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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby unjonharley » Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:40 pm

Good jod sadie.. You have me thinking, extending off the van root..

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby sadie » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:13 pm

unjonharley wrote:Good jod sadie.. You have me thinking, extending off the van root..


Thanks Unjon. The aluminet is about 4' longer than the monkey hut frame, and easily bungeed to the roof rack and wheels/bumper. I have some 18" bar magnets, like you hang screwdrivers etc on, and some really strong round base magnets (95lbs pull strength) that I will use to help secure the rest of it to the side of the van. I just wanted a little more space and this was a pretty simple solution.
Here's another shot. I found a little dome tent at goodwill and cut the front panel off to use as a zippered entrance to the van. It's kind of hard to see in this picture. For non-playa camping, the ventilattion is nice - and may work ok on playa when/if the winds are down.

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby unjonharley » Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:20 pm

My van hatch go's up.. So will build a tardis for cabana around the hatch..

One item today.. This years tube of GooP glue and some sash chair for a hat/cap band

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby trilobyte » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:14 pm

Not so much for the playa but related to it... I got the chance to hook up my old DV cam to the computer and go through a bunch of old DV tapes from years ago. It's part of a 'restoration' project I've been wanting to do for ages, since at the time a lot of that was shot storage space and bandwidth were at enough of a premium that the clips were short and low rez, and the original footage wasn't archived digitally. The gem I'm going through now is a great playa flashback - summer 2005, with some great footage of working on the Space Wench and then getting her to the playa. I can't wait to find and go through the rest of the tapes from that year's burn.

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Blompson » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:07 pm

Picked up some bmx style chain tensioners to keep the chain on my wonky walmart cruiser from falling off every 20 feet like it did the last time I was out on the playa. :roll:

Now I just need A new tent and then I'll have my personal crap taken care of.. and then it's onto figuring out how to setup skate ramp coping to trigger corresponding flame poofers when the skaters come up for grinds/stalls.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Elliot » Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:13 pm

Loricybin wrote:Picked up some bmx style chain tensioners to keep the chain on my wonky walmart cruiser from falling off every 20 feet like it did the last time I was out on the playa. :roll:
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Please tell me more about these tensioners. Design? Pictures? Sources?
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:23 am

Loricybin wrote:... then it's onto figuring out how to setup skate ramp coping to trigger corresponding flame poofers when the skaters come up for grinds/stalls.


I don't know how they'd handle the dust, but IR camera triggers are pretty cheap. They're used to set off wildlife cameras, cameras at the finish line of footraces, etc. High school classes use them in physics labs, too.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Sic Pup » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:43 am

Got verbal okay on time off, will submit official request tomorrow.

Took the bike out for a spin for the first time this season in an effort to get my legs back.

Began mapping out my trip, toyed with the idea of taking the Loneliest Road inbound but rejected it as logistics would add another day to the itinerary. It'll have to wait until the return trip. Also, haven't figured out a route that gets me into an In N' Out before SLC.

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby lucky420 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:21 am

Awesome Sic Pup! Hope to see you on the playa :mrgreen: :coffee:
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby trilobyte » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:55 am

An infrared trigger would likely do horribly. During the day they'd likely be fine (because everything else is so brightly lit), but in evening/night they pick up dust particulates smaller than you can see with the naked eye.

Loricybin, you may want to get an experienced pyro/fire safety tech on your team before you start screwing around with automated/motion sensing triggers for flame effects. At the very least, have someone from your camp go check out the Crucible (if I remember correctly, you guys are based in the east bay) and jump on some of the classes they offer on flame effects. The Charcade folks made elaborate interactive flame effects look really easy on the playa last year, but each of those teams has decades of experience between their fire people. The problem with automatic triggers is that they're incredibly unforgiving, and don't care if there are people or flammable objects (or people wearing flammable objects) in the way. I don't mean to sound all wet blankety, and please don't take the above as discouragement, my purpose is to encourage you to cover all the bases and do it up right. My camp was your neighbor in 2012 and 2013, and I think your setups have been AWESOME and would be even more badass with fire.

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Jackass » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:21 am

Loricybin wrote:.. and then it's onto figuring out how to setup skate ramp coping to trigger corresponding flame poofers when the skaters come up for grinds/stalls.


I'll begin with stating that I'm not a builder of flame throwing half pipes. Can you mount the coping so that it's solid laterally but spring loaded slightly out from where it would mount normally (1/8" gap from face of ramp). If so, then I think a few micro switches, over relays, over propane solenoids should work. You'll probably have to dial in the spring rate under said coping so that it activates at desired pressure and doesn't go off too easily. Anyways, that's how I'd look to do it, YMMV.

BTW, I love the set up on esplanade, it's a great addition. You guys had a "sidewalk" ramp set up last year, I was killing it!
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Blompson » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:44 pm

Elliot wrote:
Loricybin wrote:Picked up some bmx style chain tensioners...

Please tell me more about these tensioners. Design? Pictures? Sources?

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The picture above are basically what I got. Used to use them on my BMX bikes back when I was into that. Basically the round washer-looking bit goes on your rear axle just under the main nut for the back wheel. The Little threaded arm reaches back and grabs the rear end of your frame. As you tighten the nut, it pulls your axle back and creates chain tension :)

A word of warning though, which should go without saying but I have definitely made this mistake.. It is easy to put too much tension on the chain and snap the sucker.. That's a lot worse than it just falling off.

As far as sources go, I used to go to my local bike shop here in San Jose, but I just swooped a pair on Amazon for ten bucks.

trilobyte wrote:Loricybin, you may want to get an experienced pyro/fire safety tech on your team before you start screwing around with automated/motion sensing triggers for flame effects. At the very least, have someone from your camp go check out the Crucible (if I remember correctly, you guys are based in the east bay) and jump on some of the classes they offer on flame effects.

This is sound advice. We have actually had poofers built the last two years, but dive to random stupid circumstances they have failed to make it out both times. I am taking it upon myself to see this particular application through, and I agree that I need (at least) the help of an experienced pyro. Do you know if there are any classes or similar resources in the South Bay?

trilobyte wrote:The problem with automatic triggers is that they're incredibly unforgiving, and don't care if there are people or flammable objects (or people wearing flammable objects) in the way. I don't mean to sound all wet blankety, and please don't take the above as discouragement, my purpose is to encourage you to cover all the bases and do it up right.
Again, totally sound advice and I absolutely appreciate it.
trilobyte wrote:My camp was your neighbor in 2012 and 2013, and I think your setups have been AWESOME and would be even more badass with fire.
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Jackass wrote:I'll begin with stating that I'm not a builder of flame throwing half pipes. Can you mount the coping so that it's solid laterally but spring loaded slightly out from where it would mount normally (1/8" gap from face of ramp). If so, then I think a few micro switches, over relays, over propane solenoids should work. You'll probably have to dial in the spring rate under said coping so that it activates at desired pressure and doesn't go off too easily. Anyways, that's how I'd look to do it, YMMV.

My mind has been drifting towards this concept. At first I was thinking it could be triggered by metal on metal contact using some sort of magnetic or electrical signal, and I've heard sonic reactivity mentioned as a possibility, but I feel like just having the coping slightly raised (1/4-1/8 inch seems about right and totally skatable) above a switch with some sort of spring loaded resistance would be ideal and easiest to figure out. I especially like the idea of requiring downward pressure because, in theory, it would take a good stall or a big fat grind to set off the flames, where a little coping tap won't do the trick.

Jackass wrote:BTW, I love the set up on esplanade, it's a great addition. You guys had a "sidewalk" ramp set up last year, I was killing it!
Haha, fuck yeah. I actually couldn't make it out last year but that is fairly standard sk8 kamp procedure. Come on by this year and let's rip it up!
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby unjonharley » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:51 pm

Those chain tensioners were stand on the old coaster brake bikes..

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby oly14 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:27 pm

Built a back wall for the box truck so I don't have to use the roll-up door on the playa. Posted a picture in the box truck thread (https://eplaya.burningman.org/viewtopic ... 8#p1007302).

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Krokodyle » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:51 pm

TT120 wrote:Made some swag tonight. Still got a long way to go but I got a few months.....
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Yay! You gifted me one from the 2012 burn at last year's OT camp...looking to come again this year and staying with OT again :D
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby VultureChow » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:14 pm

First try at the new man for engraving purposes. Not quite right. I think it's the arms.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Joeln » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:35 pm

A little short in the torso?
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby VultureChow » Tue Apr 22, 2014 2:48 pm

Longer torso, narrower legs.
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Postby BeeWeeDee » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:01 pm

VultureChow wrote:Longer torso, narrower legs.



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Postby VultureChow » Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:15 pm

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Elliot » Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:51 pm

Thanks, Loricybin. I'm familiar with those, and even have some here. As Unjon says, that design is from my childhood. Yeah, don't over-tighten. I see more chains that are too tight than too loose.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:20 pm

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Postby TT120 » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:58 pm

Krokodyle wrote:
TT120 wrote:Made some swag tonight. Still got a long way to go but I got a few months.....
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Yay! You gifted me one from the 2012 burn at last year's OT camp...looking to come again this year and staying with OT again :D


Awesome! I'll be in OT again this year as well and I will have more of these with me. I'm really glad people like them.

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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby Oldguy » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:37 pm

Two seven foot hammocks came in the mail today from Texas. One and a spare should last the event. Now all I need is a used a-frame swing set to hang them on. A shade tarp over it all, and I'll be good to go. Darlene says I can borrow her truck for the event.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby EmilyD » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:33 am

Once again I'm researching a better way to get our bikes to the Playa. The ideal solution is adding a bike rack to the rear bumper of our Pop-up trailer. The problem is, the bumper is non-standard at 2"x4" (standard is 4"x4"). I really don't want to weld anything onto the bumper. I'm hoping for a bolt-on solution of some kind.

We got full size folding bikes but always seem to run out of space for them inside the van or trailer. They're damn heavy so putting them on the roof is tough plus they crush the decorations. Ideas, thoughts, opinions are welcome.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby FIGJAM » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:55 am

Bolt on an additional 2x4 piece so that it can accept the 4x4 mount.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby jola » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:25 pm

I've made some pasties.
Had a major score at a yard sale over the weekend... A burner getting rid of all her dusty stuff. Costumes, basically now done. Also included a utility belt thingy and got a really good deal on a brand new hydration pack! Now just need to work on shelter lol
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby EmilyD » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:57 pm

Thanks Figgy :-) I appreciate your help on this.

Today's item was prepping fabric and patterns for a new playa coat, and two new dresses. I still need to drag the Mr. To the fabric store for his pick of fleece.
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Re: One item for BMan 2014 a day

Postby EmilyD » Wed Apr 23, 2014 6:01 pm

VultureChow wrote:
BeeWeeDee wrote:
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Hahaha! Those are some hefty MAN boobs.
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