October First 2017
One word summary of 2017: HOT
It was way too hot this year to do much of anything. Over 100 degrees (F) in the shade.
Green granola bars are moop bombs and explode everywhere.
We need a rebar hammer to avoid burning out all of our campers. electric demolition hammer converted to rebar drill with a "ground stake adapter". No more than 10cm should be exposed above the ground, which requires far more pounding than anyone wants to do.
- Shade teams need a "boot camp" to learn the proper techniques and tightening procedures
- Knot tying should also be taught, either The Eye's "Two-half hitches" or my suggested "Prusik".
- Water bar was an ok success, although only slightly better than last year.
- We talked with the hack-a-cola group about their carbonator and learned some lessons.
- Should pre-chill the water before carbonation
- Should use rigid lines for the post-carbonation, otherwise flex will allow CO2 out of suspension
- 50-psi is fine, 100-psi causes leaks
- Everyone at the bar needs a training course in detecting failures
- No matter how many times I said all joints must be sealed with teflon tape, the long water hose was not taped and we had to dig it up twice to repair it.
- Luckily the giant puddle made finding the spot easy...
- Shade between RVs worked well even in the wind storm. We bought the cheap, no-grommet, netting 60% black-shade fabric, $60 for 20x20. To attach it to the rope we rolled the edges and threaded bungies through. Seemed to hold up
- The finest showers in the land worked well, but required lots of time and material to build. How was the grey water handling?
- Closing the D shade structure made it difficult for the water truck to reach the tank and complicated water refills.
- The palette rack frontage was difficult to secure and the stairs were still too damn tall.
- The smaller palette racks worked well, but switching them out took way longer than expected. Not a great choice to do all of the containers in camp at the same time -- delayed other builds and we really had to scramble to meet our 23:59 Sunday deadline.
- Hook magnets were amazing in the container. We could have used another dozen.
- USB rechargable magnet lights were also great in the workspace.
- Bluetooth speakers made build week musical until the sound was setup. $50, 20W worked great.
- We had our first tour of D-Lot. Once again, NO WILL-CALL, although it is not as bad during early build week.
- Bare electronics screwed directly to the wood worked great again this year.
- 5V 12A sealed power supplies worked great again this year. No failures year-to-year.
- Helios bars survived -- 23/24 tested fine and the one hard a ground-handling incident that required a wire to be resoldered.
- Horizontal bars are too climbable; vertical aspect ratio looks better anyway
- Horizontal bars look too much like a bodgea sign; let's stick with vertical or radial
- USB soldering irons continue to be amazing, Sal Ammoniac Tinning Block cleaned them nicely
- Pinkbox gloves are nicely sized
- battery tester was invaluable and a worth while addition to our tool box
- Toughbooks continued to be a good choice
- The Zoom recorder had lots of problems when it loses power and required some hacking to recover a few DJ sets from the filesystem.