Best way to secure large poles in the playa dust?

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Best way to secure large poles in the playa dust?

Postby StickyChron » Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:22 pm

This is my first burn, myself and about 10 others are caravaning out. I'm interested in the best ways to make a large closed area with tarps/rebar/wood posts? We have some ideas already, using two cars for support on one side, but i'm interested in free standing shelters.
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Postby Bob » Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:14 pm

Try browsing through the Q&A topic area, it's around here somewhere.
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Re: Best way to secure large poles in the playa dust?

Postby Rice » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:31 pm

StickyChron wrote:This is my first burn, myself and about 10 others are caravaning out. I'm interested in the best ways to make a large closed area with tarps/rebar/wood posts? We have some ideas already, using two cars for support on one side, but i'm interested in free standing shelters.


Hi StickyChron, welcome to the ePlaya!!

Here are some ePlaya links: viewtopic.php?t=28801&highlight=shade+structure
viewtopic.php?t=39037&highlight=shade+structure
viewtopic.php?t=38895&highlight=shade+structure
viewtopic.php?t=2957&highlight=shade+structure
viewtopic.php?t=38845&highlight=shade+structure

I am sure there are others, but that is the best I will do in 2 min.

Be sure to bring gloves to protect your hands, I use ratchet straps & 1ft long reebar pieces to secure my shade structure (a 10ftx20ft car port http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4 ... ?locale=en )

Everything I suggest is what works for me, your experience will probably be different.

The best source of information is your local burner, have you checked out the Regional Burners page on the BM site?? http://regionals.burningman.com/

Oh, and also check out the First Timer's guide: http://www.burningman.com/first_timers/ http://www.burningman.com/preparation/

Lastly, you should read the Survival Guide: http://www.burningman.com/preparation/e ... index.html


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Postby Trishntek » Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:41 pm

By buying regular chain link fencing poles at the local hardware store, cutting them to size, and buying fittings, 14mil. HD tarp, and bungee balls from here:

http://www.canopiesandtarps.com/

I've come up with a 42'X60' solid shade structure with wind-break for under $1500. Granted, it required many hours measuring, drawing and cutting.

With this setup, it can be as small or large as you wish.
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Postby StickyChron » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:23 pm

Holy cow, thanks for the helpful links guys. This should keep me busy for a while.
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