Weatherproofing the Exterior canvas

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What’s keeping us dry in the yurt? The building wrap is…

What’s making the yurt look goooood? Canvas!

To keep the exterior canvas from deteriorating from mildew and solar rayd we mixed up
3parts boiled linseed oil
1part turpentine
A bunch of pine tar

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this mix smells good for about a minute or so until the turpentine and pine tar makes you overpowers you. working with these fine tree resins for extended periods of time  requires a vapour mask.

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Insulation: How to cut styrofoam with a hot wire

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For the last bit of yurt platform insulation we dove some luxuriously large styrofoam packaging from the hardware store garbage. When we asked one of the employees about the origins they told us these pieces were around a massive fake rock garden fountain.

We were going to use a chainsaw to cut it up but just imagining the mess of little pieces that would go everywhere made us look for other options.

Evelyn gave us a sweet idea! Plastics has got to be cut hot. Her dad use to charge up a wire and cut styrofoam. Voila. After a quick how to online search jed rigged this one up:

Materials

B guitar string – several because they do break
Jumper cables
Battery
Jig