does anyone have any feedback from their monkey hut performance? here's mine:
As always, laying out and pounding the rebar in absolutely suxed!!!!
i went with 36", 1/2"round, pounded in 18" on 4 corners
24", 1/2" round on middle 3 ribs (both sides), pounded in 12"
BY MISTAKE, one of the corners got a 24" rebar when we had to move the hut, pounded 12" in & it FAILED! (sat or sun storm pre event - worked itself out)
replaced that with a 36" pounded 18" in and it lasted the whole week without a hitch - the hut was better dust protection than the garage shade structures. - not a single peep out of the thing!!!
i use the galaxy hut design, use a 20ft bungee i found at harbor freight to provide tensile strength to the center rib, front to back (will tell you how i wrap it if you need).
i use 100ft of rope to criss-cross over the top of the hut to keep tarp from ballooning - had to tighten it so that it indented the tarp in between the ribs to avoid balooning and help the hut work as one.
there is a rope thru the gromets on each ground side and that rope is staked to the ground between the hut ribs. i have about a 3" gap between tarp and ground on both sides.
**fyi: i had to use two 12" pin type stakes on the grommet rope in between the hut ribs to keep it down due to winds!! i use the pin type stakes here for safety instead of the rebar.
people in my camp love the shade, i loved the wind and dust protection, but they think it is too much of a PIA to deal with
all well, it is for me and not them - plus they don't ever bitch about the shade when they are enjoying it!!
overall, when i got everything tightened, i didn't even have to think about it for the rest of the time - and i was there for 11 days. i absolutely love the thing and will bring it back next year. it is 14'w x 20'long x 7' tall & covered with creative shelters sunblocker tarp.
i just have to get better at laying it out.............
i look forward to hearing how your setups worked and any lessons you learned.