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  • gnomonklater commented on pojken's instructable Compact Windproof Beach Tent9 months ago
    Compact Windproof Beach Tent

    I couldn't tell what aspect of this instructable might infringe on a patented design, and I didn't take the time to go to the manufacturer's website to pursue what design infringements may occur, unless it is the tennis ball protector thing. Otherwise, this is just a basic fly that almost anyone can construct. I have made several of these in the past for camping and other uses. I tack welded a washer with a protruding bolt on top of a piece of conduit to create my own poles and never provided some sort of protective device to cover the bolt on top, although I think that is probably a good idea. Outdoors-minded people have dealt with how to anchor a tent or fly in both sand and snow forever, and yes, the best solution was to use bags filled with sand at the beach, or soil elsewhere th...see more »I couldn't tell what aspect of this instructable might infringe on a patented design, and I didn't take the time to go to the manufacturer's website to pursue what design infringements may occur, unless it is the tennis ball protector thing. Otherwise, this is just a basic fly that almost anyone can construct. I have made several of these in the past for camping and other uses. I tack welded a washer with a protruding bolt on top of a piece of conduit to create my own poles and never provided some sort of protective device to cover the bolt on top, although I think that is probably a good idea. Outdoors-minded people have dealt with how to anchor a tent or fly in both sand and snow forever, and yes, the best solution was to use bags filled with sand at the beach, or soil elsewhere that it is difficult or impossible to drive in a tent type spike, like on pavement, perhaps. For additional strength on the sandbag anchor though, like at the beach, you might also want to bury the sandbags a foot or so deep, then compact the sand back over the top of the anchor. For the poles, I have also been able to buy tight fitting plastic caps for the top of the pole. I would poke a hole through the plastic cap smaller than the diameter of the bolt I was going to insert through the hole so that when I pushed the bolt through, it would be held tight. Believe it or not, as cheesy as this sounds, it worked well enough and held nicely. Also, a good nylon bag is good to use for the sand anchors, but in a pinch, you can double or triple up plastic grocery bags.

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