Krokodyle wrote:How did this end up working for you? Was there a proliferation of stakes involved? No wind problems?
I'd say it worked decently, though not perfectly. I'll list my thoughts.
1. Putting in the grommets was a bit of a pain/time consuming, but not horrible. The 2 biggest issues there were that: 1. The "extra" grommets i bought for my grommet kit weren't a perfect fit for the grommet tool, so the grommets came out a little deformed, though still functional. 2. I did the hammering in my apartment, which pissed off the guy below me
2. When we staked the ground cover tarps down initially, we hadn't yet set up our monkey hut or put anything on top of them. Within a few minutes, a wind kicked up and caused the canvas to flap up and down, pulling against the stakes. Since the grommets weren't fantastic, and because the canvas drop cloth was only 8oz (not super strong), this caused a tear relatively quickly at the grommet point. We rushed over with boxes of water to hold it down, which eventually did the trick, but those guys did not want to lay on the ground without stuff on top of them. I think I did 8 grommets per tarp... I think...
3. The canvas did stay down, and did provide a lot of the protection we were looking for. It wasn't luxurious, but it was way better than sitting directly on the ground. Many of us ended up laying on the floor doing little projects without a second thought. We wouldnt have done that without the ground cover.
4. The tarps were pretty beat up at the end of the burn. I'm not sure if we'll use them again, but some of them could possibly be used. Most were starting to pull at the grommet points and several had tears. During the week it wasnt an issue, but if we had to lay them down again it'd be a little uglier job. They're obviously inundated with playa dust, but even a new ground cover would have that happen before long. Maybe we shouldnt have used grommets, but instead used the tie-down method where you put a marble/penny/whatever against the cloth, then tie it in with some rope to provide a strong tie-down point. That may not ahve held them as close to the ground, but that wouldnt matter once you put stuff on top of them (chairs, water, people, etc.)
5. I didnt visualize it quite right originally, so the 4 or 5 canvas tarps actually had a little square gap right in the middle of the arrangement because they're not perfect little tetris pieces... Or maybe I just laid them down wrong and didnt care to fix it.... Anyway, make sure u wont have a center hole like I did
It's obviously been about a year since then, so I'm a little fuzzy on the details, but that's the gist. Ask me a question. If I dont respond, I probably missed the thread, so remind me via PM