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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby FIGJAM » Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:56 pm

mulch, tell your son that 50,000 people think he's an idiot AND disagree with him! :twisted:
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Canoe » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:03 pm

LOL!

Love it!
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby jkisha » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:30 pm

FIGJAM wrote:mulch, tell your son that 50,000 people think he's an idiot AND disagree with him! :twisted:

That, or bring him along. You probably wouldn't be able to get him off of it once he got on the playa!

Very nice, btw.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Sic Pup » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:40 pm

Mulch, you're a wizard!.....or a genie or something like that. Very cool.


I set up the tent, I can get at least one more year out of it.

Made a note to fix one grommet on the tent if I ever run across one of the grommet repair kits I buy every year just in case I need it that I've yet to use.

Made a note to apply graphite or something like that to the tent zippers since they're a little sluggish (any recommendation?)

Made a note to mark 1' mark on MH rebar to facilitate setup

Added a 10' 1"dia SCH 40 to shopping list

Made note to halve said PVC, one half to replace missing shade piece and the other as a spare.

Collected a head lamp and a commando hat that were Father's day gifts and the "lantern" I picked up at a yard sale and threw them in the same general vicinity in the garage as incentive to finally clean and organize the garage so I can set a proper staging area.

Vowed to look at the note tomorrow.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Savannah » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:26 pm

jkisha wrote:
FIGJAM wrote:mulch, tell your son that 50,000 people think he's an idiot AND disagree with him! :twisted:

That, or bring him along. You probably wouldn't be able to get him off of it once he got on the playa!


Totally true. :lol:

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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby mulch » Sat Jul 20, 2013 5:40 pm

He and his 21 year old sister are begging to go. He'll be in school but I told her she could camp near me, but that was as much help as I was offering.

Installed brake controller for trailer this evening. And rinsed out 150 lbs of activated charcoal for recirculating shower

Granted you could hitchhike in with a backpack and mooch a blast, but that's not how we are doing it at all. Both me and my campmate ( high school friend ) have been getting shit (toys and comforts) delivered UPS to the office to avoid snarky comments from our not invited families.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby BeeWeeDee » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:13 pm

Put up the tipi for the first time today and I learned a lot. Looks like I could tie the poles together a little higher up and shift the canvas cover up higher as well. I ended up with the cover being a tad loose. I also learned that I can put this thing up by myself - yeah!

Also tested out the oven/stove combo and got my bike checked out - The tires were still inflated from last year so that was positive

Got my el-wire ordered.

Took a nap.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Patsh » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:40 pm

Sic Pup wrote:
Made a note to apply graphite or something like that to the tent zippers since they're a little sluggish (any recommendation?)



If you use graphite of any consistency, you'll end up with a nasty mess.

I found the best thing for tent and sleeping bag zippers ( actually, any zippers) is this liquid 'wax' sold for bicycles, and applied with an acid brush ( or any small paint brush). Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of it right now, and I'm a couple thousand miles away from my bottle of it, until next weekend. It's quite expensive ( about $14 for a bottle) but worth every penny. Found in a regular bike shop.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby TT120 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:45 pm

Triken wrote:
Sic Pup wrote:
Made a note to apply graphite or something like that to the tent zippers since they're a little sluggish (any recommendation?)



If you use graphite of any consistency, you'll end up with a nasty mess.

I found the best thing for tent and sleeping bag zippers ( actually, any zippers) is this liquid 'wax' sold for bicycles, and applied with an acid brush ( or any small paint brush). Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of it right now, and I'm a couple thousand miles away from my bottle of it, until next weekend. It's quite expensive ( about $14 for a bottle) but worth every penny. Found in a regular bike shop.

I wonder if motorcycle chain wax is the same stuff? It's a waxy lubricant you spray on the chain. I'll have to try that on a couple zippers that aren't playing nice.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Savannah » Sat Jul 20, 2013 6:55 pm

White Lightning "Clean Ride" is the chain lube I have specifically for the desert. You have to have a clean chain to start. It came highly recommended to me by trusted bike aficionados.

I'm betting it would be great on a zipper too, but I've never tried it.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Patsh » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:29 pm

Savannah wrote:White Lightning "Clean Ride" is the chain lube I have specifically for the desert. You have to have a clean chain to start. It came highly recommended to me by trusted bike aficionados.

I'm betting it would be great on a zipper too, but I've never tried it.


That's exactly it, Savannah!! White Lightening has several different types, but Clean Ride is the one that's best for zippers. In 2011, I didn't have a brush, and applied it straight from the bottle, making streaks on the tent. The brush really helps avoid that. Super Good Stuff!!! :D

And, as an added bonus, it works great on bike chains!
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:03 pm

New head unit for the Land Yacht sound system today... one of those things with the USB input and iPod controls as well as CD player.
OK, on to the NEXT expense for this goddamm party...

I haven't kept a running total, and I don't want to sit down and even ball-park it.
The hope is that next year I can pretty much just dust everything off and go. But of course I know better.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Savannah » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:04 pm

Triken wrote:And, as an added bonus, it works great on bike chains!
(Insert toothy grin here)



And you do have a great smile, Triken! :D


. . . You guys! I just bought a pattern to make a coat. I'm going to go for a run and then decide if I think I'm capable of following it. If I am, I'm going to combine several holidays' worth of hoarded gift cards and buy a basic Serger so I can actually make the thing.

I'm kinda scared, actually! I can hand-sew, dye, hem some pants or something; I can glue sequins individually to a bustier for two days straight . . . but I haven't touched a sewing machine since college. :shock:
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:13 pm

I haven't touched a sewing machine in ages either, and I have some upholstery to do on the MV...
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:21 pm

Savannah, I've owned 3 sergers and still can't really use one. This is not the time to learn. If you can sew on a regular machine save yourself a week or two of frustration and do it that way. Or maybe it's just me and sergers are a breeze. NOT!!
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:21 pm

some upholstery to do on the MV...



wow, you just gave me an idea for a business in gerlach......Mutant Upholstery...
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:23 pm

Great, Simon!! I'll bring it by for a quote!
Now I don't have to haul it down to TJ for some tuck & roll.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby TT120 » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:27 pm

Dug my Playa bike out today. The chain is in pretty sad shape and I might have to replace it if I can't clean it up. Lubed all the cables and gave it a once over. Even the christmas lights still work.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby tamarakay » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:31 pm

I made the stallion three new pairs of pants, fixed a camisole of mine, AND our new aeropress was delivered. Yeah!
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Savannah » Sat Jul 20, 2013 8:33 pm

Ratty wrote:Savannah, I've owned 3 sergers and still can't really use one. This is not the time to learn. If you can sew on a regular machine save yourself a week or two of frustration and do it that way. Or maybe it's just me and sergers are a breeze. NOT!!


I truly appreciate the warning, Ratty! Thank you. How about this: I will not count on being able to learn it fast enough for my purposes, but I'm going to give it a shot. I work best under pressure. If I don't succeed, I will have used the deadline of the 2013 Burn to trick myself into trying something that I would have postponed (yet again) for months more.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:03 pm

Good idea. Worst case....You have a new serger. Yippie!! I was able to serge after adjusting and readjusting but then if I changed fabric I had to start adjusting all over again. Tension on one thread can be tricky. 4 threads drove me nuts.

I'm staring over at mine and it looks like the entrance to hell. Beckoning me to come closer.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Savannah » Sat Jul 20, 2013 10:05 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Sic Pup » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:18 pm

Added White Lightning - Clean Ride to the list.

As I recall last time I had to awkwardly squeeze through a narrow opening halfway up the door until I found the time to manipulate the zipper. At first I said fuck it and was thankful for the pee jug but eventually figured that I had to eat at some point and that it was an awful long way to go to just hang out in a tent.

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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Elorrum » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:20 pm

I ordered an innertube for my solar cooker. I think. It may end up being only 4 inches in diameter, or 4 feet. I tried to find out how innertubes are coded... and had no luck. I sort of guessed by finding a photo, hoping it was of what I might be ordering, and seeing how large the valve was in relation to the tube. . Next I need to pick up a cheap print or photo at goodwill for a pane of glass. add a black piece of plywood, and hey presto. I hope.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Canoe » Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:37 am

Let me guess. Broiled exploded inner tube for an early lunch?

Found this. Mason jar and milk/juice carton top with screw cap.

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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 21, 2013 8:11 am

Last year my storage tent zipper failed. It's now on my list of repairs. It's an ancient canvas tent but had a nylon zipper. I kept rubbing it with sunscreen. (That was the only grease I had). That worked till Friday. When the wind started blowing my zipper broke and the tent filled up with dust. It was almost time to come home anyway. I better go dig that greasy mess out and sew on a new zipper.

Here comes the punchline..........I keep white lightening in my bike repair kit that I had with me.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby tatonka » Sun Jul 21, 2013 11:39 am

BeeWeeDee wrote:Put up the tipi for the first time today and I learned a lot. Looks like I could tie the poles together a little higher up and shift the canvas cover up higher as well. I ended up with the cover being a tad loose. I also learned that I can put this thing up by myself - yeah!

Also tested out the oven/stove combo and got my bike checked out - The tires were still inflated from last year so that was positive

Got my el-wire ordered.

Took a nap.


I have a 20ft one but no poles :( , your property looks very nice, what part of wyoming is that?
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby Ratty » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:07 pm

It's never as bad as you imagine. Except of course when it's worse. I sewed a old zipper on my favorite tent. It looks like hell but I don't care. I have a little old singer that is for dirty jobs like this.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby BeeWeeDee » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:18 pm

I have a 20ft one but no poles :( , your property looks very nice, what part of wyoming is that?


I'm about 13 miles west of Cody on the S. fork of the Shoshoni river at the end of a dead end road. My sanctuary really.
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Re: One Item for BM a Day

Postby jkisha » Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:37 pm

BeeWeeDee wrote:
I have a 20ft one but no poles :( , your property looks very nice, what part of wyoming is that?


I'm about 13 miles west of Cody on the S. fork of the Shoshoni river at the end of a dead end road. My sanctuary really.

Yikes, sounds more like solitary confinement to me. :shock: Though it does look like a nice place to visit.
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