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Old 10-28-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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I recently moved my family into a yurt, and things have been great until last nights wind storm. I woke to flapping and noise and came out to see the compression ring shift (to my sleepy eyes) dramatically! It freaked me out. I have been researching this morning and I plan on putting 2x4 studs under each rafter as it says to do on Colorado Yurt Co's website. Any suggestions? Will this take care of the movement? What can be done about the flapping of the roof against the rafters?

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Old 10-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #2
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While I've never had to do this as I live in a hollow that get's no straight line wind, I've seen pictures where nylon rope is thrown over the roof of the yurt and secured to the yurt on the bender board. It doesn't go directly over but sort of around the top, and you can do multiple strands to cover the flapping. It does no harm to the yurt top from what I can see and it can be removed when you want very easily.
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Old 10-28-2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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I use those dog things that screw into the ground and run a cable up through the kahanna and hook it onto the

tension cable

when it's on the ground or tie it down to a copper two hole strap screwed to the deck.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:50 PM   #4
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What kind of yurt do you have, what manufacturer?
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I have a 30ft Colorado yurt co.
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Old 10-29-2013, 05:23 PM   #6
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Something sounds wrong here. Do you have the metal brackets installed? I guess I am finding it hard to picture the

center ring

shifting. Can you post a pic?
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Old 10-30-2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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You should check your walls for plumb. The yurt may have shifted in the wind and actually be leaning to one side a bit. If this is the case you should correct it prior to installing the studs or other tie-downs.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:05 AM   #8
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I am guessing that the central ring rotated ??? I have found a good solution that I have not seen elsewhere....I used 30" pieces of Locust.....and triangulated at each of the four directions with timberlocks into the rafters.....Four of these pairs of struts.....one pair at each quadrant and I have had NO further rotation....for years....this is a homegrown 24 ft diameter....w/2x4" rafters....in the Hollow....but in a very windy part of the country.....
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I am trying to add a photo of my 4 Quadrant roof struts...in my 24 ft yurt.and no luck so far
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With no pics I'm gonna guess a simple solution to ring rotation. How about attaching t shaped 'Simpson Strong Tie' construction connectors to the rafter/ ring joints? (cheap and available at all Lowe's, Depot, lumberyards) They can be bent in a vise to fit your yurt geometry, and screwed into place. The connectors have holes punched in them for nails. But use drywall screws. Be sure you drill pilot holes or the wood will split or screws shear off.

Regarding roof flapping, I've had that on my 16' yurt. To cut down on the amount of flap, I took a 60' length of old 11mm climbing rope and knotted it into a large loop. Then I formed five small anchor loops equidistant around the perimeter of the big loop. I centered that big loop up on the roof cover, and anchored off the five loops with short ropes to my ground anchors. I sized it such that the loop is about halfway from ring to khana. That really cut down on the flapping.

I've seen pics of Mongolian yurts where they simply flip a few ropes over the cover and anchor those to the ground. That cuts down on flapping and also anchors the entire yurt.

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