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by Hondovious
Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:17 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Does Swamp cooler water need to be clean?
Replies: 30
Views: 5322

Re: Does Swamp cooler water need to be clean?

I used ice melt from a not very well managed cooler my first year, once, and the swamp cooler smelled for the rest of the event. I now use those XL 2ftx2ft ziploc bags to keep my ice in and it is perfect for drinking or the swamp cooler after it melts. Much easier to keep the ice separate from every...
by Hondovious
Thu Sep 04, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 716
Views: 58173

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

One thing I'm not totally clear on, it looks like the 2 link chain would slip off the lag screw really easily. I saw someone say you use a washer to widen the top of the screw and reduce the risk of the chain getting away. Is that standard? Someone else mentioned a weld, that's beyond most folks ca...
by Hondovious
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Playa Conditions 2014
Replies: 285
Views: 16752

Re: Playa Conditions 2014

The lightning strike was confirmed to me by several Rangers. I also heard it was in an art car, and that the person was injured but okay. The rest of the details I don't know. Two art cars were hit. The Mayan Warrior and the new steampunk ship whose name I cannot remember. I believe the person hit ...
by Hondovious
Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:39 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 716
Views: 58173

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I brought a box of 50 3/8" - 14" long lag screws and converted almost my entire village of 170+ people. I spent a bunch of time at HD cutting 2 link pieces of chain to attach guy wires, but never actually used them. Still nice to have. We did get a fair amount of rust on them with the rain...
by Hondovious
Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 716
Views: 58173

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

[quote="FIGJAM"]Then I vote impact driver as you don't want something that brakes up the underplaya on install. It's why the lags work so well in the first place. 8)[/quote] Precisely.. You don't nail in screws for a very good reason, because you lose the benefit of threads and just have n...
by Hondovious
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Consensus of Opinion - Lag Bolts 90 deg. or Angled?
Replies: 7
Views: 724

Re: Consensus of Opinion - Lag Bolts 90 deg. or Angled?

Not both. No. Not with lag bolts. Here's the short version. Normal tent stakes fail by pulling out without bending or snapping. To make them stronger you make sure the guyline is pulling perpendicular to the stake by setting the stake at an angle. This works reasonably well for shallow sets in a co...
by Hondovious
Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:12 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: hexayurt with AC, do I need an additional vent?
Replies: 29
Views: 8305

Re: hexayurt with AC, do I need an additional vent?

I'm building a hexayurt this year and I'll have a portable AC unit inside. It's 8000btu's, the portable kind that has a single hose for exhaust, here's a link to the unit: http://amzn.com/B006YG683C What I'm not sure about is if I need another vent somewhere on the hexayurt? My initial thoughts wer...
by Hondovious
Thu May 23, 2013 10:10 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: The Moopiest Thing I've Ever Seen On The Playa Is...
Replies: 61
Views: 12280

Re: The Moopiest Thing I've Ever Seen On The Playa Is...

Lots of stuff turned up from last year. When we were unloading during early entry I saw all these black chips. Crawled around and they were the remnants of some long ago fire. Scattered all over the area. I was picking them up all week. Actually from what I understand there are 3 sites for BM, used...
by Hondovious
Sun May 12, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 223400

Re: HexaYurts

im a hexa noob and I heard that hexayurt tape gets crusty after a few weeks on the playa. will i run into any tape related problems if i make it a couple months before bm and store it in my garage? You will be fine, that is how we all do it. Tape all of the edges, and most of of us pre-tape the wal...
by Hondovious
Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Inflatable mattresses: what is awesome?
Replies: 42
Views: 8678

Re: Inflatable mattresses: what is awesome?

I've never been one to want inflatable mattresses. There seems to be no way to determine if the one you get will be any good — regardless of price. But I'm trying to increase confort and cut down on weight and space. So what do people use that is astonishingly good? What is easy to set up and take ...
by Hondovious
Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:15 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 223400

Re: HexaYurts

Nice set-up, Hondovious - what size yurt is that? It is an H15. Standard hexayurt with 2' added to each wall for height. I added the 2' sections permanently, but if you are concerned about room transporting it you can always add them on playa. We bring out an art car on a trailer so we have the roo...
by Hondovious
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:55 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Any word on playa conditions for 2013?
Replies: 219
Views: 20854

Any word on playa conditions for 2013?

Anyone know if there was much snow, or if it was ever packed down at all? Searched and couldn't find a topic for this year..
by Hondovious
Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:34 pm
Forum: 2013 Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Advice for our Mutant Vehicle
Replies: 28
Views: 4608

Re: Advice for our Mutant Vehicle

I would vote for an old Ford Bronco. Tons of late 80s and early 90s ones on Craigslist for very reasonable prices. Can handle a lot of weight, and there are tons of them in bone yards for used parts. I have had and worked on many. Super easy. Tons of room in the engine bay, and with decent sized tir...
by Hondovious
Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Water Delivery
Replies: 22
Views: 8983

Water Delivery

So last year I saw several people getting water delivered in 275 gallon IBC totes. Did anyone do this? What company supplies these? From what I understand the will deliver it, pick it up when you are done with whatever grey water you might have left in it. Or maybe there are separate totes for clean...
by Hondovious
Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:53 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: A message from your playa bars: **BRING MIXERS!!**
Replies: 54
Views: 10730

Re: A message from your playa bars: **BRING MIXERS!!**

Sometimes I want to beat myself for being so lazy. I bought one of those weeks b4 xmas for the holiday drinks. It's still in the box. Maybe today hey....... Now you've got a place to use it and it runs on batteries! WOOHOO! Just wondering, I suppose it will only work with the special bottles, huh? ...
by Hondovious
Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: A message from your playa bars: **BRING MIXERS!!**
Replies: 54
Views: 10730

Re: A message from your playa bars: **BRING MIXERS!!**

They don't require power, which is great. Just a battery for the LEDs depending on your model. There are two sizes of CO2 canisters you can get. One makes 30L and the other makes 60L of soda water. Yes, only do water to carbonate, you can flavor after with little syrup packets they sell or fruit jui...
by Hondovious
Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:49 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: A message from your playa bars: **BRING MIXERS!!**
Replies: 54
Views: 10730

Re: A message from your playa bars: **BRING MIXERS!!**

I usually just drink soda water with my liquor, and was given a soda stream this year for Xmas. I think I will be bringing it out to the playa this year as well to keep in my yurt :) They work great, and turn water into soda water in seconds. Unlimited supply. http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/assets/...
by Hondovious
Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Official starting and ending times?
Replies: 24
Views: 1952

Re: Official starting and ending times?

This year I'm planning on showing up very early Monday morning, but well after midnight. My reasoning is any lines at midnight will hopefully be non-existant around 5am {snip} As Junglesmacks said - you're kidding, right? There will be endless lines all day Monday. One year I volunteered to stay up...
by Hondovious
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Chest freezer?
Replies: 24
Views: 7550

Re: Chest freezer?

So we did bring the freezer, and it worked great. I filled it with 24 frozen gallon jugs of water, and moved 2 or 3 into our main cooler every day to keep it cold (we were on playa 12 days.) The next day we had ice cold water for drinking and the swamp cooler. We ate like royalty all week with steak...
by Hondovious
Fri Feb 15, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Has anyone used a surplus military tent?
Replies: 68
Views: 12980

Re: Has anyone used a surplus military tent?

Below is the inside of a regular tent after a dust-storm: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3062/2825645802_f5ca846755_z.jpg Ya know.... If we could get a bunch of such pictures published in the default media, I bet we would have a lot less tourists! But tourists become burners, sometimes at least.. Is...
by Hondovious
Fri Feb 15, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 223400

Re: HexaYurts

Here are some pics of my yurt from last year. We really decked out the inside since we were on playa for 12 days this year. A metro shelf with carribeaners makes a great closet mixed with some storage bins to keep out dust. We hung our playa coats off the side. We also had a chest freezer full of fr...
by Hondovious
Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:50 am
Forum: 2012 Theme Camps
Topic: ROOT SOCIETY 2012
Replies: 467
Views: 48027

Re: ROOT SOCIETY 2012

At LIB after Bassnectar went off as the last performer for the night, they played a 'Pick It Up' song and he encouraged the whole crowd to look around and pick up trash as they left, and a good portion of us did. With full lights on, everyone walked around in circles, some in ovals, and picked up wh...
by Hondovious
Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Shave your balls NOW !!
Replies: 355
Views: 72341

Re: Shave your balls NOW !!

you gotta read the reviews on this product....seriously, ya gotta!!! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veet-Men-Hair-Removal-Creme/dp/B000KKNQBK/?_encoding=UTF8&tag=sonypspguide-21&linkCode=ur2&qid=1340487042&camp=1634&sr=8-1&creative=6738 I can't remember the last time I laughed that...
by Hondovious
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:04 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 223400

Re: HexaYurts

Is anyone else starting to sweat a little bit with all of these reports of huge wind gusts every night? I have only used my yurt once, last year, which obviously wasn't much of a test. What are the MOST stable methods of support? I used the rope halo last year with 30" rebar at every corner and...
by Hondovious
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:35 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Coconut water electrolyte hydration
Replies: 48
Views: 12907

Re: Coconut water electrolyte hydration

This stuff is amazing. I use it for all camping, festivals, etc. Powdered coconut water. Mixes with water, great flavor, and no boxes or cans to deal with. If you mix a serving of this with Orange Zip Fizz and Orange Vitalyte, plus a little vodka or tequila, you have yourself the most refreshing and...
by Hondovious
Tue Aug 07, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 223400

Re: HexaYurts

wow! 2" thick panels. thats a lot of panel volume to haul up to playa :) now i am a little concerned, since i got 1" panels! So anyone who has built H15 with 1" thick panel? anyone? anyone :) I built an H15 the first time and I'm building a new one this year. If you're building one, ...
by Hondovious
Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1236
Views: 223400

Re: HexaYurts

My plans for transport... to add stiffness I've got a sheet of 1/2" CDX ply for the bottom, and a thinner piece of hardboard for the top just to protect the surface. I'll tightly wrap the whole package in a 16' x 20' tarp and ratchet it down to the roof rack (Ford Focus Wagon). Does this sound...
by Hondovious
Mon Aug 06, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Chest freezer?
Replies: 24
Views: 7550

Re: Chest freezer?

Why the f not? Many inexpensive "freezers" are designed to cool to like 31F. What we expect a freezer to do is more like 0F. Read the specs very carefully. How many hours can you be in transport with your frozen food without plugging it in? Dry ice? Plan to consume the contents in case of...
by Hondovious
Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Chest freezer?
Replies: 24
Views: 7550

Re: Chest freezer?

a friend brings a small size chest freezer, cheaply had from Sam's club, runs it on a Honda eu2K, not all day, but, it stays frozen the whole time....takes things out as needed to thaw in an ice chest, keeping drinks cold. Put it a little up off the ground on blocks, in the shade....I'd not be supe...
by Hondovious
Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Chest freezer?
Replies: 24
Views: 7550

Re: Chest freezer?

we use two regular household fridge/freezers and one 6 foot deep freezer on the playa without issue in the camp im with.. they are old and still survive.. if shit breaks.. we would just have to figure it out.. and we would.. ours are powered 24/7 What are they stored in? My only other worry is the ...

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