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Shelter Pole Material and Diameter

Perhaps one of the most crucial elements of the shelter is finding the right material to use for the structural pole elements of the design.

After rushing in to buying SpeedFit plumbing pipe as a “cheap” and temporary means of creating my first prototype I realized that was a big mistake as the pipe almost relaxes into whatever shape you bend it into, which is great for plumbing, but not so great for making emergency crisis shelters!

This I found out after measuring out all of my poles, bending them into the correct shape, and putting together my first prototype frame, I came back the following day only to find that my shelter looked a little floppy and lacking rigidity – I discovered that the poles had relaxed into their stressed shape and lost all structural integrity…

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