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by kman
Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:23 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

yeah i was wondering if the fan will run a little under powered or if just completely shuts off =] i guess we will find out I'm told speed controllers work by monkeying with the voltage, but you really want max output from these fans, so I wouldn't bother unless you can be sure you're getting the m...
by kman
Fri Aug 20, 2010 10:17 am
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 436127

Made arrangements for a buddy to take my bike to playa. Good news: No need to find and buy a bike rack on CraigsList now! Bad news: He leaves Sunday evening, so now I have to kick my bike decoration plans into high gear! Eep! Bought a new cooler to replace the sun-warped one that is pretty much toas...
by kman
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

Figjam, how are you then connecting the bowl to your bucket lid?
by kman
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

Ventilation. Has anyone ever used an attic ventilator like this? How should I best filter it? How necessary is fitting a filter to it? I plan on sealing it closed during the day and opening it in the evening to let things cool off. How many 1 foot by 2 foot vent holes should I put in? etc, etc. and...
by kman
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:28 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

I suggest painting yourself green.

Immediately.

Or was there something specifically that you wanted a recommendation about?
by kman
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:03 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

can anyone recommend a 4" 12volt fan? i need to order one today =] 4" is not a standard size. The 120mm fans are ~4.75" and are readily available. You can try to find 100mm fans, which are essentially 4", but I don't recall seeing those very often. 80xx and 120mm are the standard sizes for 12v comp...
by kman
Thu Aug 19, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: NEVADA DRUG LAWS - PSILOSYBIN - 'MAGIC' MUSHROOMS
Replies: 44
Views: 29522

If only marijuana was legalized, the legal industry could take over, cutting off a MAJOR source of funding for the cartels, and drastically reducing their ability to buy their way into our country to smuggle in the hard stuff. People who smoke weed aren't violent, in general ... Drug dealers are. T...
by kman
Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: NEVADA DRUG LAWS - PSILOSYBIN - 'MAGIC' MUSHROOMS
Replies: 44
Views: 29522

Thanks for the info. I hope it can help people make the "right" decisions as to what they carry with them. I do not partake in drugs at all (aside from prescriptions) but I am 100% in favor of drug law reform and/or elimination. A 10 year sentence for possessing something that occurs naturally is a...
by kman
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:52 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

also just ordered this as a cooling pad http://www.amazon.com/PPS-PACKAGING-COMPANY-12IP-Cooler/dp/B000BO4HH2/ref=sr_1_2 I would reconsider that pad. The aspen pads are notorious for shedding bits of wood all over the place. MOOP-tastic. Not a big deal on your roof (but still a PITA to clean out wh...
by kman
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

The pump body looks about the same as the HF one. Except the solar panel is enormous compared to the HF pump! I've never run mine like that to see how high it pushes the water though. Pump body size doesn't mean much, however. The HF pump is plenty powerful, and it looks like a housecat sitting next...
by kman
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:54 am
Forum: Philosophical Center
Topic: rv free zone.
Replies: 43
Views: 9739

The post confused me too, as this is a Burning Man board. That's the context I put it in. Hushville has three rules: no generators, no amplified music, and LNT. There's a LOT of registration this year, but that doesn't reserve a spot for you. It is first come, first served until we fill up. It isn'...
by kman
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:49 am
Forum: The Greeter's Station
Topic: Camp location/information
Replies: 9
Views: 1273

bluesbob wrote:I wondered and stressed over this same question. Then I decided...wherever I camp I'm just going to spray paint a giant "X" in the dirt. It should work.
Except for the whole "leave no trace" thing, that is...

;)
by kman
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Water bottles v. water bladders
Replies: 47
Views: 6202

Well, the weight distribution is much, much more comfortable with the two bottles on each side. However, seeing it broken down, 2L ain't shit! I could easily drink 1L all at once; no wonder I ran out of water all the time. Aside from carrying 4+ liters around at all times, though, not really any wa...
by kman
Tue Aug 17, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

I agree that it may or may not work well. My inverter is 1000w so that's not an issue. It will just be a matter of charging capacity of my 80w panel vs. the number of hours I run the cooler (and other stuff) each day. And to what degree the cooler is a piece of junk. :? The panel is 80 watts (maybe...
by kman
Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:40 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

I commend you for building your own low power swamp cooler but my pre playa to do list was already overwhelming me! I found a small 60 watt portable swamp cooler at a So Cal supplier for $99 though, and decided to give it a shot. http://www.atrendyhome.com/portableswampcooler.html The solar panel i...
by kman
Tue Aug 17, 2010 8:28 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

has anyone found any other solar powered pumps similar to the HF pump mentioned before? I need to order my stuff asap! =[ You might get lucky on eBay, but at the moment, the Silicon Solar pump that FigJam found appears to be the best candidate. It's as cheap as the HF pump was, more powerful, and o...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: For your camera
Replies: 11
Views: 1137

I figure I'd put this question here: I'm not a serious photographer by any stretch, so I'm wondering what kind of camera I should take. I'm pretty into outdoor sports, so I have an Olympus Tough - shockproof, freezeproof, waterproof, etc. Should I take it? Or will I be okay with just taking disposa...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: Clothing & Playawear
Topic: Need new playa shoes
Replies: 153
Views: 43340

I also take a pair of these: http://www.nexternal.com/armynavy/images/altama_42501.jpg Well, not exactly those, more like these: http://www.uscav.com/Productinfo.aspx?productid=10209&TabID=1&CatID=6 The Altama's are nice, but Blackhawk's are lighter. Damn near as lightweight at a pair of tennies, b...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:38 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: How do you disinfect Grey Water?
Replies: 16
Views: 3396

theCryptofishist wrote:Clorox is a brand name of the "pure" or at least "real" bleach. Okay, it's nasty crap, as in poisonous, as in "kill the little beasties" as in "disenfect."

Wow.
So, we want this:

Image

And NOT the "Ultra" Bleach, or any of the scented crap.
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:06 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

(Quote function doesn't seem to work for some reason) Kman, regarding swamp coolers, etc... That's very interesting. I already have a complete solar system and inverter that I use for laptops and little stuff, which has a large marine battery and beefy inverter. I "assumed" that a swamp cooler woul...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:00 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

Hey, have you had any experience with the pop-up yurt? I watched one of Vinay's videos and it really didn't seem like it performed all that well--hard to pop-open and close. Also, I didn't think you could make a full size pop-up yurt. Am I wrong on that? No, not referring to the pop-up yurt. A fold...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: Leave No Trace
Topic: How do you disinfect Grey Water?
Replies: 16
Views: 3396

When people say "bleach" do they mean regular old Clorox, or is there some specific "pure" bleach that you're supposed to use?
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:12 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

I too am building a Hexayurt this year, am in the final stages right now. Actually, I bought the panels early last year and was ready to go but there was a family emergency, so I had to cancel the whole trip. This year is on for sure, though! I'm going with the standard 8 foot model and got all the...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:01 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

So my friend and I are planning on using 2 ratchet strap tie downs over the top of our stretch yurt and hooking them to rebar candy cane stakes as our main tie downs...anybody have thoughts on this? We are just trying to have as little stakes to put in and take back out as possible. http://imgur.co...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

Kman .....did you ever test for temps? I thought you said you would post them. :( Although the way the weathers going we may not need the coolers. I was camping on the Kern river this past weekend and FINALLY was able to really test the cooler. I still have not finalized the attachment method of th...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:37 am
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: cooling your tent or van
Replies: 4307
Views: 1027827

Keep the solar panel clear of dust. That will require regular maintenance. It is sometimes cloudy. I would put the solar panel across a fully charged deep cycle battery (with a diode in line). That might last the entire event. I used a solar panel across a deep cycle battery to provide power to a p...
by kman
Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Water bottles v. water bladders
Replies: 47
Views: 6202

Pass on the pretty civilian models, and go for the military-issue packs that CamelBak makes. http://www.baumshoe.com/catalog/90271.jpg So then were can you get the Military bladders from? My local Army surplus has a lot, and they have some of the camo military CamelBak bags, but not just the bladde...
by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: One Item for BM a Day (2010-2012)
Replies: 7096
Views: 436127

EmilyD wrote:
jella wrote:OMG emily the coat is well OMG :)
Okay now cut it out y'all. You're making me blush!
Blush away... it's great work. :)
by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:38 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: HexaYurts
Replies: 1244
Views: 264802

JK- Thanks for the thoughts. What ever savings I might get from buying the seconds, will be offset by having to go out and get them. I found the Thermasheet-3 at my local Home Despot and I'll buy it there. Since you've done this before, I was wondering about the height of the 4' Hexayurt. I'm 6'3" ...
by kman
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:41 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Fantastic Way to Seal Mesh Tent Screens
Replies: 57
Views: 18564

I just thought of another idea, it's a little bit of work, but might be worth it if your tent goes with you everywhere like mine... Hot Glue velcro (soft side) around the perimeters of all the mesh windows. And hot glue or sew velcro (tooth side) around fabric pieces cut to the shape of your window...

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