Would BM exist without cable ties?

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Would BM exist without cable ties?

Postby debkakes » Sat Sep 06, 2003 8:56 pm

god bless our sturdy little plastic friends.
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Postby playasnake » Sat Sep 06, 2003 8:57 pm

lets not forget duct tape too...
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Postby debkakes » Sat Sep 06, 2003 8:59 pm

rebar
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Postby RebA! » Sat Sep 06, 2003 9:00 pm

Hose clamps! Cant forget the hose clamps. oh and 550 cord.. Dude.. thats some serious shit there. I (Heart) 550 cord.
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Postby Lydia Love » Sat Sep 06, 2003 9:02 pm

One of my darling neighbors when faced with the need pulled out this huge wad of cable ties.

Apparently he'd been carrying them around and gifting them whenever he saw one would be useful.

It was so freakin sweet!
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Postby PurpleKoosh » Sat Sep 06, 2003 9:48 pm

If it moves and it shouldn't, use duct tape.
If it doesn't move and it should, use WD40.
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Postby Lydia Love » Sat Sep 06, 2003 10:30 pm

and playa dust is not a lubricant
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Postby captain mcguiver » Sun Sep 07, 2003 3:16 am

I am amazed at what myself and campmates come up with every year. My playa name has it's reasons...

Last years favorite: Finding the Generators mounted to the back of the trailer of our art car with zip ties. (And a little wood). Before I called foul I noticed they were friggin STURDY!

This year, my hudson pump misting system broke. I attempted to make an electic pump system out of the hudson, a tire tube, and an air pump. The thing was working great but I needed some silicon for one little leak. I had it of course- one frozen solid silicone tube. Doh! Never got around to finding another.

Did anyone notice my video projector at Xara? Days before BM I fixed the old clonker and because it uses $30 bulbs I figured, screw it- I'll destroy this old tank at BM instead of some $5000 projector. The rigging I'd planned wasn't stable, so a friend and I built a scary looking rope rig and added a metal piece to Xara's existing frame.

This year Xara had an open ceiling. Doh! That's new! I was too tired to ever put a cover over the projector so that thing stayed out in the sun, wind, rain?, and DUST for 6 days straight. Not to mention it was probably on from about 9pm to 8:00 am every day. About 4 time more than you probably should run it. I brought it home and saw more playa dust inside than a hot day on tantooine. I blew it out, cleaned some lenses, changed the bulb and by god that thing still works!

It's a telex magnabyte. I would never buy one. Until now.

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Postby diane o'thirst » Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:04 pm

Sarongs!

It's a skirt! It's a costume! It's something to sit on! It's padding for your bicycle seat! It's a water bottle wick! It's dust mask and hood all in one! It's a curtain! It's a tablecloth! It's a gift! It's a banner! It's a belt! It's a bandolero! It's artistic! It's a towel! (And we all know how useful those can be, don't we? ;)) Bring 'em by the armload! Use them early! Use them often!
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Postby nymphgonebad » Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:11 pm

werd! sarongs are da bomb. blueblockers are also quite useful. and straw cowboy hats. and lets not forget those wellies...

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Postby Kinetic » Thu Sep 11, 2003 11:29 pm

One can never, ever have enough sarongs.
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Postby Flux » Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:08 am

Just remember: although certain arcane rituals may require a pair of sarongs be brought by the participants, there's more to it than just the fabric. Or, in other words...

Two sarongs don't make a rite!

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Postby Lydia Love » Fri Sep 12, 2003 8:20 am

Two sarongs don't make a rite!


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Postby ARTiculate » Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:15 am

I like this thread! Regarding the ever necessary zip ties, I wonder how many 'spent' ties end up as MOOP? I was careful to pick up each and every one I removed from my camp on Monday and many from around the Playa. Hmmm, I'm thinking about creating a zip tie/duct tape sculpture for next year ...

Sarongs truly rock ~ yet I saw an article in Piss Clear that called them, as a BM fashion statement, So Wrongs
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Postby Zane5100 » Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:20 am

Aircraft cable, turnbuckles, and snap hooks.

God love 'em...
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Postby Rob the Wop » Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:20 am

Would sex exist without cable ties?

<i>Or is that just wrong? Sarong?</i>
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Postby blyslv » Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:24 am

Cement stakes. Had a bucket full of them and handed out a fair bit. Lots of fun and pretty easy to remove.
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Postby TestesInSac » Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:26 am

Heavy-duty flourescent zip-ties hold better than the heavy silver tarps you'd use 'em on, and are easy to spot as MOOP.

550 cord is indeed structural ambrosia.

Aircraft cable, snap hooks, turnbuckles (not aluminium!) and cable clamps are tough as diamond.

This thread touches on the single greatest attraction of Burning Man, to me.
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dj big "E"

Postby dj big E » Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:38 am

lmao we had it all silicone lube.wd 40,duct tape silicone jb weld.actual wire feed welder, water pumps, air pumps, twine, wire, cable, rope,band aids ,spray paint ,80lbs nitros lmao.we had enough shit out theyre we could have built a fucking house we are and will allways be camp weirdo.we had the largest man made hand assembled tower out theyre 74 feet with lights big green one on end we raised that baby in one massive 54 foot section then pullyed the last 24 feet up it had a small lean but that gave it the charachter it needed.plus no matter were i was or what frame of mind i could allways find the mother ship.by the way we also had atleast 8 different types of tarps from canvas to neoprene tents etc.can you believe i forgot extra lighters lmao. dj big "E"
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Postby KristieEB » Fri Sep 12, 2003 10:56 am

omg, dj big E, are you *always* laughing your ass off?

*innoc*

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Postby Zane5100 » Fri Sep 12, 2003 11:40 am

KristieEB wrote:omg, dj big E, are you *always* laughing your ass off?

*innoc*

;)


Yes, he is. For big E, "lmao" is his punctuation.
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Postby jaywalker » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:03 pm

Zane5100 wrote:
KristieEB wrote:omg, dj big E, are you *always* laughing your ass off?

*innoc*

;)


Yes, he is. For big E, "lmao" is his punctuation.


And people tell me it's weird that I always seem to be smiling and laughing.

Oh yeah. cable ties don't save everything. We foudn that out with the Gigsville sign. Better on the ground than falling on someone.
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Postby Flux » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:17 pm

Lydia Love wrote:
I wrote:Two sarongs don't make a rite!

I like you.

Cool!

(If you like me now, you're gonna love me when I tell you the one about...)
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Postby Isotopia » Fri Sep 12, 2003 1:47 pm

Two sarongs don't make a rite!


I'm sari but that was so stupid.
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Postby Flux » Fri Sep 12, 2003 2:13 pm

Isotopia wrote:
I wrote:Two sarongs don't make a rite!

I'm sari but that was so stupid.


Yeah, you're probably right. Tell you what, grab a six pack and kimonover here and we'll address the issue and see if we can wrap it up.

Unless, of course, you're ready to throw in the towel.
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Zap

Postby Rusted Iron » Fri Sep 12, 2003 4:42 pm

Cable ties, duct tape, turn-buckles, and the most important tool of all, this year: electric fence wire. I picked up a spool of several hundred feet at a garage sale. It's more flexable and stronger than bailing wire and it doesn't rust. Love the stuff.

Oh, yeah. The yellow snap-on tarp tie dows work very well. A few bucks for a three pack, at a lot of hardware stores. I attached a lot of shade cloth, quickly, with them and they held even during high winds.
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Postby captain mcguiver » Fri Sep 12, 2003 4:54 pm

Dj Big E you are the savior!

Thanks to you, my camp full of noobs had no problem finding their ill-prepared tents. That tower got me home every night. Except Sunday.

Thanks to the crew! Good tunes too- why the hell didn't I stop by??
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Postby girlie » Fri Sep 12, 2003 5:10 pm

i like cable ties and use 'em on my shade cloth stuff, but i really love them bungy balls.

bungy balls and a grommet maker always seem to contribute a lot to good time burning man shade
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Postby KellY » Fri Sep 12, 2003 7:06 pm

There was a very excellent Altar to Cable-ties in the cafe this year. It was a beautiful hanging sculpture made up of day-glo colored ties -you had to look twice to register what it was actually made with.
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Postby TestesInSac » Fri Sep 12, 2003 9:53 pm

Most important tool? (Down, down, I'm thinking of a hand too. No, not that one!)

My 18V cordless drill/screwgun, equiped with a hex-shank to 3/8" drive socket. It made short work of cinching down nuts/bolts to speed construction of two domes, and the same held true in reverse. And I did it all with a single charge to a 1.3A/h battery!

Highly recommended.
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