So much to do and only so much time. One of each dome frame has been assembled, hardware is ordered, fabric patterns are laid out and masonite cutting patterns are ready, a supplier of 6oz white blended cotton and polyester fabric has been located, fabric waterproofing tests have been completed, and all the tools are setup.
Our camp kitchen is outfitted with all the necessary supplies including stoves and propane accessories. Still need to get a distribution tree and hoses to run propane to the stoves and propane lanterns. Checked out Bass Pro shops tonight and they have everything I've just got to figure out the layout then buy the components. I already have half a dozen 20lb propane bottles filled and ready to go. Now just have to finish designing the workstation/cases, build them, and finish them.
Working on designing various pieces of fabric and wood furniture that breaks down. I have got the bed frames for platform framed four poster beds designed. The folding nightstands, clothes armoirs, trunks, and dressers are in the rough stages of design.
Scrapped the water tower idea for much simpler 13 gallon buckets with individual pumps and propane water heaters for long, hot showers
... So much easier with less reliance on solar heating, long pipe runs, and complicated valving assemblies. Also decided that one large stagnant evaporation pond was not such a good idea so smaller ones with active pumps and screening for individual showers and sinks would be more efficient.
Speaking of showers..
My wonderful next door neighbor dropped off a bunch of 2", 3" and 4" thick styrofoam panels this afternoon. I'll be using a hot wire saw to shape them for lightweight 30" by 60" shower pans. Once shaped and the pieces bonded together they will be coated with latex paint and fiberglassed for strenth. Then I have to make the wooden slat panels and conduit frames for the shower curtains and clamped Rainbird spray heads.
Picked up two free 5hp lawnmower engines to make 12v generators with GM 62/82amp altenators. I'll get altenator cores from a local salvage yard and rebuild them or trade them for rebuit units. I also got some 14gauge 1" tubing and some 3/16" plate for building the wheeled frames.
Following Precipitate's suggestions I am putting together battery and inverter packages to run flourescent bulbs and christmas lights inside the domes. I'm also going to bring old fashion oil lamps for my personal dome and one other responsible campmate's dome. They will be charged off the 12v generators during the day and we'll have quiet power during the evenings.
Our art car base (riding lawnmower) has been dissasembled and major components have been taged. I don't know if we'll get to it this year but it should be ready for 2005. We never really decided what kind of art car and until a theme is announced there really isn't a point to work on it. It is last on the list anyway. A rolling bar is a universal favorite.
I got my Cheaper than Dirt shippment in with goggles, dust masks, ponchos, queen sized air matresses, and various bags for gear. I have some extra window tint from my truck so I'm tinting a couple sets of the goggles for bright sunshine. Much cheaper than buying fancy tinted goggles and they seal really well.
Well, thats about it.