Skip to main content

Lean to setup

I have a 9 1/2' x 9 1/2' tarp from Bear Paw Wilderness Designs and I have a similar size reflective tarp from  2Go Systems. I would hope to use the reflective tarp at my daughters' soccer game when the sun is high in the sky and hot. One thing that always seems to throw me for a loop is the setup method. There are clearly a number of ways to do this properly for quick installation... So I decided to knock one out and see what happens.

lean to
In the picture above this is a the simple lean to setup. The tarp is a Snugpak (Stasha under $40 and under 1 pound) tarp approximately 8' x 5 1/2'. In this configuration the tent is just a few inches under 3' high. Luckily given the position of the sun I'm getting maximum protection from the sun.

prusik 
One of the configurations talks about using the working end of the trucker's hitch in order to secure one end of the ridgeline. I decided against that because the ground was uneven at that side of the ridgeline and if I swapped sides the other was too small. Notice I used a stake as a toggle.

instant release bowline 
Here I used a stake to secure the bowline so that I did not need to pull the line through and that I could leave the ridgeline secured to the tarp.

truckers hitch
This is the trucker's hitch side of the ridgeline. The bankline is so slippery that I had to secure it with a double half hitch. Also I did not leave a long enough working end.

side view
The side view... many preppers talk about a 50' ridgeline. The distance here from end to end is 13 paces or about 39'. Given the span I would say that 50' is a good amount. In fact it's probably perfect if it's just secured away instead of pre-cutting. Then if and when you need it you can just take what you need.

I have SGT Knots Bankline in both #18 and #36. I think I used the #36 here. It worked. It stretched quite a bit. It stinks on my hands as it is coated in oil/tar. The knots can slip.

add some structure
I decided to use a die from a kids game to create a tie out. As I pulled the tie out the tarp started to sag. So I adjusted the tarp and then the tie out sagged. I repeated this a few times until I gave up. I think the answer here is a stick or hiking stick. Or, as I generally fear I need some better cordage.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Entry level cost for CoreOS+Tectonic

CoreOS and Tectonic start their pricing at 10 servers. Managed CoreOS starts at $1000 per month for those first 10 servers and Tectonic is $5000 for the same 10 servers. Annualized that is $85K or at least one employee depending on your market. As a single employee company I'd rather hire the employee. Specially since I only have 3 servers.

The pricing is biased toward the largest servers with the largest capacities; my dual core 32GB i5 IntelNuc can never be mistaken for a 96-CPU dual or quad core DELL

If CoreOS does not figure out a different barrier of entry they are going to follow the Borland path to obscurity.

UPDATE 2017-10-30: With gratitude the CoreOS team has provided updated information on their pricing, however, I stand by my conclusion that the effective cost is lower when you deploy monster machines. The cost per node of my 1 CPU Intel NUC is the same as a 96 CPU server when you get beyond 10 nodes. I'll also reiterate that while my pricing notes are not currently…

eGalax touch on default Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS

I have not had success with the touch drivers as yet.  The touch works and evtest also seems to report events, however, I have noticed that the button click is not working and no matter what I do xinput refuses to configure the buttons correctly.  When I downgraded to ubuntu 10.04 LTS everything sort of worked... there must have been something in the kermel as 10.04 was in the 2.6 kernel and 4.04 is in the 3.x branch.

One thing ... all of the documentation pointed to the wrong website or one in Taiwanese. I was finally able to locate the drivers again: http://www.eeti.com.tw/drivers_Linux.html (it would have been nice if they provided the install instructions in text rather than PDF)
Please open the document "EETI_eGTouch_Programming_Guide" under the Guide directory, and follow the Guidline to install driver.
download the appropriate versionunzip the fileread the programming manual And from that I'm distilling to the following: execute the setup.sh answer all of the questio…

Prometheus vs Bosun

In conclusion... while Bosun(B) is still not the ideal monitoring system neither is Prometheus(P).

TL;DR;

I am running Bosun in a Docker container hosted on CoreOS. Fleet service/unit files keep it running. However in once case I have experienced at least one severe crash as a result of a disk full condition. That it is implemented as part golang, java and python is an annoyance. The MIT license is about the only good thing.

I am trying to integrate Prometheus into my pipeline but losing steam fast. The Prometheus design seems to desire that you integrate your own cache inside your application and then allow the server to scrape the data, however, if the interval between scrapes is shorter than the longest transient session of your application then you need a gateway. A place to shuttle your data that will be a little more persistent.

(1) storing the data in my application might get me started more quickly
(2) getting the server to pull the data might be more secure
(3) using a push g…