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Old 11-10-2013, 11:18 AM   #11
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Forgot, I have several pics here of my yurt in the 'building yurt' section. Click on 'homemade yurt'.
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Old 11-10-2013, 11:30 AM   #12
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I re-iterate My actually much simpler TIMBERLOCK fastened "four corners"/4 Directions( - of a round yurt....no less.....) approach.....also visible....is My approach to the FLAP......I have used this with my 16 ft....and my 24 ft yurts...I splice a Polypro threestrand line....larger diameter on the larger yurt and with clove hitched bowlines I run 12 evenly spaced lines down to either the rafter ends( Larger yurt....) or to the cable around the flooring on the Chuck and laurel 16 footer....fastening with a truckers slipped hitch...that can be tightened...when needed.....My low-tech roof covering ( both are DYI yurts that I have been using for nearly 30 years on my smaller one....and over 10 years on the 24ft-er....This Rope ring tends to chafe the cover...after a coupla years...when it is usually time for me to sew/make another cover...($100 in materials) (oh ....for the $ for enough Sunbrella fabric to cover....and the time to sew it up!!!)
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Old 01-01-2014, 03:52 PM   #13
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Thanks for the help.

I installed perimeter studs and that has helped a lot. I would be interested in the triangle braces that someone mentioned.
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Old 01-01-2014, 04:04 PM   #14
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as shown in the photo ...posted..on my 24 foot diameter yurt roof....the rafters actually extend past the wall by.4ft...i installed 8 Locust struts.....maybe 30: long....in the form of "points" at the four quadrant locations..around the central ring...drilled and fastened with TIMBERLOCK 4" hex screws into the central ring AND the rafters where they landed. By stabilizing the rafters at 4 points around the roof...the others have stayed nicely in place....no more rotational movement.....easy and quick with a safe stepladder...and a screw gun....ch Cole on Cape Cod....
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:29 AM   #15
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I've survived nearly 2 years and several 90 + MPH winds including some of the worst storms on record. My yurt has never been tied down.

It gets really scary, sometimes what I imagine being on a small boat in a storm might be like. Sometimes the wind whips right through the yurt causing the whole thing to jump and the roof moves like a giant speaker cone at a rock concert. I particularly like it when the wind rifles around the roof living up the felt layer and dropping it down again in a circular motion. Keeps me on my toes. I'm about to replace the horse hair ropes that are holding the crown cover on though because they are rotting. I have to keep going outside in storms to check the ropes, which is fun.

Which is really good, because I don't the yurt would stay together if it were too rigid. I suspect what is happening is that due to the way the structure moves it absorbs the energy well from the wind.
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