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by Papa Bear
Wed May 02, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Outside services for camps in 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Outside services for camps in 2018

A big part of going to the burn is, in my mind bringing your stuff and setting up your own camp. Emphasis mine, because I think that's the part of your post that really matters. You have your vision of the right way to burn, but it isn't the only one. I remember days not all that long ago where peo...
by Papa Bear
Wed May 02, 2018 5:19 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Outside services for camps in 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Outside services for camps in 2018

Ratty wrote:Papa Bear. Two things that I know are required for the event are ice and potties.


Yeah, I'm not saying that gray and black water pumping are required, just that the thought that they might be seems fairly plausible.
by Papa Bear
Wed May 02, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Outside services for camps in 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 1418

Re: Outside services for camps in 2018

Black & grey pumping may fall under the umbrella of public health mandated by the BLM. There is not supposed to be any money changing hands on the playa. All services should be prepaid. If you're RV is full use the portos. If that were completely true, you wouldn't be able to buy ice at Arctica...
by Papa Bear
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Newbie Order of Things
Replies: 24
Views: 964

Re: Newbie Order of Things

I'm not a mooch -- so maybe the "barter" system of some kind where I can gift them something in exchange for a shower? Thoughts? Barter is a form of commerce, and is therefore officially frowned upon. Additionally, camps are quite literally prohibited from offering showers to the general ...
by Papa Bear
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag VS rebar on bus
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Lag VS rebar on bus

If you are planning on screwing lags in or out manually, I'd suggest looking into a "speed handle" rather than (or perhaps in addition to) a standard socket wrench. Here's an example of what I'm talking about, though I don't know if this is the model you'd actually want: https://www.harbor...
by Papa Bear
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag VS rebar on bus
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Lag VS rebar on bus

That's pretty much it. Since lag screws go straight in rather than at an angle like rebar, you can use shorter ones. If you don't candy cane the rebar, please plan on additional space for something to cap them with (tennis balls, plastic bottles, etc) and some way to illuminate them at night. Rebar ...
by Papa Bear
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Controlling RGB Leds
Replies: 3
Views: 374

Re: Controlling RGB Leds

I wound up doing the LED programming for the art project I helped with last year. Like you, I had no Arduino experience, though I do have plenty of programming experience (including Java and some very rusty C/C++). I found the FastLed library worked quite well for our purposes, in my case driven by ...
by Papa Bear
Wed Apr 04, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Re-bar or Lag Screws for a Monkee Hut ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1531

Re: Re-bar or Lag Screws for a Monkee Hut ?

In my case, to hold things down (a Mongolian-style yurt and a couple of carports). Never tried them for monkey huts myself.

Try fastenersuperstore.com if you're looking for the longer ones.
by Papa Bear
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Re-bar or Lag Screws for a Monkee Hut ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1531

Re: Re-bar or Lag Screws for a Monkee Hut ?

Lag screws are only about 14 inches long and only 3/8' thick Lag screws come in lots of sizes. Quite a few of us use 18" long by 1/2" diameter lags for our structures. It's not at all hard to source lag screws all the way up to 24" x 5/8". Whether any of those larger sizes are b...
by Papa Bear
Mon Apr 02, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: Reselling or donating camping equipment?
Replies: 32
Views: 3596

Re: Reselling or donating camping equipment?

The more we facilitate people being able to attend and not take care of their own shit, the more of this we create. From what I just read on their website, I have no problem with PlayaPads. Seems like all they do is assemble a good basic set of gear and rent it out off playa. In that sense, I don't...
by Papa Bear
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Ratchet straps or used climbing rope?
Replies: 12
Views: 616

Re: Ratchet straps or used climbing rope?

Having used both, I definitely prefer ratchet straps (and have never had noise issues with them). The big reason is ease of use - not just for me, but for my campmates. You may be an expert with the right knots, but if you're the only one in the camp who is, then you're also going to be the only one...
by Papa Bear
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: When was ePlaya born?
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: When was ePlaya born?

Eric wrote:It's in our blood - that fucking dust attaches itself permanently.


No kidding. When I first started going, my beard was red. Now it's almost entirely the color of playa, and getting more so every year.
by Papa Bear
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Kodiak 10 x 10 Tent: Basic vs. Deluxe
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: Kodiak 10 x 10 Tent: Basic vs. Deluxe

having a tarp that extends past the edge of the tent will cause water/moisture to collect between the floor and the tent. Yep, that is why any tarp under any tent should never extend past the edges (and why, if you add a floor tarp to a carport, ice shelter, or hexayurt, you want to tape up the edg...
by Papa Bear
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: Low Income *and* main ticket registration?
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: Low Income *and* main ticket registration?

The point is that the low income sale is intended for those who absolutely could not attend unless they got the lower-priced ticket. It is not intended for those who *could* scrimp and save enough to buy a regular-priced ticket, but would prefer not to. My understanding is that you will not hear bac...
by Papa Bear
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Kodiak 10 x 10 Tent: Basic vs. Deluxe
Replies: 12
Views: 912

Re: Kodiak 10 x 10 Tent: Basic vs. Deluxe

One more question: Should I have a tarp under the tent? I don't have a Kodiak (and so don't know how water-resistant the floor is), but the answer to that is "yes". If we get rain like we did in '14, you'll be much happier trying to clear the stuff off of a tarp than off the bottom of you...
by Papa Bear
Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: My first time going! Need Help...
Replies: 19
Views: 1245

Re: My first time going! Need Help...

Or DO i have to bring everything? Yes, that is absolutely the expectation. You need to bring everything you need to survive, whether or not you find a camp to join. You should view anything a theme camp promises to provide as a luxury that supplements what you have brought yourself, you should neve...
by Papa Bear
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: BM Virgin from CO getting ready for 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 528

Re: BM Virgin from CO getting ready for 2018

Welcome aboard, John! Getting connected with the local community is a great thing to do. One of the best places to start with is with the resources listed on the Burning Man regional site: https://regionals.burningman.org/regionals/north-america/denver and https://regionals.burningman.org/regionals/...
by Papa Bear
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:25 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Campfire
Replies: 13
Views: 727

Re: Campfire

Too be even more specific - if you're cooking with charcoal, and any ash happens to spill or get blown out of the unit, you are responsible for tracking every last speck of it down, containing it, and hauling it back out with you. That's not easy, especially if the wind is still blowing. That doesn'...
by Papa Bear
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: This time I'm gonna...
Replies: 28
Views: 1637

Re: This time I'm gonna...

This time, I'm going to simplify our living space... at least in terms of effort on-playa. Much as I love playa living in a 16' traditional yurt, I don't love the fact I can't put it up by myself. I don't love that I've never been able to have it ready for my first night on the playa, or that I have...
by Papa Bear
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 751
Views: 74534

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Attaching that flag is a *really* good idea. I had a couple of mine get hidden in the dust last year as I was setting up a structure. I did eventually find them, but it's amazing how easily they can get obscured.
by Papa Bear
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Building a temporary extension to a cargo trailer?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Building a temporary extension to a cargo trailer?

Thanks for the advice, mournlight. I do plan to shade the trailer (likely a flat-top shade structure using some aluminet I already have), and I definitely will need to insulate it. Right now it's just a steel skin over the steel frame; it doesn't even have any plywood or luan lining the walls. If I ...
by Papa Bear
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Cordless hammer drill to drive rebar?
Replies: 17
Views: 941

Re: Cordless hammer drill to drive rebar?

Mostly though I just love new tools, and blowing the minds of my village mates. :) Heh. Well, if they haven't seen/used lags before, I'd say you stand a good chance of doing so. My first year out with the yurt, a DPW friend I'd camped with several times many years ago (and with whom I'd driven/pull...
by Papa Bear
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Cordless hammer drill to drive rebar?
Replies: 17
Views: 941

Re: Cordless hammer drill to drive rebar?

Er, you do know that lag screws have been tested for monkey huts and worked just fine, right? If so, carry on. It's just that a cordless hammer drill seems unlikely to drive rebar well, we *know* the cordless impact driver/lag screw combo works, and it seems like they'd be about the same cost, so we...
by Papa Bear
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Building a temporary extension to a cargo trailer?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: Building a temporary extension to a cargo trailer?

Hmm, hadn't actually thought of that - I had symmetry on the brain, and so was thinking both doors would be open partially - so looking from above, the "caps" would be trapezoidal. Doesn't seem like there's any reason doing it with just one door wouldn't work, though - and that would reduc...
by Papa Bear
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:35 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Building a temporary extension to a cargo trailer?
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Building a temporary extension to a cargo trailer?

OK, so my wife and I are looking at simplifying how our living space works on playa this year, and skipping the yurt (which is awesome, but also takes a lot of effort on top of building the theme camp). Since an RV isn't in the budget, we're looking at just sleeping on a platform in our cargo traile...
by Papa Bear
Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: First Time Burner From Colorado 2018!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: First Time Burner From Colorado 2018!!!

Welcome to eplaya (from another Colorado participant). First things first: please be aware that you don't need to be part of a theme camp. The notion that you do has become an extremely common misconception among virgin burners, but you can also just show up with the gear you need to survive and tak...
by Papa Bear
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Harbor Freight 10' x 20' Portable Car Canopy
Replies: 12
Views: 1177

Re: Harbor Freight 10' x 20' Portable Car Canopy

We didn't fully connect the the end walls so we had open triangles at the peak for airflow. That's pretty much our standard approach with them. Just leaving the top couple of grommets unattached at the peak of each end wall makes a big difference in allowing hot air to rise up and out. Obviously, i...
by Papa Bear
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Harbor Freight 10' x 20' Portable Car Canopy
Replies: 12
Views: 1177

Re: Harbor Freight 10' x 20' Portable Car Canopy

Also: be aware that not only is the Costco canopy seasonal, it's also only available in-store. You won't find it by checking their website.
by Papa Bear
Thu Jan 11, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: People Seeking Camps 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 5863

Re: Monkey and dragon looking to join theme camp 2018

Welcome! Reading the Survival and First Timer's guides is definitely job #1. Do you have any particular reason for wanting to join a theme camp? First-timers often seem to get the idea that they have to find a camp, but that's not at all true. The two of you can absolutely show up and camp by yourse...
by Papa Bear
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Coming in from AUS for 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1340

Re: Coming in from AUS for 2018

Welcome, Charzzam. Are you getting a directed ticket via you son's camp? If not, be aware that there's a lot of competition for tickets in the main sale. I've heard more than once that the extra cost of the presale tickes can be worth it when coming from overseas (and Oz in particular), since you ca...

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