Space blanket tarp tent.

I wanted to try to make a lighter tent then the 45lb monster that I own. It really sucks to hike it a mile into the woods.

3D image of my big tent. Look at it cross-eyed to see it in all it's cute little girl looking out glory
3D image of my big tent. Look at it cross-eyed to see it in all it’s cute little girl looking out glory.

So I made a tarp tent. Out of space blankets. So I now have a space-tent?

I used two cheap 52.5 x 82.5  aluminized polyester blankets I finally found in stock locally. I taped them together with some clear 3M UV resistant duct tape I split lengthwise. (3M #2120)

Taping 2 space blankets together to make a tarp tent
Taping 2 space blankets together to make a tarp tent

I twisted lengths of the tape together to form the tie down loops.

Twisted tape tie-downs
Twisted tape tie-downs

The stress points got a bit of tape reinforcement.

The corners of the space blanket get tape tie-downs
The corners of the space blanket get tape tie-downs

I had to flour the tape loops so they didn’t stick to the sheets so much.

A dish of flour to de-stick the rolled tape.
A dish of flour to de-stick the rolled tape.

The final product is very light and rolls up very small.

Rolled up mylar tarp tent
Rolled up mylar tarp tent

I think I need to try it out soon. I also will let my 2-year-old play with it to stress test it.

 

The inspiration for this tent came from http://www.csm.ornl.gov/~geist/Philmont/2-man-shelter.pdf .

New Pen Zebra F-301 Compact

I read about pens that are shorter then normal when closed. I wanted one. I found one at Walmart on Saterday – well, a 2 pack.

You can see how it’s a little shorter then normal when closed (on the bottom in the photo) so it will fit in my pocket better.

Here, you can see how the pen cap is very long, and the pen goes deep into it.

I took the belt clip off, and wrapped the cap barrel with a length of duct tape. i love carrying duct tape with me every where I go. Handy stuff!

The tape doesn’t interfere with writing.

New Flashlight – NEBO AT09J

(FYI, I have a flashlight fetish, just so you know)

I’ve carried a little pen flashlight around in my pocket for a while now (on the right in the photo). I keep a few feet of duct tape wrapped around it.

I’ve been happy with it for what it is. A cheap LED flash-light that I always have on my person. It takes a AAA battery, which has lasted for a year now maybe?

It’s good for a few feet – 5-10 feet. Great for finding stuff in the dark, making sure I don’t trip and fall at night, etc. It won’t reach across the warehouse at work though, so I can’t make sure nobody is in there when I lock up at night if I am the last one there.

I found a new flashlight Sunday that looks pretty good. It was $10, so not cheap, but not expensive either. It’s all metal construction with o-rings, so it should be pretty water resistant. It takes a AA battery, so it’s easy to replace the battery.
It said it’s 35 lumens, and it’s MUCH brighter then my old one. It’s shorter, but wider, so it will fit in my pocket a little better.

The power button is recessed in the end, which is good, it’s less likely to get turned on while in my pocket. The button is glow in the dark, which is kinda funny, because it needs light to charge. Oh well.

The one thing with this light, is that it is too short for wrapping duct tape around it. The rubber middle can slide off, and that looks to be the same size as electrical tape, so I may wrap a few feet of electrical tape around it. It will work the same as the rubber grip, and be more useful.