Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Ideas, advice, tips, and tricks regarding shelter, shade, tents, and camping. Yes, this includes RV's too.
rmax
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:53 am
Burning Since: 2014
Camp Name: Church of Insubordination

Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby rmax » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:15 am

Hello lovelies,

Our camp's two hexayurts have served us well for 4 years, but they are in need of some TLC. Our bidirectional filament tape is losing its integrity. We're planning to remove it and replace it. Wondering about a few things:
* What's the best way to remove the old glue? Alcohol? Acetone? (It's in Gerlach so we can't test the various options before we go out in June to do the work.) No point in attaching new tape to old glue.
* What do you think about using roof sealant tape? https://www.walmart.com/ip/EternaBond-RoofSeal-Sealant-Tape-White/54500426?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=6299&adid=22222222227047344433&wmlspartner=wmtlabs&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=146925265431&wl4=pla-256001346446&wl5=9010492&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=115057095&wl11=online&wl12=54500426&wl13=&veh=sem I only recently discovered this stuff and it seemed like it'd be ideal, though can't find anyone online who has tried it.

Thank you for your help!

User avatar
Popeye
Posts: 551
Joined: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:39 pm
Burning Since: 2013
Camp Name: Beaverton
Location: Where the east wind blows

Re: Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby Popeye » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:42 am

Never used it but they push the great "elongation factor" which mean it stretches. Fiberglass tape is used on hexayurts because it doesn't stretch.
nobody wants to live in a world with only one flavor...

rmax
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:53 am
Burning Since: 2014
Camp Name: Church of Insubordination

Re: Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby rmax » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:56 am

That's a good point. Thanks.

We're considering the vinyl with rubber cement approach we've read/seen about and figured the roofing tape is pretty much that but with some of the work done. Hoping to improve in what we did before - something less susceptible to UV/heat damage that the fiberglass filament tape.

User avatar
lucky420
Posts: 8112
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:47 am
Burning Since: I'm not sure
Camp Name: Dye with Dignity
Location: Reno, NV

Re: Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby lucky420 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:54 pm

The old tape should be pretty crispy nd any glue left in should be able to whisk or brush off, at least mine always was. I would then wipe down with a water/vinegar solution. I found the tape harder to stick to dust build up.
Oh my god, it's HUGE!

Mistress Amanita
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:12 am
Burning Since: 2014
Camp Name: Silicon Village

Re: Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby Mistress Amanita » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:32 am

First, where on the yurt will you use this tape? Is it to reinforce the edges? Is it to create roof joints or wall joints? Can you find it in 6" widths?

This tape is great for its purpose. I'm not sure how well it tolerates mechanical stress (tugging) and heat at the same time.

For mechanical stress testing, the thing is that the glue is tenacious... I mean REALLY tenacious. So, you might want to do a test run on spare pieces, or a window, if you have one.

Next, for heat stress testing, if you have a heat gun, or just the sun, if it's strong, heat it up, read the surface temperature with an infrared temp reader, to simulate Playa temps (should be able to borrow one... or, they're cheap to buy these days), and check out it's behavior. At non-Playa temps, it'll be elastic, but not too much. The big issue at higher temperature is, "Will the glue start to flow?". If so, the tape will soften up considerably and start to pull away from the surface, leaving the a sticky - REALLY sticky - semi-liquid mess behind. Ackkk!!!

Love to hear what you find out if you go this route. My own yurt joints are deteriorating rapidly. I'm storing it exposed to the weather this winter (in Cali, so not so bad!), to get a picture of how the original tape does in moisture. Right now, the answer is that it does very poorly. In fact, moisture just destroys the bond in one or two rainfalls.

User avatar
Token
Posts: 3627
Joined: Tue Sep 02, 2003 2:55 pm
Burning Since: 2001
Location: Gold Country, CA

Re: Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby Token » Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:03 pm

MA is spot on!

Build a small model from scrap cardboard or some such, set it out in the sun, see how it ages.

Good call on the testing MA!

rmax
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:53 am
Burning Since: 2014
Camp Name: Church of Insubordination

Re: Hexayurt Repairs - Any experience to share?

Postby rmax » Tue Mar 13, 2018 1:28 pm

Thanks MA. I will definitely do some testing before I risk my Burn on a hexayurt
experiment. I appreciate the details on how to go about it.

I know this tape is used a lot on RVs so it's meant to be somewhat flexible and exposed - but BRC is definitely an extreme environment so not going to assume.

I was thinking I'd use it to replace all the permanent connections and then try a Velcro alternative on the ones that come apart a la the vinyl/rubber cement/Velcro method I've seen on Playa.

The sealant comes in 4" and 5" widths which should do the trick.


Return to “Building Camps & Villages”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests