sonic wrote:I have been researching into building a hexayurt for 2009. I think it is a great option and, after 7 years on the playa in dust-caked camping structures, a dust free space sounds fantastic.
I have a two questions about hexayurts though....
1. The seem pretty simple to erect, but what about taking them down. How hard is it to cut the tape? What tools do you use... a razor blade, scissors...? And what special care, if any, is required to make sure it is clean and usable for the next year?
2. I hear that they are great at keeping the dust and heat out, but what about noise. I actually enjoy sleeping to the ambient techo and playa sounds. Will I lose this in a hexayurt?
Thanks in advance and I'll see you in a hexayurt next year!
Preparation BEFORE you put it together is the most important thing. Tape ALL of the edges with the 6" tape if you can afford it. Then when you are ready to take it down, just cut the tape but DO NOT try to take it off the panels or you will pull off the reflective coating.
We used a good quality break off blade that we got at Home Depot for about $4 or $6 only later to find the exact same blade at the 99cent store for 99 cents!
You can extend the blades as long as you need them. We also used this to cut the roof panels.
Additionally, we pre-taped the wall sections so that we had 3 two panel sections. We did the same with the roof panels. This really helped when assembling on the playa.
One trick we discovered that is not covered in any of the videos on-line is to not really worry about the 'gap' at the roof. Just make sure you allign the BOTTOM edges and work around the hexagon. Use some small pieces of tape at the top and bottom to hold the entire assembly together as you go. Then when you have it almost assembled, you can start with the large pieces of tape.
We used a squeege on a long pole to help control the tape and help seal it. This was another discovery that was never mentioned anywhere else, but was extremely helpful.
The only caviat is that the panels are light and large, so if it is too windy setup would be almost impossible. Early morning or just before sundown seem to be the calmest times.
We also took the structure out to a local park for a trial run-through on setup, which I would also recommend. It helps when you get on the playa and it is breezy.
They keep all the dust and water out and they stay cool till around 11 or noon. We air conditioned ours; but if you do not want to do that, do not put heavy carpet on the floor. After a day or so of the yurt shielding the floor from the sun, the coolness from the floor helps to keep the yurt cool. Misting is also a good option for when the yurt does start to heat up.
We used plastic windows and furnace filters for ventilation and light, and kept the cutouts to close the windows when we turned on the a/c.
You should go to Vinay Gupta's site and see the videos if you haven't already.