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Forum: Building a Yurt 09-18-2020, 12:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 370
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Rain cover with ventilation for tono in Mongolian Ger?

Are you talking about an iron for ironing clothes? The computer heat sink I understand.

Scott
Forum: Building a Yurt 09-17-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 370
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Rain cover with ventilation for tono in Mongolian Ger?

James,

So it sounds like you're running the incoming cold air through your computer's heat sink? Wild! I'd be worried about condensation getting on the motherboard.

I was just trying to...
Forum: Building a Yurt 09-16-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 370
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Rain cover with ventilation for tono in Mongolian Ger?

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50349468553_b98223cd2f_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2jHdbRp)

I *think* this is what James is talking about? In the winter you bring your fresh air into the yurt...
Forum: Building a Yurt 08-02-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,882
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Flooring Options

I did use tongue-and-groove. Any board type flooring makes cutting the edges painful. It helps to cut out a piece of wood or plastic the same curvature as the outer wall. Then you can use a sharpie...
Forum: Building a Yurt 08-02-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,882
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Flooring Options

Hi Mary,

I got mine at Lumber Liquidators. Because my square footage was so small it was easy to get some leftovers on clearance. Overall I've been very happy with it. The one problem is that it...
Forum: Building a Yurt 07-02-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Insulated floor- (foam board sandwich?)

I have a small 12" yurt I've lived in full time for five years in Texas and that's how I did mine. I used 2 layers of OSB with foam sandwiched between them. I don't think I glued anything because I...
Forum: Building a Yurt 04-22-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 464
Posted By thebitmaster
Re: Billboard or other Vinyl roof cover

I've lived in a 12' homebuilt yurt covered with recycled billboard vinyl for about 5 years. I vaguely recall a little of that smell initially, but one advantage of recycled is that it's sat outside...
Forum: Building a Yurt 03-19-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
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, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,068
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, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,068
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: 4,181
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: 4,181
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: 4,181
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: 4,181
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, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,074
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, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,387
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, 03:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,573
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, 03:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,573
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: 22
Views: 4,882
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: 1,867
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: 1,700
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, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,003
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: 1,374
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: 2,541
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: 4,136
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...
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