On Sep 8, 2007
I notice the following two contradictions in your catalog: “The 18 and 30 foot Yurt Domes are the most difficult to put up. Make sure you have two strong people working on it. ”
“Our 14′, 18′ and 20′ Yurts can be set up by one person in 30 minutes without tools.”
These two lines are from your web site. I read the one about one person setting up an 18 footer and bought one. I now know that indeed two strong and stubborn people are needed. Does the pipe get easier to bend after a few set ups? I had hoped to use the tent by myself but that seems a foolish thing to think–unless the pipe becomes more flexible over time.
“Note: it does not matter which connector is on top and which is underneath; random is best.” Does this apply to all connectors? I paid little attention until the tent was up and some connections are indeed randomly top or bottom. Some odd bows (pushed out 6 inches further than other bows) seem to tell me I should have tried better to not be random.
The 30′ is almost always a two strong persons job however with practice one person with strength can put it up. The 18′ is considerably easier the second time around as the poles take a set, the covering stretches out a bit., and you develop the moves that are needed to put it up. If you find to difficult to put up your self, consider reliving some of the tension with a hacksaw by shortening the long poles a 1/4″ each. Do not remove more than 1/4″.
As you noticed: if the “randomness” of the connectors are “just so” some poles can be deformed. This sometimes is the case were the poles form a ring around the girth of the dome. Here, if the position the connectors that form this ring are on the “outside” there is less tension on the ring and it is less likely for the poles to deform. Removing 1/4″ from your long poles should solve this also.