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by asr9754
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

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

I like the 18" stakes just like that, they are cheaper on that Eb*'/ auction site, search : 18 j hook deer fencing.
(I don't work for them their prices are just better) :)
by asr9754
Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

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

Hi, yes in theory that would work, I wonder about the strength of the ring welded to the rebar tho. Also the pointy part left exposed is a trip or foot impaler, please bring a safety cap for them. I like candy-cane rebar (also available for sale online if you don't want to bend your own), others lik...
by asr9754
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: BYOWater solar shower design
Replies: 11
Views: 512

Re: BYOWater solar shower design

Right, or 3 of these in rotation: 1 full heating up on top of the car, 1 in the shower being used, 1 empty ready to be refilled.
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by asr9754
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Fixing/replacing Bottom bracket on huffy Cranbrook bike?
Replies: 16
Views: 796

Re: Fixing/replacing Bottom bracket on huffy Cranbrook bike?

I've only done a bottom bracket fix/replace once and it was challenging and required special bike tools. I'm handy too and I got it done, but it's not something I would want to do on playa (alone). There are some bike repair campers on here and if you could get some help that would be ideal, maybe y...
by asr9754
Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Burning Post-ACL Surgery?
Replies: 17
Views: 907

Re: Burning Post-ACL Surgery?

Stinger, sorry to hear of your injury. That is no fun and can be tough on your emotion esp for a physically active person. Take care of yourself and line up some reading/projects/whatever to occupy your downtime. You could always sell your ticket last minute, depending how you'll feel. Every surgery...
by asr9754
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: How much shade do two Costco carports offer?
Replies: 11
Views: 709

Re: How much shade do two Costco carports offer?

You all will fill whatever space is available, but I'd think 2 carports would be a fine home base for 17 of you.
by asr9754
Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Using EMT and PVC for the same shade structure
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Using EMT and PVC for the same shade structure

Hmmmm, an EMT 10footer is about 10 bucks. PVC 10 footer is about 5 bucks. Are you really saving the bank by swapping for PVC? Also the outer diameter of a steel pipe is not the same size as a PVC pipe, so the connectors won't match up. https://flexpvc.com/Reference/PVCPipeSize.shtml https://steeltub...
by asr9754
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4118
Views: 903488

Re: cooling your tent or van

D3: there is a fix if your blue cylinder is too short. Make a cylinder out of chicken wire around your existing blue-pad cylinder. This way, the chicken wire will stand on the bottom of the bucket, but you can adjust the height of the blue pad by pulling it up and out an inch or so, to make a good s...
by asr9754
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Using EMT and PVC for the same shade structure
Replies: 9
Views: 491

Re: Using EMT and PVC for the same shade structure

I wouldn't do it. PVC is floppy and likes to wiggle out of the fittings due to vibrations.
by asr9754
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Flat vs Peaked Canopy
Replies: 5
Views: 433

Re: Flat vs Peaked Canopy

Peak requires additional corner connectors and poles for the peak/spine. Flat top allows future mods and variations bc the parts are more interchangeable.
by asr9754
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Parachute shade structure Q's
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Parachute shade structure Q's

Sent you a pm with some plans, good luck!
by asr9754
Wed May 30, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: PAGE TWO
Replies: 4287
Views: 206759

Re: PAGE TWO

It's that time of year again... If you want to *block* certain users and not bang your head against a brick wall all day: Login to eplaya, click the little arrow by your user-name on the right side of the screen, click "User Control Panel", then "Friends and Foes" tab Click "Manage Foes" on the left...
by asr9754
Wed May 30, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Parachute shade structure Q's
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Parachute shade structure Q's

The conduit structures are infinitely customizable, that's why they are really quite good. If you did a 10 x 30 foot structure you could fit 2 tents and a courtyard between them as a patio, and be pretty good for simple/cheap. Just modify the plans to add 10 extra feet and a longer tarp.
by asr9754
Wed May 30, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Monkey Hut vs Carport vs Other Shade Over Van??
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: Monkey Hut vs Carport vs Other Shade Over Van??

Have you thought about the steel EMT structures? They are easy and can be customized to your vehicle size. My campmates park their cargo van under a EMT shade structure at an angle, so the van door opens into a nice shaded "patio" with a sidewall for dust and wind protection, pretty sweet setup. Che...
by asr9754
Tue May 29, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Parachute shade structure Q's
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: Parachute shade structure Q's

Chicky, you're getting accurate feedback and parachutes are very hot and not ideal. The EMT conduit structure is an easy, efficient shelter that's good for a beginner, and you can customize it as you advance. See the other forums here and/or pm me if you want some plans. Good
Luck!
by asr9754
Thu May 24, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Conduit Shade Structure Questions
Replies: 25
Views: 1644

Re: Conduit Shade Structure Questions

If you get 3 10x20 tarps you can cover your 20x30, and it also gives you future options for different configurations. I like a white roof tarp--I think white actually reflects better than gray/silver but who knows? Aluminet or mesh tarps breathe better, but don't protect from rain. You just have to ...
by asr9754
Fri May 04, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

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

LLS you're on the right track and as you can tell, folks here like to share ideas and tips! 2 more cents for your coin purse: HD may or may not be able to cut your poles. The little tube cutter tool is a worthwhile purchase and you can cut 6 legs yourself in about 5 minutes. Opaque tarp vs mesh tarp...
by asr9754
Tue May 01, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

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

You'll be in good shape w/ that setup, but consider getting a single 10x20 tarp and a second bag of bungee balls. A cheap 8x20 tarp can be a sidewall for wind/shade. Another 10x20 cheapy tarp is a good floor, tack it down w/ small stakes. It keeps the dust down and makes MOOPing easy at the end. In ...
by asr9754
Tue May 01, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Flat Top Shade Structure Guidance + Am I Missing Anything?
Replies: 49
Views: 3383

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

LLSteph, we have used the flattop shade structure and they are great. Tips: Put a candy cane rebar at each corner and ratchet-strap from the top corner of your structure to the candy cane. Tighten up every day or so. The corner fittings of your structure probably come with an eye-bolt that you twist...
by asr9754
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Ratchet straps or used climbing rope?
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Ratchet straps or used climbing rope?

+1 for ratchet straps. They are easy to adjust as the week goes by and things wiggle and loosen up in the wind.
I have some used climbing rope that I always bring along for misc, but have not found a need for it that my ratchet straps couldn't do better.
by asr9754
Fri Dec 15, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Placement for 1st year camp
Replies: 5
Views: 3560

Re: Placement for 1st year camp

I'd just chime in some tips: Placement Applications are usually due in April, but that means you should start a few months prior. The Application involves many steps and you need a head start on your ideas. If you do get Placement, you will have a set boundary. Meaning space is limited and you need ...
by asr9754
Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:09 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Overly Aggressive LEOs This Year?
Replies: 38
Views: 3344

Re: Overly Aggressive LEOs This Year?

Had an obvious narc ask "do you where I can get any pills?" on more than 1 occasion in 2017. mid-20's guy in burnish clothing but clearly working with or under cover LEO. Also saw a guy get handcuffed and hauled out of a dance crowd at MW around 11pm Weds or Thurs? He was rifling in backpack, grabbe...
by asr9754
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:51 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4118
Views: 903488

Re: cooling your tent or van

It would use more energy, parts, and you have more points of failure. I like the KISS principle but understood not everyone agrees. The single drip-ring is quite elegant in that it fits around the inner blue pad, which fits just about perfectly around the CPU fan. I don't know if you could fit anoth...
by asr9754
Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4118
Views: 903488

Re: cooling your tent or van

I'd not complicate things with a second drip ring, pump etc. I know we're calling it a "drip ring" but it should not be "DRIPPING", it should really be SPRAYING a fine stream of water out of every hole. My swampie gets both layers of pad pretty much totally damp. May need to adjust the placement of ...
by asr9754
Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4118
Views: 903488

Re: cooling your tent or van

Dragon, if you indeed built it to spec with the correct fan (check the *exact* model number) and pump, and are still not getting good performance, here's some troubleshooting: blue pad cylinder should not touch the inside of the bucket. There should be a gap. The pad slouches when wet, so if you hav...
by asr9754
Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Carport replacement poles
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Carport replacement poles

I would certainly not substitute the clip buttons for ratchets! the clips are just a convenience to help the thing stay together during setup. Still need ratchets and stakes/rebar/anchor bolts! Another thought: depending on the diameter of your poles, HomeDespot may have the right size in the chain-...
by asr9754
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Carport replacement poles
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Carport replacement poles

Aha... you can also drill and add your own button-clip-locky-thingy for cheap and easy.
Search for "Snap Button Clip" for the push-button part to insert in the tube.
by asr9754
Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:00 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Carport replacement poles
Replies: 19
Views: 1968

Re: Carport replacement poles

Kingcanopy dot com. http://www.kingcanopy.com/content/replacement-canopy-parts.asp Not an endorsement or ad, simply a reply to the question. They sell poles and connectors for various size kits. If they have the diameter but not the length you need, the poles are easy to cut down with a hack saw or ...
by asr9754
Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Camp site next to portas?
Replies: 10
Views: 1990

Re: Camp site next to portas?

FWIW, being next to the portas was not bad at all. As predicted, O Ye Wise eplayans, there was 2 rows of random vehicles that parked along the strip next to the portas, so our camp site had a bit of a buffer, and the smell and noise from slamming doors was about 1% as bad as we thought it might be, ...
by asr9754
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4118
Views: 903488

Re: cooling your tent or van

It was hot and hot! Swampie did well, noticeably used more water than previous years and did not keep my 14ft trailer as cool as before, granted I'm stretching the capability of the bucket cooler in a large space. I use a curtain around the bed to keep cool air in the nap zone and that still worked ...

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