roastduck wrote:Good morning, campers!
So, I'm a first-timer, planning my [ideally] 2012 trip (worst case, 2013), and i'm wanting to build a 24' diameter 5/8 3v dome out of 3/4" galvanized steel conduit. Since the height of it will be about 15 feet, i plan on having a sort of loft in the middle. Perhaps on a free-standing platform, but the idea of suspending it intrigues me. I also think it would be neat-o to put a deck on top from which to gaze upon my surroundings. am i setting my sights too high? Will the dome be able to support both of these structures?
After reading this thread and doing some research, i would suspend the loft from the vertices of the top pentagon, with guy wires going out to the sides to keep it from twisting about. (should i end up sleeping up there for some reason, i'd want it to be as stable as possible, since i sometimes do calisthenics in my sleep). The deck would be on supports coming of from the circle of vertices directly below the top pentagon. Is all this possible, or am i doomed to an embarrassing end??
Also, do you generally use your dome as you personal camp, or as a sort of common room for a large group of people?
I actually was thinking of making pretty much the same thing without the platform deck on top. Next year will be my 3rd, and I've progressively built larger and more complex shelter starting with some hexayurts and this year I want to go DOME
From all the reading I've done so far on this thread, it seems the vertexes on a 5/8 3v 24' diameter shouldn't have a problem holding a suspended platform. I was gonna have it made maybe out of wood or netting and use eyebolts instead of regular bolts on some of the vertices to tie it too. There was mention of something similar on this site
if you scroll all the way to the bottom. I plan to leave the top portion of my dome uncovered so the suspended platform can be used as an observation deck during the day and a stargazing bed / chill space at night. If I can figure it out, I would also like to have a pole from the ground all the way to the top of the dome to act as a sort of fireman's pole to slide down with
Or maybe a climbing rope with knots...
Anyway, looks like I'll have a partner in crime for dome planning!