Posted 6 years ago on Oct. 29, 2011, 6:10 p.m. EST by bretheilig
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Hey everyone :)
I've been down to Liberty Square during the snowstorm, and the tents are an inspiring site to see! I work in construction, and it got me thinking about what will be necessary to have as comfortable a winter as possible. I had a couple of suggestions:
You will want to get tents up off the ground. A good way to do this cheaply and sustainably is to put them on wood pallets. Medium-to-large construction sites will invariably have lots of them, that they're often trying to get rid of, and will let you take for free.
Tarps are cheap, but they damage easily. Tents hold up better, but are expensive. A thin, rubber-like roofing material called EPDM comes in rolls, and can be used to make lean-tos that will withstand hail, and wont collapse as easily under ponded snow. Commercial roofing contractors may have big scraps of it that they're willing to give away.
Anyway, I hope this will help or get a good creative process going. Stay warm guys. You are the bravest and strongest among us.