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by Papa Bear
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Compact Drill vs. Impact Driver for Lag Screws
Replies: 36
Views: 2357

Re: Compact Drill vs. Impact Driver for Lag Screws

I've been using the same HF impact driver (1/2" corded model) for 4 years, about 20-30 16" lags depending on camp setup. It's the 4th for mine as well (though I use 18" lags, and more like 40 of them). Part of the reason I went with it is because it was cheap enough ($34-$39 "sa...
by Papa Bear
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Time on the Playa.
Replies: 12
Views: 557

Re: Time on the Playa.

In the past, I've picked up a cheap pocket watch, and kept it attached to one of the belt loops on my kilt. Rarely checked it unless there was really a need, and it kept it out of the way otherwise This year, I got curious about how much more exercise I actually get on playa, and so took my (waterpr...
by Papa Bear
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:33 pm
Forum: Art & Performance
Topic: A solution to suicides (at the man burns/ temple burns)
Replies: 136
Views: 5285

Re: A solution to suicides (at the man burns/ temple burns)

What would have been the outcome if the individual's (close knit with enough veteran) campmates had perceived a problem and decided to accompany him everywhere, or sought out a green dot, took him to Zendo or ESD psych? So, has anyone actually seen a reliable report indicating the man in question w...
by Papa Bear
Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Likely temperature range for 2017?
Replies: 48
Views: 2183

Re: Likely temperature range for 2017?

I've also been told the humidity was relatively high - around 45%. That would explain why I was literally drenched in sweat at some points. Normally it evaporates too fast for me to ever feel sweaty.
by Papa Bear
Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Likely temperature range for 2017?
Replies: 48
Views: 2183

Re: Likely temperature range for 2017?

The thermometer at the reception desk of Astral Headwash was reading 113F on Monday of burn week (I open on Mondays, so had plenty of time to notice).

That's under a carport, so it can be a little hotter than the air outside. Still, it was easily the hottest burn I've ever experienced.
by Papa Bear
Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: What is your floor?
Replies: 17
Views: 913

Re: What is your floor?

spacetime wrote:Where do you get used billboard vinyl?


I got mine for free more than a dozen years ago, so not sure what's best now. I know http://www.repurposedmaterialsinc.com has several locations, but I don't know how prices compare.
by Papa Bear
Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: How hard is it to pound in concrete form stakes?
Replies: 17
Views: 1564

Re: How hard is it to pound in concrete form stakes?

Astral Headwash has used concrete stakes for years rather than rebar. Never had any trouble pulling them out as far as I know. We're in the process of transitioning to 18" lag screws, though. Individual campers have used them for years, but this will be the first year they see heavy use for the...
by Papa Bear
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 1951

Re: Anti M's Home for Wayward Art 2017

Just FYI, Kidsville was recently informed that we've been moved over to front on 5:00, spanning over to about 5:15.

I'm not sure, but I think that still leaves Hushville at 5:15, just stretching out the other direction now, toward 5:30.
by Papa Bear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Staking/securing a rounded carport
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Staking/securing a rounded carport

If I interpret that diagram right, all of your ancho bracing is happening in one plane. You do want to get some going perpendicular to that as well. An X across the back would be a good start, and you could put anchor points on either side a couple of feet inside each of the front corners, still lea...
by Papa Bear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Staking/securing a rounded carport
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Staking/securing a rounded carport

What you need is solid anchoring in multiple directions and at the feet. Whether or not that happens inside vs. outside the carport really doesn't matter all that much. In my experience, the in-ine Xs (along with cross-bracing at the ends) works just fine on Costco-style carports, so I see no reason...
by Papa Bear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: Burner Express question - Changing travel plans
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: Burner Express question - Changing travel plans

You're speaking of the Burner Express Plus package, that give the bus rider the option to purchase an event ticket? The language on those is very clear that you *have* to ride the bus to get the option to purchase the ticket. The point of the program is to provide additional incentive to ride the bu...
by Papa Bear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:45 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 711
Views: 53882

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

DoctorIknow wrote:I think the Makita driver was them playing with us... :D


Yeah, that I had picked up on.

It's just that now we've been treated to that kind of lag screw porn, I want to see the power tool porn that goes with it.
by Papa Bear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: What is your floor?
Replies: 17
Views: 913

Re: What is your floor?

The floor of my ger (Mongolian-style yurt) is billboard vinyl, tucked up around the outside lattice under the wall layer (also billboard vinyl). Having that overlap really cuts down on dust, and since it is turned up on the inside of the wall covering, I don't have to worry about rain flowing in. It...
by Papa Bear
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 711
Views: 53882

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

What on earth do you drive that with?
by Papa Bear
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:40 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Fat Tire Bikes
Replies: 6
Views: 442

Re: Fat Tire Bikes

Gears do add some complexity, and you'll need to do a little more maintenance after the event on them, but as someone whose knees are a little dodgy I definitely appreciate having them. I wouldn't suggest a front derailleur on any playa bike, though - there's no need for that many gears, and they're...
by Papa Bear
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: On-Playa Project Fundraisers
Topic: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

With four weeks to go, we've crossed the 20% milestone - thanks for all your support! We've been having a grand old time - the first of three layers of petals on the lotus blossom have been attached, the mobiles are cut and being painted, and the dragonflies are rolling in! We've been adding lots of...
by Papa Bear
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Alright! Guten tag! Hey! From our threesome in Whistler!
Replies: 15
Views: 775

Re: Alright! Guten tag! Hey! From our threesome in Whistler!

There are three of you. You *are* a camp. Joining an existing theme camp doesn't mean you automatically have food & water provided - lots of camps don't work that way. Even if you were to join one that has shared meals, it's wisest to plan on being able to take care of yourselves in that departm...
by Papa Bear
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Kids Tickets and Documentation
Replies: 4
Views: 344

Re: Kids Tickets and Documentation

I wouldn't count on gate to accurately judge how old your child looks. I once gave a ride to someone and her daughter, who looked nowhere close, and they still wanted some sort of proof. They eventually got in, but it was a stressful situation. Checking around the Kidsville discussion list, it seems...
by Papa Bear
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Slip Ring connectors for wheel lighting.
Replies: 12
Views: 558

Re: Slip Ring connectors for wheel lighting.

One thing to keep in mind is that a slip ring is fine for power, but even a really good one is problematic in terms of shipping any kind of data (such as for control sequences on the lights) - lots of noise in that kind of mechanical connection. If you want some kind of pattern, it's probably simple...
by Papa Bear
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: On-Playa Project Fundraisers
Topic: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

Slowly but surely, we're picking up steam. $1900 funded so far, but we still have a long way to go. If you're able to donate even a few dollars to help us get this finished, fueled, and transported to the playa, please consider doing so - every little bit gets us that much closer, and if we don't ma...
by Papa Bear
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Slip Ring connectors for wheel lighting.
Replies: 12
Views: 558

Re: Slip Ring connectors for wheel lighting.

They do make slip rings with a wide enough bore, but they get pricey really quick. The one we're using for the top of the Dragonfly Mating Ritual has a 5" internal diameter, and ran us around $600 (I think, that's the last quote I heard). Then again, we needed one that would handle a lot more p...
by Papa Bear
Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Lithium UPS - experience with use on playa?
Replies: 18
Views: 953

Re: Lithium UPS - experience with use on playa?

I have a Phillips CPAP - I just picked up a deep cycle battery, the 12V cigarette-lighter-style cord available for the CPAP, and a cheap clip-on cigarette lighter socket adapter. You can get that much cheaper than the system you linked. Can't say exactly how long it lasts, since I had access to a ch...
by Papa Bear
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Modifying a Costco Carport?
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Modifying a Costco Carport?

Are you just reaching up to attach the sides? I've found the best way to do the roof is just to do it on the ground before raising it up (though you do want a second set of hands helping, lest a dustdevil blow up from behind you... or so I "hear"). JoeIn posted an example a while back of j...
by Papa Bear
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Too old for Kidsville, too young to indulge: Teen Meetup?
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: Too old for Kidsville, too young to indulge: Teen Meetup?

There are actually quite a few teens in Kidsville, though at this point you would need to get on the waiting list for a spot.
by Papa Bear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Risks Posed by an Underage Camp Member?
Replies: 31
Views: 1829

Re: Risks Posed by an Underage Camp Member?

I think the silly games / drama is a hallmark of teenager experience. It isn't really supposed to be for someone 39 years of age. So you'd think, but there seem to be no age or gender limits to silly games and drama. Some people never seem to get past about age 13. Campmates under the age of 18 obv...
by Papa Bear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Risks Posed by an Underage Camp Member?
Replies: 31
Views: 1829

Re: Risks Posed by an Underage Camp Member?

Is that really much different than any other potential new member, though?

Whether 19 or 39, anybody could turn out to be a drama-filled sparklepony, or decide to participate in other illegal activities that might bring scrutiny.
by Papa Bear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:54 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Jaded?
Replies: 15
Views: 759

Re: Jaded?

I don't think it's true that one is necessarily crowding out the other. There's room for both. The biggest thing that attracted me to the art installation I'm working on is that it has a balance between large and small scale art - essentially using the former as a showcase for the latter. We all con...
by Papa Bear
Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: On-Playa Project Fundraisers
Topic: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER
Replies: 3
Views: 476

Re: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

Progress continues! This week saw the completion of the first of 30 different pairs of mating dragonflies (roughly 3' in wingspan, these are some big bugs), as well as eighteen ~10' steel flower petals. We're 7 days into our fundraiser and ~7.5% funded, quite a bit of which has come from ePlayans. T...
by Papa Bear
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Is placement done?
Replies: 38
Views: 1882

Re: Is placement done?

cranberries wrote:Sorta neighbors - Hibernaculum is at 6:30 and E 8)


Great! Now I know where to go to borrow a cup of sugar. ;)
by Papa Bear
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Art & Performance
Topic: Soldering/forming guidance for copper pipe?
Replies: 15
Views: 592

Re: Soldering/forming guidance for copper pipe?

one questions I have is why specifically must you use copper pipe? I don't have to. Mine is just one of thirty different interpretations that will be suspended from the art installation (The Dragonfly Mating Ritual), and the individuals working on them are using a variety of materials. Some are bui...

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