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Forum: Building a Yurt 03-19-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Assembling yurt alone...

I second the "build a hoist" idea. I originally had a fancy Voltron-style tripod thing that I assembled out of six of my roof rafters. It had a pulley on top to fine tune the roof height.

You can...
Forum: Yurt Living 01-09-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,440
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

The first and second scorpions appeared on the first and second dates with a new woman on the ceiling over the bed. :)

I've now used a Honeywell and Haier rolling portable AC unit in the summers....
Forum: Yurt Living 01-04-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,440
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

I don't really have much problem with pests. Mosquitos are the most annoying, because they will find any tiny hole to get in through, and will infest any accessible water. I have one of those...
Forum: Yurt Repair 05-16-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,969
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: use rivet to joint the lattice wall together

My RV is a custom stealth short-wheelbase high-top Sprinter that I'm working on myself. While I don't currently have plans to live in it full time (I have a yurt for that!) that's the design spec....
Forum: Yurt Repair 05-16-2018, 11:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,969
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: use rivet to joint the lattice wall together

Wow, it's surprising that they don't use something more strong! It would seem to depend a lot on wind, snow load, people crawling on top, etc.

The lathe cross at the top is also where mine rests....
Forum: Yurt Repair 05-16-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,969
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: use rivet to joint the lattice wall together

Bob,

Thanks for all the info. I really appreciate field reports from people who've tried a lot of things. Are you talking about the tension ring at the top, or another belly band in the middle of...
Forum: Yurt Repair 05-14-2018, 11:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,969
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: use rivet to joint the lattice wall together

I used Chicago Bolts for my 16/12" yurt, and they've worked well in the field for several years. They're sized for 3x the width of the khana ribs, so there's an extra rib of slop. Note that my khana...
Forum: Building a Yurt 02-03-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,926
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Flooring options for transportable yurt?

Hi! I'm in Austin. I don't move my yurt very often, but I wanted to create a platform that could be moved by an average sized sedan if necessary. I didn't completely achieve that, but I got close.
...
Forum: Building a Yurt 01-21-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,198
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: MOLD and Offgassing!

I live in a small 12-ft yurt in Austin where humidity can be a problem, especially in the summer. Other people with more cold weather experience should chime in. There are several things that help....
Forum: Powering the Yurt 11-05-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,938
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Solar question-help needed

Also, adding a second cheap panel that's mostly compatible is probably easier and cheaper than all the timers, etc. Or trading the one you have and a little cash for two that are compatible and can...
Forum: Powering the Yurt 11-05-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,938
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Solar question-help needed

I second the idea of using DC->DC converters instead of 120V if you really don't need it. They make them for various laptops, along with the stuff already show here.

However, it's also worth just...
Forum: Building a Yurt 06-26-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,385
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Flooring Options

I installed my cork flooring after the yurt was up. It simply stops short of the wall lattice, leaving a small gap. Since my 12' yurt is pretty full, I don't see the gap. Overall the cork has been...
Forum: Building a Yurt 06-14-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,104
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: yurt skylight

I've got an ongoing project to improve my low-cost roof hole solution in my 12" yurt. I just made another modification yesterday. I should make some design diagrams so other people can try it out.
Forum: Yurt Living 03-13-2017, 12:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,159
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Cutting Firewood With The Sun & New Art

Great job!

I'm in Texas, so although we have ample mesquite on the property, we don't use much wood for burning. We use a little in a small rocket stove, but mostly heat with E- and propane. Our...
Forum: Building a Yurt 01-12-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,351
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: DIY top insulation

I have some Reflectrix I'll be installing for this summer. I second using metal tape for the joins. I also use a layer of comforters and sleeping bags between my outer recycled billboard vinyl and...
Forum: Everything Else 10-10-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,019
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Surely Stairs

Great job! I frequently wish I had a small platform instead of simple steps like you started with. When I finally go that route, I'll probably make a little deck for two.
Forum: Yurt Plans 08-07-2016, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,767
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: joining yurts

I built my own yurt that I live in, but have no experience with joining multiple yurts. However, I'm about 99.9% certain that one bigger yurt, with subdivisions inside if you need it, is going to be...
Forum: Building a Yurt 06-13-2016, 01:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,719
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Cooling a Yurt in the Midwest

It seems like you're trying most of the right things. Unless there is an air gap between then, adding another layer of radiant barrier bubblewrap probably won't help much. It has almost no insulating...
Forum: Building a Yurt 06-06-2016, 08:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,719
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Cooling a Yurt in the Midwest

I've got a 12' yurt on a platform in Austin, Texas. We're about to get into 100+ degrees at 40% humidity, so cooling is paramount. My yurt is covered with recycled billboard vinyl, and currently...
Forum: Building a Yurt 03-23-2016, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,955
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Yurt from scratch or buy a kit?

It also surprised me that making the cover is as much or more work than the frame. Since I currently use recycle billboard vinyl, I have to re-make at least the top about once a year. Good quality...
Forum: Building a Yurt 03-23-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,955
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Yurt from scratch or buy a kit?

The Monica Cello yurt is the same one I started with, although the current plans online have been updated since I made mine. It was a good starting design, and although I've upgraded it in many ways,...
Forum: Building a Yurt 03-22-2016, 08:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,955
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Yurt from scratch or buy a kit?

I'm someone who's currently living in a yurt he built himself. The biggest problem with building from scratch is that there aren't many really great designs online or in books for exactly how to...
Forum: Yurt Living 03-22-2016, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,440
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: A yurt in northeast Texas

Hi Psy.

I'm in the process of moving into my yurt full time in Austin. I've been sleeping in it for several months. We have more humidity than you, but less wind and cold. I had just figured out...
Forum: Yurt Plans 11-01-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,841
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: some questions about staying warm -- floor insulation and heating

I'm currently building a platform for my 12' yurt, and was intrigued by these guys as an alternative to SIPS for areas not needing a huge amount of insulation:

Amdry 2.09 in. x 2 ft. x 4 ft. OSB...
Forum: Building a Yurt 10-20-2015, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,683
Posted By thebitmaster
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