Replies: 36
Views: 8980

2004 was my first year.... went with my wife and had an absolutely mind blowing and life changing time! Everything seemed more intense, crisper and unknown............ Last year I decided to commit fully to an art project and actually pulled it off! The second year's experience was definitely differ...
by Sharky
Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:25 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Avoiding the thump
Replies: 27
Views: 9243

Just think of it as the heartbeat and pulse of the city, smile and realize that in a week you'll actually start missing it!
by Sharky
Wed Aug 24, 2005 10:19 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: shot in the dark...last minute gift ideas?
Replies: 18
Views: 5472

First timers should never worry too much about gifting. Really. Go enjoy the event and don't stress about gifts. I agree! Your first year it's tough enough just getting and keeping your own "survival act" together. It's tough to imagine the actual Playa and the whole "gifting" scene until you've ac...
by Sharky
Fri Aug 05, 2005 11:12 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Better shade material: Camo netting or tarps w/holes?
Replies: 27
Views: 10897

Sharky, where did you get your parachutes from and what size(s) do you have? I bought them from "Major Surplus & Survival", mail order. http://www.majorsurplusnsurvival.com They have a great military surplus catalog and on line catalog, great prices too. I believe the chutes are 35' standard US mil...
by Sharky
Fri Aug 05, 2005 6:49 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Better shade material: Camo netting or tarps w/holes?
Replies: 27
Views: 10897

We use a 16' PVC dome with two ex-army green cargo parachutes thrown over it. The double layer of chutes really blocks out the sunlight, and the vent holes in the top let out the heat. We use plastic spring clamps to hold the sides up during the day. By rolling up one or both layers, on one side or ...
by Sharky
Tue Jul 26, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: White Cammo Tarps
Replies: 20
Views: 8424

Why gosh........ thanks! :lol:
At this rate BRC will paved in white!
by Sharky
Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:21 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Anthropomorphism
Replies: 30
Views: 10627

Yesterday a little squirel cashed it in by throwing himself in front of my cat. We live on a very quiet street with very little vehicle traffic, so it appears the desperate little critter had to settle for the cat.
by Sharky
Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:12 am
Forum: 2011 Share Resources
Topic: Water purchase on the playa?
Replies: 40
Views: 15120

Just a thought, but if you do purchase non-potable water that is delivered, you may want to find out what the water is being hauled in. If it is a tank truck, it could have been used for hauling just about anything before they fill it up with your water! Even if the water has been pulled out of a ri...
by Sharky
Thu Jul 14, 2005 7:00 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: A tent to survive the desert ?
Replies: 57
Views: 24494

I have to agree that the mylar option sounds good on paper, but doesn't work on the Playa. We tried using a couple of space blankets to cover our tent and found that the noise from the wind blowing the mylar was very anoying right up to the time the wind took them apart! It was right after that when...
by Sharky
Thu Jun 30, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Burn Countdown vs. YOUR Countdown?
Replies: 15
Views: 2830

It's all realative!

I have found that time is all relative...........on the Playa it seems that time is suspended, then time creeps by slowly as soon as we pull off the Playa and it passes faster and faster the closer we get to pulling out of the driveway for the next burn! My "official" count down time marker is Monda...
by Sharky
Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:05 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: RUGS and the air we breath
Replies: 35
Views: 8193

We use a large canvas drop cloth that covers the Playa floor area of our dome. It is actually a couple of pieces sewn together with the edges finished with stitching. The canvas has been painted with off white latex paint and then a faux tapestry pattern painted on top of that. It works great, looks...
by Sharky
Wed Jun 15, 2005 11:03 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Parade Of Domes 2005
Replies: 59
Views: 12918

We'll be back with our 16 foot PVC, parachute dome. We'll be camped with Hushville as well!

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