Bob wrote:Yeah, you could always pound in steel fence posts and stretch shade cloth in between. I usually do something like that for a shade and/or wind break. Or improvise --
1999, blue lamp district I think.
brickmaster wrote:I seek the advice of the mighty eplayans.
What i am thinking is that rather than buying a shade structure, I could instead purchase a large tent such as the one linked below. I could then cut away the walls on the north side and cut away about a 1-2 foot rim from the bottom of the rest of the tent. I would leave the corners and groundsheet intact so not to weaken the strength of the tent too much.
My main concern is that the tent would now catch more wind than it was intended to.
I would secure it, not just with rebar, but by lacing rope along the lines of the tentpoles. The end of the rope would be looped. I would connect the rope to the rebar using straps that can be tensioned as needed during a storm.
I'm thinking that as long as i don't cut across an joint, then it should not tear.
MozyBonz wrote:but for the price it cost me I would just get three good car ports and make a 20x30 space.
Teo del Fuego wrote:Oh yea, is there such thig as a 4-way cross connector for 3/4 inch EMT?
Rat Bastard wrote:Does anyone have experience with the shade structures that use 1" EMT conduit for poles and 3-way etc. junctions. Most have a flat roof with sloping sides. "Yes, please..." across the street from us had a setup like this with tarps on top and aluminet on the sides. It worked great.
Bob wrote:Two short lengths of 1" EMT bolted together in the middle?
Rat Bastard wrote:Here's some links I found for EMT conduit connectors.
If someone finds a cheaper source or better quality, post it here!
Rat Bastard wrote:Does anyone have experience with the shade structures that use 1" EMT conduit for poles and 3-way etc. junctions. Most have a flat roof with sloping sides.
vargaso wrote:Hey, not sure if anyone's still reading this thread, but I thought I'd chime in. For 2008, we did a simple quonset hut style structure using schedule 40 PVC and a 10x20 ft tarp. I can't claim credit for the design, I found it here: http://www.chromatest.net/Lovemonkey/.
Anyway, it is amazingly easy to set up. My wife and I did it in about 20 minutes on the playa (we did a test run in our backyard), but it could easily be done by one person. The total cost was around 100 bucks. One of the cool things about it is you can enlarge the size easily by adding spines. So here's a picture of it in action: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vargaso/2819835127/. It held up great during the wind/dust storm on Saturday. I highly recommend it. One of my issues with the really cool looking tension-type structures is that the actual shade area is very small, whereas with a quonset-style, you get more shade for your buck.
Anyway, it's always interesting to see the creative ways people battle the elements out on the playa. It's half the fun of Burning Man, as far as I'm concerned.
I have been looking at this to add as a white-out chill space.
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