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Kurt Feeter
(Kurtfeeter) - M

Locale: California Delta
Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/11/2014 18:23:31 MST Print View

So nice to set and reset 8-penny nails thru my carpet into the plywood subfloor to get the perfect pitch. If only our stakes held so well in the great outdoors. Manufacturers love us because it is so clean and careful should we choose to return it, plus wind is never a factor. Oh, it helps to be divorced too because if you aren't you will be shortly after.
Enjoy the great INDOORS.Original catalog cut

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/11/2014 18:41:27 MST Print View

Did it for years, but now we have a tiled floor.

That makes things a bit more difficult...

Now I tie off to couch and chair legs.

Edited by greg23 on 01/11/2014 18:43:12 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/11/2014 18:58:17 MST Print View

Duct tape! Don't you know anything?

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
No way on 01/11/2014 19:37:28 MST Print View

We have hardwood floors and I would be divorced..... Or worse, my wife is mean!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: No way on 01/11/2014 19:46:19 MST Print View

We have hardwood floors and I would be divorced..... +1

Or worse, my wife is mean! Sadly also +1. I know your pain. I don't call her hammer hands for nothing.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
not me on 01/11/2014 20:05:21 MST Print View

I guy I once knew at work lived in a house trailer.
To keep his Christmas tree from falling over, he nailed it to the floor.

When his wife went to take it down and couldnt, and figured out what he had done, she called him up at work and chewed him out pretty good.

The guy worked in a control room with other plant operators, and his coworkers all found it quite amusing.

Edited by livingontheroad on 01/11/2014 20:08:08 MST.

Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re:Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/11/2014 21:42:13 MST Print View

Dining room? Never!

Living room? Of course!

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: re:Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/11/2014 21:54:31 MST Print View

Thats what basements are for.

Edited by stephenm on 01/12/2014 06:19:59 MST.

Mike Gervais
(MikeG) - M
tougher to nail into oak on 01/11/2014 23:57:01 MST Print View

Right through the carpet and into 1950's solid Red Oak to try out my Notch a few weeks ago.
I'd have to move furniture to do the SS2 received last week so I'll wait for the snow to melt.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/12/2014 00:26:58 MST Print View

Ah ... well ... there may be a few discrete nail heads hidden at the edge of the carpet next to the wood trim ... (Oz: skirting boards)
But not out in the middle of the floor.

Cheers

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: tougher to nail into oak on 01/12/2014 00:29:35 MST Print View

Sheetrock screws are the way to pitch on oak. Easier to remove when you put the house up for sale to settle the divorce.

Edited by dwambaugh on 01/12/2014 00:30:22 MST.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/12/2014 14:05:12 MST Print View

I use bricks...
(would you believe that I seam sealed a few TT Rainshadows (3 person tent) inside my previous bedroom ?
One rainy day I had a tent up in my dining room , one in my living room and one in the bedroom, all to be seam sealed none freestanding.No nails were used.

This is a 4 brick tent :

Aarn Pacer on bricks

BTW ,Kurt, the photo you posted is of a Bibler Pinon one of the very few fully freestanding tents (inc vestibules) so no need for nails nor bricks with that one.

I do realise that the question was about nailing the tent to the floor however once you figure out how to get it to stand up with bricks (at home : books,milk/juice containers,furniture) you will find it easier to do on rocks or areas where nails or stakes don't work.
Of course you need a lot more ballast on top of those tie-outs than at home...

Edited by Franco on 01/15/2014 22:19:30 MST.

Paul McLaughlin
(paul) - MLife
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/18/2014 14:48:42 MST Print View

Practical tip from a contractor who has to cover finished floors all the time to protect them from remodeling damage - a nail driven thru the carpet into the subfloor will come out clean and leave no trace. A screw driven through the carpet may catch a thread and twist it around the screw shank with dire results.

Also - for hardwood floors or tile, duct tape may leave a residue (which may be a bitch to remove, particularly from stone tile or from gout joints) or pull up the hardwood finish. On tile, red plastic "stucco tape" holds well and leaves no residue. On hardwood, try the tape someplace out of the way (and leave it down for a while) before you do it out in the middle of the room and then find that when you take it up the finish comes with it.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/18/2014 15:43:09 MST Print View

I've put an eye bolt into a ceiling rafter to secure the 15-foot Christmas tree. Then I secure the top of the tree with to the bolt with 200-pound test fishing line.

It was actually my wife who wanted it done with toddler in the house, fearing he might pull it down. Those Xmas tree stands with the water reservoir are a little dodgy for larger trees.

Oh, and then there was the time I installed one of these 21 feet above the living room:Hoist

It was a space themed birthday party and after 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast Off! three pre-schooler rode a rocket ship up to the ceiling.

Daniel Pittman
(pitsy) - M

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/18/2014 16:55:41 MST Print View

So that's what the folks in the apartment next to us were doing at 2:00AM.....

Dave T
(DaveT) - F
floor nailing on 01/18/2014 18:44:06 MST Print View

Wrong forum for this post.

Justin McCabe
(justinmc) - M

Locale: Southern California
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 01/29/2014 17:32:19 MST Print View

I laid my own wood floor so, I think I'd rather put a nail through my foot than my floor!

Jake S.
(spags) - M
Wrong technique on 01/29/2014 23:37:56 MST Print View

barbell deadmen only, here.

Glenn S
(Glenn64) - M

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: Who's nailed into the dining room floor to test pitch a shelter? on 02/11/2014 01:21:17 MST Print View

Just drop the guy line thru a 10 pound free weight and pin the line back with a stake across the hole. Of course it helps being single, with no wife telling me to get my weights out of the living room... And no one asking "do you have to seam-seal that HERE?!?!"

Gregory Dailey
(gregd) - F

Locale: Southeastern US
Drape hooks on 02/12/2014 07:19:08 MST Print View

If you have carpet, drapery hooks work great and do little or no damage.