jkisha wrote:I'll be curious to hear how the magnet door latch works out. Please post your experience with this here after the burn.
yp983 wrote:Thank you EVERYONE for your input regarding staking the yurt down.
I also wanted to share an idea I came up with regarding door latching.....not sure how well it will work yet, but I will be implementing this weekend and can update based on my success/failure:
I have built 4 semi-folding yurts for my camp (4 hinged pieces) and want to keep everything as 2 dimensional as possible so that everything stacks and there is very little on-playa assembly. I have been tossing around latch designs and couldn't settle on one. Then, it hit me...MAGNETS!!!! Home Depot sells these magnets in different sizes, and my plan is to "imbed" magnets into the cut faces of the door and door jamb so that the suface of the magnet is flush with the edge of the door. Then, I'll run one layer of the BF tape over it to keep it in place, and also seal the door edge. I figure one or two of these strong magnets around the center of the "normal door" (not flap that opens upwards, but sideways like a normal door) will be sufficient to hold it closed, and also not require any moving parts or special assembly. I'm also going to cut the vertical part of the door at a 45 degree angle to keep it from closing into the yurt from wind, and there should be no way that the wind
can open the door. Hm...we'll see.
Not sure if anyone else has already thought of or tried this, but let me know and I can share what I find this weekend!
I actually constructed one of these last night, and it works BEAUTIFULLY! It took some careful cutting to get the 45 degree cut on the door, but once that was done, I just "chiseled" some of the insulation material out, imbedded the magnet so that it was flush with the face of the edge, did the same on the door, and then ran a long strip of tape over the edge like you normally would. Once I finished taping the rest of the door and jamb and making the hinge, I tested it out and it works really really well. The door snaps open and closed, and my guess is that there is around 4-5 of holding force to overcome to open the door.
I didn't take any pictures because it was too dark, but I have 4 more to do so I'll make sure to take some pictures and share with anyone interested.