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Verlager
2006-02-27, 02:31
http://home.rochester.rr.com/ksose/SgtRock/parts-021.jpg http://home.rochester.rr.com/ksose/SgtRock/eye-rafter-nut1.jpg http://home.rochester.rr.com/ksose/SgtRock/biner-joists1.jpg


After a hike, rather than just throwing everything in a pile to rot, I placed a dozen or so of these eyebolts strategically around the basement thru the floor joists to hang wet tarps, sleeping bags, etc. The hardware I used was 3/8" (or 5/16") diameter, 4" long eyebolts with machine threaded hardware.


Don't use an eyebolt with wood threads. They'll don't have the holding power.
Drill straight, not at an angle. Use a good drill, if you have one.
Don't use anything of lighter guage, such as 1/4" diameter!
Drill the holes at least 1.5" from the bottom.

Carabiner should have the gate opening down, not up.
Picture at above right is correct orientation.


http://home.rochester.rr.com/ksose/SgtRock/speer-01.jpg
I'll catch 4-8 hours of good sleep in this comfy Speer Hammock 2-3x per week. It's a little chilly at times as cold air sinks to the lowest points of the house, but I wear long johns and a microfleece top. Sleeping cold is mildly envigorating and prepares me for the early summer sleepouts here in Rochester NY, where the overnight temp can fluxuate by 30-40 degrees. The vertical straps assist my egress, as well as storing gear, like mp3 players and flashlights.

txulrich
2006-02-27, 09:52
I wish I had a basement!!!

Verlager
2006-02-27, 17:46
I wish I had a basement!!!
Three years ago, flooding took out electricity and sump pumps as well as flooding at least three nearby basements. 86 year old woman had three feet of water in basement; her appliciances were floating, including washing machine and dryer, reefer, etc. My basement is dry, fortunately, I don't use a sump pump.

But the point remains that taking care of the gear after the trip is part of the game. Sleeping bags must be aired out, everything must be inspected for damage or wear, batteries removed (or reversed), clothes washed and dryed. Food containers must be washed. Nalgene bottles cleaned and dryed, blah blah blah.

Then I review what went went wrong and what went right, what gear failed and how will it be replaced, etc.

Turk
2006-02-27, 18:29
On behalf of all plumbers ....

Long live the basement .
If you don't have one, .. I highly recommend picking one up. :biggrin:
Most .. Sane, tradespeople really hate crawlspaces under houses.
Not a good place to spend a working day. Thats where grass clippings,
lost pets and dead neighbours go... not regular working joes.
Most trades double the price when it involves alot of crawling in dirt.
Better yet, forget the house. Make the whole thing a basement.
My next build will absolutely be an earth shelter.

cheers.

txulrich
2006-02-28, 09:35
On behalf of all plumbers ....

Long live the basement .
If you don't have one, .. I highly recommend picking one up. :biggrin:
Most .. Sane, tradespeople really hate crawlspaces under houses.

cheers.

I don't even have a crawl space. Down here they build on slabs. I really miss having a basement. :bawling:

Verlager
2006-02-28, 11:00
I don't even have a crawl space. Down here they build on slabs. I really miss having a basement. :bawling:I wish I had a screened in front porch or a large rear patio deck. Or a more lenient, disinterested parole officer. One who would look the other way, and wasn't always asking so many questions. "Did you look for work this week?" "Blah, blah blah."