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by DoctorIknow
Sun May 13, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Easy digital cameras VS The Playa
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Easy digital cameras VS The Playa

that range in price from $40-$100 but wondering what everyone is using, and their experiences. I'm not looking to use and throw away afterward. :) You've set up some hard to satisfy parameters. You didn't tell us the age of the kids. If they are familiar with smartphones, why bother with a real cam...
by DoctorIknow
Sat May 12, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

If building a flat top (silver tarp) structure using 1" emt what is the longest "clear space" (no supporting pole) you can go ? I'm thinking of a 14'x14' and wondering if I can get by with only 4 corner posts (?). Thanks..................Ken I think the easy answer would be what is t...
by DoctorIknow
Tue May 08, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I'm so old I remember when...
Replies: 481
Views: 21788

Re: I'm so old I remember when...

My first movie theater, The Dennis, in Mt. Lebanon, Pittsburgh, PA had 1200 seats, 100's of which were in the balcony. That was the best place to see whose fattened popcorn box could hit the screen during the Saturday 32 cartoon marathons. Thru great love and patience, a group of friends saved it to...
by DoctorIknow
Mon May 07, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

livinglovingsteph wrote: Another question: what's the best ball bungee size to get? 6"? 9"? That outfit in Oakland that makes the ever popular 12x20 shade structure includes 7" ball bungies with all it's kits. I use the "Oakland company" supplied 12x20 roof tarp (the ac...
by DoctorIknow
Sun May 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Alien Buffalo Tent - Help
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Alien Buffalo Tent - Help

My curiosity and insomnia forced me to sleuth around the 'net. Fact is the company did file a SI (Statement of Information) in November 2017 (I can't find that document) https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ca/C3874647 but most interesting was finding the owners name, Barrett Lyon, a big Silicon ...
by DoctorIknow
Fri May 04, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

Another question: what's the best ball bungee size to get? 6"? 9"? I forget the size...anyone else? When putting the tarp on the conduit frame, sometimes a ball bungee, no matter how hard you are trying, is just too short. Instead of having two lengths, which will probably be the same col...
by DoctorIknow
Tue May 01, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

I dont order corner pieces when I order parts for a new shade. I order the ones that are like an X,Y,Z axis chart. The ones with 6 places to put poles. I use these on the corners to hang things from, add to shade a little with or to put a pole in the top as a flag pole. They are a little more expen...
by DoctorIknow
Tue May 01, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

Thank you so so much for all the details in your post! Very helpful. I never even thought to use the extra cuttings to expand the shade area. Would you recommend one of those tarps over a mesh style one? I was leaning towards a mesh one originally. Ahh, a topic near and dear to differing opinions o...
by DoctorIknow
Tue May 01, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

Buy one of these for cutting down the 1" pipes. Relatively easy to use and moop free. Be careful with the inside edges they will be made sharp. http://toolguyd.com/how-to-use-a-rotary-tubing-pipe-cutter/ It's $24 on that jungle/river named website. Expensive if you only use it to make six cuts...
by DoctorIknow
Tue May 01, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 751
Views: 74358

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Perspective alert !


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by DoctorIknow
Tue May 01, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 45
Views: 1745

Re: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?

...Ok, I think I have everything I need. All of my supplies are as follow: 13 x 1” emt conduit (10’) 7 x 10’ 6 x 8’ (cut down) "That outfit in Oakland that makes shade structures " has a brilliant solution about the 10' conduit which has to be cut down to 8' for the six legs. (and, you wi...
by DoctorIknow
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus
Replies: 31
Views: 3537

Re: Condition of Gate Road by Exodus

I'd forgotten about it 'till this thread was resurrected... I know I made those behind me crazy (it could take me 15-25 seconds for the worst potholes) ....using a very steady foot on the brake to go in fits and starts, as without a lot of braking, I was in fear of the bouncing displacing my bikes o...
by DoctorIknow
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Cargo Van Rental Anxiety
Replies: 27
Views: 1029

Re: Cargo Van Rental Anxiety

Now I'm wondering if I should call them back. Admit my true destination, and stop with all this nonsensical anxiety. If they don't ask you, deliver it clean, which for a new model cargo van will take you the greater part of a day. Powerwashing just the first step. I'm talking Q-tips in the A/C vent...
by DoctorIknow
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Building & Making Art
Topic: Sound system for art project
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: Sound system for art project

If your installation not to huge or requiring 100dB of sound, use 12volt car stuff. Very cheap. Buy new from big box, but buy two amps and return the extra one if not needed. Have a bike with trailer to swap out 12v batteries, which will keep music playing longer than you might think. Charge at camp...
by DoctorIknow
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:38 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: Howling at the Temple Burn?
Replies: 16
Views: 970

Re: Howling at the Temple Burn?

My favorite part of the Temple Burn is to see and listen to and feel the percussion of snapping, creaking and exploding wood in the fire. How many times in ones life can one hear/feel such a monster fire that is safe to be that close to? You may never have a chance again to be near such awesomeness....
by DoctorIknow
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: No-Dig Ground Screw?
Replies: 6
Views: 639

Re: No-Dig Ground Screw?

I was thinking the same thing about muscle power. And a longer lever might bend the rebar making it impossible to remove. They designed what looks like the best location for the lever to be inserted, but one would lose the potential depth unless one removed a about 5 inches of playa (need room for h...
by DoctorIknow
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:46 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Black Rock City: No Politics Zone
Replies: 18
Views: 1137

Re: Black Rock City: No Politics Zone

The most fun participatory political art I ever saw was at my first burn in '98. The only reference I googlefound was this one: Bill Clinton's effigy was made into a 'presidential lotion dispenser', with an erect model penis the vessel of delivery. Ah, well, he brought all that on himself. http://ww...
by DoctorIknow
Tue Apr 03, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Recommended tent fan
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: Recommended tent fan

Maybe you could order online at WalMart, and pick it up at the Fernley, NV store, right on I-80 before the turn west for 447. Check and see how long they keep pickup items. Many choices, but I've used the 10" O2 fan for years . Uses 8 "D" batteries, adjusts to angles very well. https:...
by DoctorIknow
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Alumicloth - Verdict?
Replies: 28
Views: 2602

Re: Alumicloth - Verdict?

Shark-Bite clip-on grommets work really well with aluminet and can be repositioned as needed. The Shark Clips brand grippers are great, but there is a cheaper version I've used on aluminet for years. These below have been discussed a lot in similar threads to this one, and they are 1/3 the price of...
by DoctorIknow
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:00 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Alumicloth - Verdict?
Replies: 28
Views: 2602

Re: Alumicloth - Verdict?

I've never used or sewn Aluminet. I may have some this year. I picture sewing a stretchy fabric on the edges. Finding the right combo of fabric edging and aluminet to be sewn together is a TRIP....I had two sewing machines break, and a sailmaker I had to use as all other options were gone, insisted...
by DoctorIknow
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 751
Views: 74358

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

I see mule tape used on this thread, but I am not by any means a knot expert. I don't want to leave to chance (or lack of knowledge) the ability to safely secure my big ass shade. Chain is great but takes a hella lotta time, tools, and money Mule tape is stronger than some of the chain that can fit...
by DoctorIknow
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 751
Views: 74358

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Questions: I've been told I need "foot pads." The Black Rock Hardware posts were designed to not need foot pads. However, even if the head of the lag screw can fit into the pipe, you would lose the holding power of a 16" lag screw as about 5" of it would be above ground. Therefo...
by DoctorIknow
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Alumicloth - Verdict?
Replies: 28
Views: 2602

Re: Alumicloth - Verdict?

.... (I just don't have the sewing machine capabilities to sew on that much tape on the sides for my 24 by 24 foot pieces.). .... A lot of discussion on pre-made taped and grommeted aluminet vs. bulk aluminet (huge difference in price) is in an old thread. https://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic.ph...
by DoctorIknow
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I'm so old I remember when...
Replies: 481
Views: 21788

Re: I'm so old I remember when...

The goddamm dinners should still be done that way. I mean, without a clutch, the left foot is totally ignored for its potential to control the vessel, whereas we have to learn the 100 things our hands can do on the steering wheel and column and learn to take our eyes off the road and hand off the w...
by DoctorIknow
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I'm so old I remember when...
Replies: 481
Views: 21788

Re: I'm so old I remember when...

The goddamm dinners should still be done that way. I had a BMW L6. The headlights were fine, but wouldn't go to high beams....I thought it must be that stupid steering wheel shaft toggle arm, obviously needing a relay as no way for that kind of power to be switched with a flick of a finger. The pro...
by DoctorIknow
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Hybrid cars on the playa??
Replies: 6
Views: 550

Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

You may have a key that costs $200 to replace or have a copy made. HOWEVER, you can probably have a copy made without the chip, and it will open the door mechanically. (ahh, the good old days) Get two copies made, keep your real key in the car, never take it out. Put one key in a baggie and put it u...
by DoctorIknow
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Thoughts on a Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent
Replies: 16
Views: 1301

Re: Thoughts on a Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent

don't bother with glue or velcro. Been there.... There is a Velco product, "Fusion," in fabric stores, amazon,,,,, they change the name around depending on the vendor...just look for the brand name Velcro and "heat" to be on the same packaging. You iron it on. I've sealed my ten...
by DoctorIknow
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Thoughts on a Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent
Replies: 16
Views: 1301

Re: Thoughts on a Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent

She sets it up between the shade structure and a vehicle. BINGO! If you are absolutely sure you can get two cars, or better yet, vans, on both sides of the tent, you got it made. Toss a tarp over the vans, tie the tarp lines (get 100' roll of paracord) to the wheels of the vans, and you have an A-1...
by DoctorIknow
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Thoughts on a Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent
Replies: 16
Views: 1301

Re: Thoughts on a Coleman Instant Cabin 6 Tent

Any thoughts? Hard to know. Coleman has made some great playa tents, I've used one Coleman model (which I won't name as the newest version is insanely bad for the playa) for 17 burns. HOWEVER, the poles were steel and strong. The poles in the model you mention, especially the upper ones, look like ...

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