On June 9th the self balancing scooter, Meta, had been accepted by the Burning Man DMV. But I had not recieved the email telling me this. Just a couple of days ago I sent in an email and they informed me of the acceptance. So now the scooter has to be inspected when I arrive at the playa for both a day and night license. I have to get the lighting on it.

Bill and I talked to Dmiles of the BM Roller Disco. He has some room left for camping. So I think Bill will be set up there. I’m in the AEZ.

Here is a mini evaporative cooling tower design by Mike Swift. He sketched this out for me during today’s SJEAA meeting for use in my Yurt at BM.

Early this morning I dug out the old Pfaff sewing machine and sewed the very first pieces of canvas together to make our first K hinge. Although we didn’t glue it down yet, we decided to test our gluing skills with Liquid Nails to an upper section of the roof. We glued on a 6 inch wide piece of canvas to each side for strength. I ended up using a piece of plastic to act as a Bondo spreader. The glue spreads very nicely and quickly before it sets.

Here is how the pieces for each of the roof panels get assembled. Just like the picture says, score the foam board from each side to make a nice clean cut.

Today Bill and I went through ideas for the assembly process that I think would make for a ‘once piece’ fold out Yurt. I drew up some ‘paper dolls’ and we folded them into the most efficient shape for transporting them. There will be a couple of challenges but the assembly time on the playa will be very short and I hope can be done by just one person. What a claim!!

We also went to the store and picked up a couple of R-Max panels and some liquid nails in the 28oz tube. We looked at the 8oz canvas cloth at HD but it didn’t seem to be heavier than what I bought at the fabric store. I may take a trip to the army surplus to see if there is any canvas that is heavier.

We hope to get some testing going on the K hinge system, but Michael Jackson’s Memorial is tomorrow, so we may have to push out our testing one day.

I made up this sketch trying to describe to the AEZ folks what I mean by using canvas and Liquid Nails to hinge Yurt foam board panels together. I call it the K hinge. Today I found some decent weight canvas for testing my hinge design. I need to get the foam boards and some Liquid Nails to start the actual testing.

I went through the wagon today and fixed a bunch of dumb things. All of the mirrors were loose. The headliner was falling down. Mostly I found that the A/C had a leak in the low side shrader valve core. So I put a bicycle core in their until I find out if the system leaks or not. That fixed it. I pumped it up with 108 psi of compressed air, with the compressor disconnected. That way when I check it in a week I’ll know for sure if it’s air tight or not. 108 psi is over 4 times the pressure that a 28 inch vacuum will create. So it’s a good method that I’ve used for years to make A/C systems reliable. I do need to find out if the bicycle shrader core is compliant with R12 oils and refrigerant.

Here is our concept sketches of our Yurt. It was made tonight on the back of a Denny’s paper place mat. This is when we first documented our idea of a Yurt that has the roof and walls folding out from one continuous piece, and our internal anchoring system.

This past weekend Bill and I went to SoulStance. It’s a warmup for Burning Man. I met some great Burners that answered all of my millions of questions. No one gave a thumbs down to our idea of making a foamboard Yurt. Below are the notes that I took. I remembered using the cooling vests and bandana’s from hot weather motorcycle riding for cooling folks off. I think that it would work great at BM. There are sites that have DIY pages so you can make your own. Here is a link for some nice commercial versions.

Geraldo +
Springbar Vagabond 4, ~$400
Army surplus tent stakes (Red, tempered)
Wrap around pants/long sleeves Thaicraftwarehouse.com
Fur covered straps back pack straps (Camelback)
Blinkey leds on Camelback.
Dust goggles – clear @ night, dark @ day
Dust masks
Head lamp w/lithium batts
Camelback with pockets for masks
Reflective clothes and bands
Water holding bandana (motorcycle)
Don’t accept food and drinks from strangers
Baby wipes
Vinegar spray bottle for alkaline dust
Towels evaporate water fast
Catch pan for dripping vehicles fluids
Single ply toilet paper
FRS not working in camps. Ok on Playa
Hats with strings – 2 hats!
2 pairs of shades -> Snow blind!
Tribe.net thaicraftwarehouse.com Thai clothing
M-Th easier to view artwork. Less crowded
Leaving Monday morning easier
Say in Reno afterwards & shower
El lighting
Gray water evaporation AEZ 12-3 Sun
Bicycle jerseys (long sleeve) Bill

El wire Adhesive E-6000 from TAP and Michael’s
EL Panel
Keep out of sund – Harms EL wire
Coolight.com Florida Coolneon.com Oakland
Use copperwire for moving joints
Use multiple inverteres – one for each strand
Inverters rated to power ‘X’ feet of EL wire
Use heatshrink with adhesive inside for weather proofing
Coppertape for soldering power leads to different EL Wire diamters
High bright or low bright EL wire
Playa = 4k feet altitude
Human Carcass wash -> Poly Paradise Camp 3-5pm daily
Yurt Cooling? Evaporative? Wind Powered?
Swamp coolers -> sustainabiliville camp
Ember from AEZ builds Evapotron
Ask AEZ mayor for camping space & about 120v power access

It look like Bill is on board with going to Burning Man. He wants to camp with the Roller Disco guys. I’m bringing my skates as well. I’m still searching for a camp to join. I am really impressed with the idea of a Yurt made from foam insulation boards. It’s suppose to help keep the interior temperature down. We will ask folks about that at the Soulstance gathering this coming weekend. We are rookies after all. We also talked about renting a large truck for bringing all of our stuff.

Here is an url that has a fellow’s experience with building a Yurt at BM the way Bill and I want to.

Here is an 8 foot high HexaYurt being set up on the playa.

« Previous PageNext Page »