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Post by archeolojust » Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:01 pm

woot.com has been rotating through specials on very Burning Man awesome stuff, in addition to stupid tvs and computers.

Got a Womens Trinity Camelbak in gray/silver for $35. Not refurbished, brand new. Normally $100. I recommend keeping an eye out for this to pop up again. When they have "woot-offs" they rotate through all their items, so it may come up again like it did the other day.

Also got a ten dollar wind up LED flashlight for ten dollars.

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Post by dragonpilot » Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:55 pm

Unpacked the tents and other assorted crap from last year...gave everything a good spritzing with bleach solution to kill the mold...

Good to go!!
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Post by trystanthegypsy » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:36 pm

Woot is great! Steep and cheap is great for outdoor gear- backpacks, tents, high-end base layers and jackets, etc... same concept :)

Today I got some battery powered LED string lights off eBay for dirt cheap from hong kong! I will have to wait and see the quality when they arrive...

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Post by lucky420 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:05 pm

trystan, please let us know how the leds are and how long it took to get them. I have always been a little leery about ordering from Hong Kong. Thanks...

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Post by Bling » Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:34 pm

We tried out our shade tents, shower tent, and new stove this weekend at Lakes of Fire in MI. Everything worked great! We'd like to get one more shade tent, some clips to hold the edges where they come together--and our daughter needs a different tent. The one we have is entirely mesh on top with no way to close it up--just a cheap rain fly that goes over it. Not too much left to get, though.

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Post by Bounce530 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:40 pm

I've got alomst all my led's from hong kong ebay, take's two weeks for delviery to California. I've been happy with all of them, and I have alot.

as for my 1aday, I got (4) 20 foot lenghts of PVC for FREE!! looks like I will be building a monkey hut. I'm not going to do it this week, since the weekend is over, and I won't have time through the week, but it's #1 for the to-do's next weekend.
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Post by FaeTora » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:44 pm

okay. it says keeps oput dirt and sand. But has anyone had one of these on the playa?
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Post by EmilyD » Sun Jun 27, 2010 8:51 pm

Good, cheap solar string lights? Anyone have a hot tip?
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Post by Bounce530 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:00 pm

These are not solar, but I still have the same IKEA batteries in 4 strings from last BM, and they are all still working just as bright as when I got them and put the batteries in.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.6483

Very, very bright as well.
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Post by trystanthegypsy » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:14 pm

EmilyD wrote:Good, cheap solar string lights? Anyone have a hot tip?
Again, eBay! or liquidation type places perhaps? I found the COOLEST solar mushroom lights at costco. My boyfriend promptly broke one our first weekend out, but its all good :D

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Post by EmilyD » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:55 pm

Thanks for the tips. I found some on eBay and I'm waiting on my bids. ;-)
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Post by shroom » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:05 am

I got another new skirt from ebay. it was from Hong Kong and got here in 2 weeks.
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Post by much2naughty2 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:22 am

Bought a 110 watt solar panel and controller on ebay, new, still the box. With the inverter running smaller AC laods, this should eliminate the generator for all but Air conditioner, which I hate anyway. I'd rather lay naked under the awning with a spritzer bottle.

Speaking of that, looking for ideas/plans for a misting system under the awning so we can lay naked and keep the generator off. :D

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Post by AntiM » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:49 am

We use a patio umbrella mister system, hooked to a garden sprayer. All manual, and won't be left running unattended because you have to hold the trigger on the sprayer wand down. You can hold the trigger with a ziptie or rubber band if you're going to doze.

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Post by EmilyD » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:06 am

EmilyD wrote:Thanks for the tips. I found some on eBay and I'm waiting on my bids. ;-)
I've got three strings of solar-powered lights coming via eBay. Thanks trystanthegypsy for the suggestion.
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Post by dragonpilot » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:21 pm

AntiM wrote:We use a patio umbrella mister system, hooked to a garden sprayer. All manual, and won't be left running unattended because you have to hold the trigger on the sprayer wand down. You can hold the trigger with a ziptie or rubber band if you're going to doze.
Hmmmm...I like it! How much water do you go through during the week?
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Post by FIGJAM » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:25 pm

I installed a metal tire valve on the garden sprayer, so no pumping. A quick shot of air recharges the sprayer. The emitters on misters are about 1/2 gallon per hour each, but some are adjustable.
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Post by much2naughty2 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:39 pm

Good idea Figjam. I have a small 12 volt compressor that would work well for the air. I wonder if one of the small 3-5 gallon propane tanks would work I have an old one of those around, but not a clean garden tank. I don't know if a tank that had round up in it could be cleaned well enough. Maybe I'll have to hit the pawn shops and thrift shops once again for a tank.

I think I'll still experiemnt a little with filtering the shower water. I have a really good excess cartige filter and 12 volt pump to keep cycling the water from the storage tank through the filter and back. If I can deskunk the water enough, it would be better used in the misting system, than a sun evaprator.

Finished a hot red faux fur outfit for Much today. Top, shorts, and leggings.

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Post by AntiM » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:42 pm

dragonpilot wrote:
AntiM wrote:We use a patio umbrella mister system, hooked to a garden sprayer. All manual, and won't be left running unattended because you have to hold the trigger on the sprayer wand down. You can hold the trigger with a ziptie or rubber band if you're going to doze.
Hmmmm...I like it! How much water do you go through during the week?
We bring a full five gallon one, then top it off with melted cooler water all week. I don't know how much it is total. Only about six nozzles? As for Figjam's half a gallon per nozzle per hour, well, no way are we using that much with our system. It might use that much full time, but we find sporadic use is more efficient than a continuous run. Otherwise we get puddles and I chill.

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Post by FIGJAM » Mon Jun 28, 2010 4:57 pm

Yes antim, thats when thier on full time. Im pretty sure its what I read on one of the nozzle sights.

http://www.irrigationdirect.com/dd-fmb/
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Post by AntiM » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:03 pm

Oh, facts. :wink:

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Post by FIGJAM » Mon Jun 28, 2010 5:06 pm

Those are pretty high rates gph. I know some are adjustable.
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Post by EmilyD » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:47 pm

Bicycle spoke lights arrived, they're purdy!
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Post by Plumeria » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:57 pm

My ticket came today! :) Yippee! I am official now.
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Post by much2naughty2 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:13 pm

Emily, did you get the hokey spokes?

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Post by ohCarie » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:03 pm

Ordered my flag today, from Hong Kong/eBay. Orange and white checkered. Now I need to figure out how to get my graphic onto it in a way that will weather the, uh, weather. I'm in charge of the flag and he'll get it up onto a pole so we can find our camp, he said. Wondering how I'll light it up from 10 to 20 feet up.. Ooh, solar!
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Post by trystanthegypsy » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:30 pm

You can buy silkscreen kits at Michael's. do you have michael's in the states? big box craft store?

lighting... maybe just a solar spot?

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Post by AntiM » Tue Jun 29, 2010 5:51 am

Silkscreen kits at M's aren't cheap. You can make a homemade one with stretch fabric and modpodge.

We had a commercial flagpole made for home use, one of those wooden ones which is supposed to be super-strong. Attached it to our trailer. The wind ate it in a day. The homemade kite it was flying fared better. I've seen fiberglass poles snapped in half. I know it can be done, we just haven't been successful enough to keep trying.

Solar lights would work. Personally, I can't see our camp lights until we're half a block away. In that visually chaotic place, I have trouble navigating at night.

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Post by Token » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:16 am

AntiM nails it again on the low visibility. Unless you have hundreds of watts of lights on it, you only see it from 20 feet at night.

Good for daytime navigation and telling friends how to find your camp in the sea of shanty town.

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Post by Bling » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:18 am

We got our (ancient--seriously, ca. 1965) bikes blessed by the bike guru last night! He said we COULD do some stuff, but since they're for the Playa and they run, we didn't need to. And we picked up a couple of inner tubes and some silicone chain lube. Woohoo, ready to roll!

QUESTION: Now that we've used our shade structure, I totally get the value of spring clips. But I don't remember what they look like (can someone post a picture?) and have no idea where to look for them. All ideas welcome. :D

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