Tent Questions!

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Bob » Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:49 pm

How about walking around, sightseeing, disco napping, driving, dancing, fucking, whatever in a fucking vinyl & PVC tube all day and night for eight days? What is wrong with you people? I'm all for DIY, but get some oxygen, please.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Trishntek » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:30 pm

Bob, you just inspired me,,, :mrgreen: a truck load of rail road ties made into lincoln logs. I cannot know what that has to do with this thread though,,, :oops:
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby tattoogoddess » Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:36 pm

Trishntek wrote:Bob, you just inspired me,,, :mrgreen: a truck load of rail road ties made into lincoln logs. I cannot know what that has to do with this thread though,,, :oops:



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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby inthecolumbiagorge » Wed Apr 04, 2012 8:46 pm

We found a business that has large cardboard tubes that we are making into lincoln logs. Way lighter weight but of course not structurally as strong as railroad ties. We will be reinforcing some of them for a lighted fence sort of thing.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Bob » Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:41 pm

Gerlach still has a few old buildings made of railroad ties. You could totally do this with cardboard tubes.

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby DustyBubbles » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:43 am

Wait..why not? It was pretty structurally sound and roomy. I thought it would be a great idea. What are the negatives?
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Finxiekins » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:12 pm

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So, what's up with the railroad ties thing - I think the lincoln logs are a fantastic idea. How do you plan on securing them to the playa?
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby maryanimal » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:39 pm

OK, what is a good length for rebar stakes and how do you curve the ends? I'm going to buy lengths of it at Home Depot/Lowes. Are there places that'll bend it for you?
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Savannah » Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:52 pm

maryanimal wrote:OK, what is a good length for rebar stakes and how do you curve the ends? I'm going to buy lengths of it at Home Depot/Lowes. Are there places that'll bend it for you?


I like 24" lengths of rebar. I drive 'em in halfway. I do not have candy caned rebar. I don't really want to bother trying to pound them while they're in that shape, although perhaps it's not that bad (I don't know--and people obviously manage). Instead, I top my straight rebar with tennis balls in which an "X" has been scored so the rebar can enter (though topping with plastic pop bottles or other things are fine). Cutting an "x" in a tennis ball is not super easy the first time, and requires a certain amount of finesse, hand strength, a good sharp knife, and gloves. I have finesse, but average hand strength--and a certain amount of nervousness with knives--so Motskyroonmatick showed me how.

How do I keep my rope from slipping off straight rebar? I tilt my rebar gently outward at an angle before I pound them. Then I pull the rope from where it's knotted at the top of the shade structure down to the rebar, wind my rope low on the rebar, several times around, onto itself (before the rope is pulled back up and tied to itself with a fancy-ass knot). In my experience, it has held very well. Checking it periodically is smart, though.

Here's some info on candy caning rebar nonetheless. It's very popular, and it does give you a handle to yank with at the end of the week.

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Bob » Wed Apr 18, 2012 4:17 pm

DustyBubbles wrote:Wait..why not? It was pretty structurally sound and roomy. I thought it would be a great idea. What are the negatives?


Go ahead, whatever blows your skirt up. Just seems too much like a bivouac shelter.


Re: rebar, it can be bent easily by heating w/ a propane torch to dark red a couple inches on either side of the bend point. Use a large vise and a short length of 3/4" or 1" pipe, or two short lengths of pipe propped up on bricks.

Or just buy some military surplus stakes, they're less than a buck where I get them.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby maryanimal » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:34 pm

Thanks Savannah and Bob! Both excellent suggestions. I'm not sur I have a torch. Maybe I can get one at harbor freight.

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Elorrum » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:50 pm

I just use the straight pieces, 24". I got some solar lights on the cheap and enlarged the hole in the bottom so the rebar fits in and sticks there. I pound the rebar (slight angle, yep) leave about 8 inches out, put the plastic lamp pipe over that, and cap off with the solar light. looks like I hadn't put the pink plastic garden tape ribbons on the ropes yet... those help with the visuals on the guylines, also the reflective "trip-tease" rope shows up well in night flash shots.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby MyDearFriend » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:54 pm

Yes, MA, leave your rebar straight, put a solar light on each one and you are much better off. 8)

Oh and 24 inch, absolutely.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby maryanimal » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:05 am

Thanks everyone for the great ideas! I like the solar lights idea!!
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby MyDearFriend » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:23 am

I went out last year and stuck a solar light on every uncapped stake between my tent and the JOTS. 8)
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby CornMan » Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:29 pm

I just bent some smaller rebar and welded it on the rebar stakes. Works great. To remove from the playa, just put a pipe through the hole with the end on the ground and pull up - out it goes.

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Elorrum » Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:36 pm

Stylin', Zeke. Nice work.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Finxiekins » Sat May 05, 2012 10:50 am

Zeke Chaparral wrote:I just bent some smaller rebar and welded it on the rebar stakes. Works great. To remove from the playa, just put a pipe through the hole with the end on the ground and pull up - out it goes.

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Dr. Pyro » Sat May 05, 2012 2:22 pm

You know something else that makes a good rebar cap? A Barbie head torn off the doll herself. Fits almost perfectly. And is decorative to boot.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Trishntek » Sat May 05, 2012 4:29 pm

Something else to consider: Tie surveyor's ribbon around your guy lines. Get orange or PINK to draw attention even from the flash of a small light in the dark of night. They tend to gently flap in the wind to make a noticeable, but not annoying sound to those near them. Place two or three of them with 1 foot-long tails on each line.

I've also used styrofoam pipe insulation, commonly called, "NOODLES". They pad the entire exposed length of your stake; you can also fold it over the tip and run it down the other side to cover the entire stake. Just a single wrap of duct tape holds it in place. Then I paint it with a shot of PINK construction spray paint that works upside down.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby hotmess » Thu May 10, 2012 8:55 am

I am part of the spring bar camp. The vagabond 7 is 10 x 14 feett of pure amazing tent. I explained to another user (i think it was Alex) on how I rigged the extra large awning so it would stand up to the dust storms. The tent is not cheap but incredible and good investment. If you are not up for spending that much money any one of there tents will work as they will help keep the dust out.

Also, for keeping warm at night I would suggest bringing a hot water bottle. I have been brining one for years and find it works wonders for fighting off the cold.

In regards to cleaning, our neighbor last year lent us a leaf blower he had brought with him. No joke, that thing took off 2 years or playa dust.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Bob » Thu May 10, 2012 9:15 am

Dr. Pyro wrote:You know something else that makes a good rebar cap? A Barbie head torn off the doll herself. Fits almost perfectly. And is decorative to boot.


You can fit a Barbie head over your, erm, "rebar"? I heard different...
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby theCryptofishist » Thu May 10, 2012 9:25 am

Yeah, those brined hot water bottles are almost as good as brined turkeys. Okay, I'll say terkeys--that way it's about my amusement, not about scoring one on the typo front...
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby hotmess » Thu May 10, 2012 9:38 am

A good brined turkey is hard to find on the playa! :shock:
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby ElevenEleven » Wed May 16, 2012 10:07 pm

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I love my springbar tent on the playa. The canvas breaths, but doesn't let the dust in. The monkey hut worked great to cover it. It kept the sun off, and the temps way down. The AC unit fit conveniently into the bottom of the door. The canvas doesn't hold in the cold of the AC unit very well (its still worth it and makes a huge difference), but DAMN it feels nice blowing on your head as you sleep into the late morning.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby hotmess » Wed May 16, 2012 10:22 pm

What a great set up!! Home sweet home!
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby Savannah » Wed May 16, 2012 11:15 pm

Verrry cool. I also love the color coordination and the signpost. :D

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby ElevenEleven » Fri May 18, 2012 7:52 am

maryanimal wrote:OK, what is a good length for rebar stakes and how do you curve the ends? I'm going to buy lengths of it at Home Depot/Lowes. Are there places that'll bend it for you?


I like to bend my rebar and still cover them with something or block the walking path around them. Bending the rebar gives me more options and strength when securing a structure.

- For bending rebar
Take a long ( at least 3-4 feet ) thick steel pipe and slide it over the rebar to the point that you want to make the bend. Have someone stand ontop of the other side of the rebar to hold it down to the ground, and bend up. You can also use the square part of a truck hitch to make it a one person job. Slide the rebar into hitch and make the bend. Example of a truck hitch that would work is shown below.


TO REMOVE REBAR --- First - Take a long par of vice grip pliers and use them to rotate/twist the rebar around in full circles loosening the playa. The twisting is what really gets the rebar out. After twisting you can use your sledge hammer to pound the rebar from side to side. The twisting helps WAY more then using the brute force of the sledge hammer. After a little work, each rebar should twist out in under a few minuets. If you are still struggling to remove your rebar, make sure you are doing full rotations with your twists while pulling up at the same time.
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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby ElevenEleven » Fri May 18, 2012 8:04 am

Savannah wrote:Verrry cool. I also love the color coordination and the signpost. :D

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Re: Tent Questions!

Postby AntiM » Fri May 18, 2012 8:42 am

We use a large wrecking bar to remove rebar. Lots of leverage. Looks like an overgrown crowbar.
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