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by uski
Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tips for renting cars under age 25
Replies: 27
Views: 4019

Re: Tips for renting cars under age 25

Uski! That was an amazing pack job! Also, what is the material you used on your monkey hut? I like the way it seemed to form almost a door at the end there... It's a "heavy duty" silver/brown tarp, bigger than the monkey hut. We folded the extra tarp to form a "door", and held i...
by uski
Sun Jan 29, 2012 4:26 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: How many burns does your PVC last (for Monkeyhuts)?
Replies: 13
Views: 2257

Re: How many burns does your PVC last (for Monkeyhuts)?

I made a Monkey Hut for my first burn last time I went. It was real good... But having to dispose of all this PVC does not seem to be eco-friendly at all : http://archive.greenpeace.org/toxics/html/content/pvc3.html (this is Greenpeace, they might exagerate a bit, but it's true that recycling PVC is...
by uski
Sun Jan 29, 2012 3:29 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: electric motor "duty cycle" question
Replies: 8
Views: 1369

Re: electric motor "duty cycle" question

Duty cycle generally exists because of two things : - Temperature (motors emit quite a bit of heat) - Wearing of the bearings/gears/whatever with regard to the rated life of the device (i.e. if the device is rated 5 years at duty cycle 20%, it'll only be 1 year at 100%, assuming you can cool the dev...
by uski
Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Tips for renting cars under age 25
Replies: 27
Views: 4019

Re: Tips for renting cars under age 25

If it helps : Two years ago, I went to BRC with a friend. I was under 25 and he was under 21, and we are not US residents, so they don't even wanted to add my friend as a second driver, and we were supposed to pay a fee because I was not 25. So we prepared to pay the $25/day surcharge... but turns o...
by uski
Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: WTF happen to the "pulse" exodus thing?
Replies: 66
Views: 7471

The only thing I didn't like about Exodus at the time was that I had no idea how long it would take. No signs (excepted at the end), almost no announcements on the radio, nothing. I really, really had no idea at all that it was going to take 4-5 hours (left monday at 10am...) First timers need clues...
by uski
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: LED sequencing/supplies
Replies: 99
Views: 10652

So...questions. I've got tons of LED's and cool projects I can do over here. What kind of soldering iron / gun do you use for your projects? And how did you learn to use it? Can you recommend any books or guides of any kind? As it was already mentionned, a CLEAN and TINNED tip makes all the differe...
by uski
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:23 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Drive safe to Burning Man
Replies: 6
Views: 1234

I've seen lots of people driving recklessly while returning on monday. I always leave some space between my car and the one in front me so that if someone decide to pass me, he can always pull back in front of me. However if 5-6 dumbasses decide to start passing together, they will NOT be able to pu...
by uski
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: EL Wire Driver Interference
Replies: 18
Views: 7397

I can help you but I need to know :
1) What was the power consumption of the inverters ?
2) What was the approximate frequency of the noise ? (very approximately! 200, 500, 1000, 2000 Hz...)
3) Are you sure the inverters you were using were designed to drive the length of EL wire you were using ?
by uski
Fri Sep 17, 2010 8:03 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: A few things that worked REALLY well...
Replies: 101
Views: 11377

This is about our 2-person camp, made of a big monkeyhut housing two tents and our stuff. Here's what worked: The monkeyhut . Awesome. Using 24" stakes (not rebar) (Lowes item 9883 model 655122). Our tarp was a bit too big tho, so it prevented the hot air from leaving. Get the right tarp! Solar...
by uski
Fri Sep 10, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: More injuries this year?
Replies: 25
Views: 3309

This was my first burn and I was extremely surprised to see so many people unlit at night (bikes and pedestrians). I think this is totally irresponsible and having lights should be mandatory (come on, two $2 bike lights are enough, one on the front and one on the back - also works for people and I'v...
by uski
Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:59 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Solar charging - question (2 batteries, 1 controller)
Replies: 18
Views: 7919

All lead acid batteries have an internal resistance. When you connect two in parallel there is some seepage before the voltage is equalized UNLESS there is a 13.8V DC source dumping current into the circuit. Then its just a parallel resistor network. Lead-acid batteries have a very low internal res...
by uski
Thu Aug 26, 2010 9:27 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Solar charging - question (2 batteries, 1 controller)
Replies: 18
Views: 7919

Re: Solar charging - question (2 batteries, 1 controller)

Question : Any safety (or other) concerns with just hooking the SLA battery in parallel with the deep-cycle one by day to charge it, given their different chemistries and charge levels? DO NOT EVER do this UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. If you connect the two batteries in parallel, the one which is the mo...
by uski
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:37 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Where can I buy a last minute shade structure in Reno?
Replies: 16
Views: 2300

Reno's closer, our sales tax is less and you wont have to haul it as far. Just sayin' :wink: I'm flying into San Fran on Friday evening. I plan to do my shopping there on Saturday, and to drive to BRC on Sunday. I'm not sure how I can do the shopping in Reno :/ Are stores open on Sunday ? If so, I ...
by uski
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:39 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Where can I buy a last minute shade structure in Reno?
Replies: 16
Views: 2300

http://www.chromatest.net/Lovemonkey/ Virgin here - I plan to buy the materials needed to build a monkeyhut on Saturday. Lowe's has some nice tarps http://www.lowes.com/pd_187740-89425-M14142030_0_?productId=3115381 It _seems_ that they also have the other bits needed. However we'll buy our stuff a...
by uski
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:51 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: In enquiry LED strings… Powerpacks, Solar Panel, Inverter
Replies: 8
Views: 1910

You can use LED strings such as these: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6488~r.78212949 (actually bought 5 of them) I've found they run quite well at 3.4V, and don't use as much current as they do at 4.5V (nominal voltage). Plan for 300mA @ 3.4V per LED string, this is 1.02W Use a step-down...
by uski
Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: GPS coordinates of a given point in map
Replies: 9
Views: 1351

Thanks to you all for your replies!

I'm coming from overseas and it's reassuring to know at least where I'm going.
by uski
Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:18 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: GPS coordinates of a given point in map
Replies: 9
Views: 1351

From Burning Man Facebook page:
"BIG NEWS: The Golden Spike (the spot on which the Man is built, and from which Black Rock City is surveyed) is in the ground!"

==> Where are those GPS coordinates? :)
by uski
Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:50 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Emergency foil blanket as a shade cloth?
Replies: 21
Views: 3405

For a cheaper alternative you could use regular shade cloth, which is basically the same as aluminet but without the shiny stuff. Something like this shade cloth should work well. It will let wind through and be much more quiet than tarps. Good idea! Does anyone know a good way of assembling severa...
by uski
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:06 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Emergency foil blanket as a shade cloth?
Replies: 21
Views: 3405

I plan on having all the tension on ropes, and attaching my shade material (whatever it is) to the rope. It's true that mylar can be quite noisy... I found some all-purpose tarp at Home Depot , and I'll probably end up using this because it's cheap. And it looks like it's sturdy enough to go through...
by uski
Sun Jul 18, 2010 7:58 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: GPS coordinates of a given point in map
Replies: 9
Views: 1351

Oh ok, I thought the golden spike has already been put in!

I'll bump this thread in early-mid august then :)

Thanks
by uski
Sun Jul 18, 2010 3:24 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: GPS coordinates of a given point in map
Replies: 9
Views: 1351

GPS coordinates of a given point in map

Hi,

I'm looking for precise GPS coordinates of one or two points of the official map so that I can georeference it and put it into my GPS.

I know some people are getting in early, maybe the could publish that information ?

Thanks
by uski
Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Emergency foil blanket as a shade cloth?
Replies: 21
Views: 3405

Many thanks for your comments! It's helpful. I'm not familiar with the materials available in the major US stores. Is there some reasonnably good shade cloth available in one of the "big names" stores? Home Depot, Walmart, ...? I heard about Aluminet but it costs like $150 and I can't put ...
by uski
Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Emergency foil blanket as a shade cloth?
Replies: 21
Views: 3405

Emergency foil blanket as a shade cloth?

Hi everyone! We are 2 first time burners planning to fly to BM from overseas. We plan on bringing two small tents, and on building a tensegrity shade structure like this one: Camp Elsewhere's Tensegrity Shade Structures Will emergency mylar-foil blanket work as the shade cloth? Any other suggestion?...

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