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by maladroit
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:07 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Attaching fairy lights to bike
Replies: 18
Views: 1974

Re: Attaching fairy lights to bike

I put them in my bike wheels. The best way I've found is to prepare your spokes before touching the light string. Tear up a bunch of postage-stamp sized pieces of gaffer tape. Roll these around the spokes about 1/4" above the spoke nipples. Then come through with the light string and loop the wire a...
by maladroit
Mon Aug 14, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: Keeping Cool
Topic: Likely temperature range for 2017?
Replies: 48
Views: 4350

Re: Likely temperature range for 2017?

Night temps were moderate last year (2016). 2015 was the one with the freezing temps. Nipples nearly wore holes in my shirts, even when bundled up in a coat wrapped in a blanket while sheltered from the wind inside an art car and swigging hot coffee & Fireball. 2015 had some cold days , not just nig...
by maladroit
Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 819
Views: 87806

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

This is an unfinished project until I see a T-rex drill one of those anchors into the ground with stubby little arms. Any way that might be possible? You know, maladroit, there are certain things in this world that are simply a bridge too far to ask for. In what theme camp could that even happen???...
by maladroit
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:09 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Is there a grocery store at Reno airport?
Replies: 16
Views: 1692

Re: Is there a grocery store at Reno airport?

uncle sticky wrote:[like O.J., but less stabby]
Better be careful! He's getting paroled, and he's close by!
I met his brother once. He was driving my limousine.
by maladroit
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: PAGE TWO
Replies: 4336
Views: 212409

Re: PAGE TWO

Radical self reliance expressed by having to ask other adults for basic instructions on how to dress yourself.
by maladroit
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 819
Views: 87806

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

This is an unfinished project until I see a T-rex drill one of those anchors into the ground with stubby little arms. Any way that might be possible?
by maladroit
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Spot for a late arrival
Replies: 6
Views: 1054

Re: Spot for a late arrival

Jackass wrote:No parking on the outside road in the "sunset" district anymore, I love it! Didn't think it was that cool of an idea to start with...
Might get more theme camps claiming area outside their camp for remote parking lots though.
by maladroit
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Hexiyurt Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Re: Hexiyurt Questions

I retape any filament tape that wasn't covered with foil tape, it's useless for a second year. Most of my foil-covered tape hinges are still good going into the fifth year on this hexayurt, the tape can't be peeled off without damaging the yurt panels.
by maladroit
Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:44 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot
Replies: 20
Views: 3421

Re: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot

I have a lot of functional PLA and ABS parts. In fact, I only print decorative objects while testing a printer...most of what I print is functional. You just have to design the part for the application and materials you have. Sometimes a material is ruled out...for example, PLA will soften in hot wa...
by maladroit
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot
Replies: 20
Views: 3421

Re: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot

Here is a piece of playa-tested 3D printed PLA that was mounted to the front of a bike. It remained stable the whole time last year, but it's not under heavy load. I have other playa-tested gear that is under heavier load and has survived a few burns, but I used nylon filament for that. Way, way str...
by maladroit
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot
Replies: 20
Views: 3421

Re: Bike kickstand design: The Playa Bike Foot

I have a few 3D printers, some nylon filament, live near Portland, and it's a great week to do some thermal stability testing. But...I also have a tennis ball.
by maladroit
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:37 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: Shave your balls NOW !!
Replies: 366
Views: 81249

Re: Shave your balls NOW !!

Bump
by maladroit
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:56 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas
Replies: 75
Views: 7999

Re: Preventing Bike Theft / Finding 'Lost' Bike Ideas

If a bike is abandoned in my camp and it has the camp address on it, I will return it. Many others will too. Put your address on your bike.
by maladroit
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: Building Mutant Vehicles
Topic: Mutant Vehicle - Insurance
Replies: 12
Views: 2198

Re: Mutant Vehicle - Insurance

Is this for liability only? As in, if you hurt someone with your vehicle, you will not be on the hook? Sounds pretty difficult to acquire...and depending on the size of the vehicle and the size of your group, $25k might not be the worst deal. Here is an ePlayan who claims to have found insurance for...
by maladroit
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: Solar Eclipse 2017

I-5 will be hellscape of traffic, and you will have to sleep in your car if you can even find a place to park it. I would recommend going much farther east than Madras. We'll either be taking 14 out of Portland as far as we can before crossing the Columbia south, or getting stuck in traffic early an...
by maladroit
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Box Truck Space - How many campers?
Replies: 6
Views: 728

Re: Box Truck Space - How many campers?

20 is not a large camp, though. And a 26 foot truck is pretty big. Camped with a group of about 40 one time that had a 26 foot truck. They also had a large dome, maybe a dozen cubes of flat-top conduit shade structure, 5 or 6 couches, kitchen gear, tents, water barrels, shower, etc etc. Of course, m...
by maladroit
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Carrying ID: copy or original?
Replies: 15
Views: 2442

Re: Carrying ID: copy or original?

I have a spare ID because I got a new ID when I moved, but they didn't collect or tell me to destroy the old one. Other than the address, it's exactly the same as my current ID (only info changed is the address, is not expired). I'd assume that's real enough to cart around the playa, I only (might) ...
by maladroit
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Building & Making Art
Topic: Transporting an art piece to the playa -- can we just use our truck?
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: Transporting an art piece to the playa -- can we just use our truck?

Hi! We are trying to build an art piece to the playa this year ... it will be ~ 4' by 4' by 4' and weight ~50 lbs. It will be registered with ARTery. I am wondering if we can drive use our pickup truck (not a registered mutant vehicle) to drop off the art piece on the playa, and then pick it up aft...
by maladroit
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Slip Ring connectors for wheel lighting.
Replies: 12
Views: 977

Re: Slip Ring connectors for wheel lighting.

You could just use one slip ring (a spring pressing against washer, squeezing two washers together, etc) if enough current can pass through the wheel bearings and axle to act as the grounded half of the connection. I've considered this problem quite often and have never built what I consider to be t...
by maladroit
Sat Jul 15, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Food & Drink
Topic: Freezing water bottles
Replies: 17
Views: 5891

Re: Freezing water bottles

A 5 gallon container will take several days to freeze solid!
by maladroit
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Early Entry strategy to avoid long wait
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Re: Early Entry strategy to avoid long wait

We avoid arriving at night since placers aren't working until the morning, and our vehicles are usually too packed to sleep in. We can't set up and we can't sleep. Might as well wait a few hours and arrive as the sun rises. After a horrendous night trying to sleep sitting upright in a packed, hot c...
by maladroit
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: Tickets Discussion
Topic: Stolen tickets - help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1029

Re: Stolen tickets - help needed

That sucks! But it sounds like you solved the problem. Tickets are physical objects that can go missing. Will Call sucks sometimes, but it's better than not making it to the playa! Have fun out there!
by maladroit
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: 2017 Playa Conditions
Replies: 157
Views: 18093

Re: 2017 Playa Conditions

Pretty soon they'll be out there anchoring the golden buoy.
by maladroit
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: PAGE TWO
Replies: 4336
Views: 212409

Re: PAGE TWO

Never let them catch you searching. Searching makes you look weak. Demand individual treatment.
by maladroit
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Lithium UPS - experience with use on playa?
Replies: 18
Views: 1989

Re: Lithium UPS - experience with use on playa?

If you would like even more advice than above, there are many descriptions of CPAP power setups available in older ePlaya posts (accessible through the search function).
by maladroit
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Q & A Tips and Tricks
Topic: 2017 Playa Conditions
Replies: 157
Views: 18093

Re: 2017 Playa Conditions

by maladroit
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Electric bike build
Replies: 9
Views: 1376

Re: Electric bike build

Powered solely by such a small electric engine, is capable of a maximum speed of not more than 20 miles per hour on a flat surface while carrying an operator who weighs 170 pounds. (This part is a bit ambiguous-does it still require operable pedals?) I think they're not taking away the pedal requir...
by maladroit
Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:31 am
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Risks Posed by an Underage Camp Member?
Replies: 31
Views: 2622

Re: Risks Posed by an Underage Camp Member?

The problem with kids is that they aggressively fill that ecological niche, meaning that everyone else can't be kids anymore.
by maladroit
Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Hexayurts: 1" vs 2" wall thickness
Replies: 6
Views: 1601

Re: Hexayurts: 1" vs 2" wall thickness

I do have a hexayurt with 2" walls and 1.5" roof. It required careful taping as you don't have much extra compared to all the overlap with 1" panels and 6" tape. I didn't really do it for extra insulation, mostly for extra strength. It has survived pretty well, this will be its fifth year. Some of t...

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