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by kman
Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Canoe wrote:
ratkins wrote:... wish I'd never bothered even trying to use foil tape for edging, it was way too narrow and I had to go over most of them with 3" tape...

3" 2.7mil foil tape.

Correctamundo...
by kman
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

Well THIS thread just got more interesting... :twisted:

EDIT: Wow, those mods move FAST!
by kman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:12 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

I get my tarps at Harbor Freight. Thick as possible. I shop ahead, though, and keep an eye out for sales. Much cheaper than paying full price... think of it this way, you now have a just over year to shop for next year's tarp. ;) We used this: http://www.harborfreight.com/15-ft-2-inch-x-19-ft-6-inch...
by kman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Kman, why would you edge the panels with bi-directional tape? Strength isn't necessary for edging any more than the original foil on the sides of the panels is. I just think of the edging in the same terms as the facing that comes on the panels. Actually, you might be right. I can't recall. And I'v...
by kman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:17 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts / Re-Taping?

THANKS! When you said that, " We tape the edges with foil tape. We tape the hinged panels with 6" bi-directional filament tape." -- does this mean that you don't tape the edges with the bi-directional tape - cuz everywhere it says tape all edges with bi-directional... or do you tape ...
by kman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Winds blow HARD on the playa. Those magnets had better be REALLY strong. Right. Well, there are two things to worry about, the door blowing in, and the door blowing out. To prevent the door blowing in, I cut the door jamb at a 45 degree angle, so that the structure of the door jamb itself will keep...
by kman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 11:14 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

I'm also working on sewing a burlap sleeve for the 3-4 feet of tube that will be exposed to the sun on mine. Soak sleeve in water, it will help cool the vent tube to reduce temperature increase due to heat exchange. That's why I went with the insulated AC flex ducting instead of the standard dryer ...
by kman
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

Question: Could I turn greywater into something safe to use in a swamp cooler using a backpacking-style hand pumped water filter? (I can think of two potential problems... one, the filter might simply clog up, or two, it might not get all the yuck out of the water...) Yes, this should work, with a ...
by kman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:03 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Winds blow HARD on the playa.

Those magnets had better be REALLY strong.
by kman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

First of all, thank you figjam, kman, et al for all the awesome work and posts on this. I have read everything (twice) from the beginning and I have all my parts in hand or on the way in the mail. My question though is specifically about venting my hexayurt. Is it sufficient to just have my "w...
by kman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:47 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Yeah. The weather was BAD last year, for the early builders and those who arrived Monday. And COLD for the first day or so! That's the thing about Burning Man, though, you have to be prepared to ANYTHING! We did get that amazing double rainbow, however. That rocked! http://img850.imageshack.us/img85...
by kman
Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:21 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Actually, we DID fight lift last year in the storms that went through during the build, and on Monday. On the one yurt that wasn't staked down quite firmly enough, the wind actually snuck under the yurt and lifted the entire thing. The stakes held fine, however, the yurt did lift a couple of inches,...
by kman
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

I am sure this has been addressed a bunch of times, but I still need to ask: For a standard 8 ft hexayurt, is it sufficient to use just a total of 6, 18inch, J-shaped rebar stakes? It would be one at each corner tied down through the tape anchor method. I have seen others that use 12 of these, but ...
by kman
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:06 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

I'm curious about this fan: http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=2945 It's PWM, so you may need a controller for it to work correctly, which adds to the cost, but it's reasonably-priced. Not a huge CFM rating, but it's got good oomf... the static pressure rating is 3.90 mmH2O and i...
by kman
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:29 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

not enough air pushed i assume then? If I buy the solar with battery indicated above I could splice a couple computer fans in place of the unneeded LED light it comes with... only thing is I won't be able/have time to test it as I'd have to get it shipped to reno (yes my own fault for waiting so lo...
by kman
Wed Aug 17, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

I would really give up the idea of an off-the-shelf battery powered fan. None of them have enough oompf to move the kind of air that's needed. The problem is you're moving air through a restriction... the wet pad. So a fan that feels great in the open air, if it doesn't have the raw power behind it,...
by kman
Wed Aug 17, 2011 10:02 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

Can I use a small solar power water pump and a battery operated tent fan? Both are going to be pretty underpowered. If you want to run them via a solar system, then a regular 12V fan and a 12V pump (as listed in the first post) and a medium sized panel (20-30 watts) would work pretty well. The dema...
by kman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

But here's my question: Have any of you used recycled grey water in swamp cooler? I'm thinking it needs to be filtered and then sit with bleach til no more smell before going in cooler. Am I right? Should I pour through charcoal filter in that process somewhere? I'm sorry if this is something that'...
by kman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:11 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

Can I use a small solar power water pump and a battery operated tent fan? Not if you expect it to do any good. The battery-operated tent fan will give you a nice breeze, but doesn't have the strength needed to pull air through the moist pad in the way needed to produce the actual swamp cooling effe...
by kman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:09 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

So I am ready to start doing some pre-assembly, and am trying to figure out the best way. I know I am going to do the semi-folding option with tape hinges for the roof. But I am building a yurt with 6' high walls and to make that semi-folding I would need to make my transport 'package' 6'x8' and th...
by kman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

you can do most of it with one other person, maybe alone. you will need at least 4 people to lift the roof up, but will only take a couple minutes. 4 people is nice, but it can be done fairly easily with 3 reasonably-strong people as well. (meaning 3 small women of less-than-average strength would ...
by kman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

I would love to build a bucket cooler for my tent. Last year, camping was great. Built a great shade structure, but when it came to the tent it was sweltering by morning, and being the light sleeper that I am... I was up every day at 8am having gone to bed at 4am/5am that morning. I was dead tired ...
by kman
Tue Aug 16, 2011 8:52 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

FIGJAM wrote:Walmart has a spray on fabric adhesive that I like.

I would use some old tee shirt material cut to size and if you set up the tent it will be easy to apply.

Will that adhesive hold up in the heat? Many don't. Tent fabric will get pretty hot during the course of the day... every day.
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:24 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

This is a link for dura-cool https://www.simsupply.com/casearch.aspx?SearchTerm=dura-cool FIGJAM, your link didn't work for me and I was searching duracool rather than dura-cool. All my materials have been procured or are in transit. It's a waiting game now. PS when I went to my local Home Depot in...
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

If you do the tapered edges, can you fold a piece of your super tape over the tapered edge to permanently protect it? You protect the edges with tape same as with the classic designs. We also went a step further and used foil tape over the 6" 3M stuff, which adds UV protection to the tape. (no...
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

OK. Thanks. I've also seen some done there with tape hinges and spacing of the hinges as opposed to mitering. I think if one or our yurts comes to the point of needing replacement, we might experiment with one of those styles, though probably not the mitered hinges. We have the setup down pat with ...
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Are these "pop up" yurts with the mitered edges? Mitered edges are a pain in the ass to make. If your planning on using the yurt for more than one year, I'm sure you'll find those edges to be a weak point. that material isn't the strongest to begin with, and and mitered edges just seem to...
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 224223

Re: HexaYurts

Mitered edges are a pain in the ass to make. If your planning on using the yurt for more than one year, I'm sure you'll find those edges to be a weak point. that material isn't the strongest to begin with, and and mitered edges just seem to me would easily be damaged. I'll certainly agree with the ...
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:46 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

\\ Those pads look a lot like the ones I use in the big 50gallon koi/coy fish filter.. I use the blue on the outside coil and a charcoal on the inside.. Look similar, but probably quite different. Filters like that aren't designed to assist with evaporation. We're not talking about large amounts of...
by kman
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:02 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4067
Views: 838718

Re: cooling your tent or van

3. No duracool pads in cali, guess i can order online unless you have another suggestion Perhaps you mean NoCal... I've found Duracool pads at 3 local Home Depots down here in the LA area, and last I checked, we're still "cali". ;) OTOH, I've also seen (and heard of) a number Home Depots ...

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