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World’s shortest, worst teepee

April 29, 2018

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Spring has sprung and that means that the sprinklers are on at the CDC. I have written some emails to see if someone can program them to come on in the evenings instead of the mornings. When they go off at 5 a.m., they flood the toddler sandbox and make much of the area into mud. (We have a playground committee that is addressing these problems, but it’s going to be a while.)

I’ve tried several things while we’ve been in the building. A regular tarp just sinks in and collects water. We’ve put a small picnic table on the sand, draped it with a tarp and weighed it all down with rocks, but that takes a lot of time. I’ve tried putting the top of a beach umbrella down but that is unwieldy and impossible. I needed…..a teepee.

“Its construction should be exceedingly simple!

I bought some PVC and a 4′ by 15′ tarp. I was hoping to get all my panels out of it but I forgot that I’d have to allow for material at the seams to hold the poles.

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I folded the tarp into thirds, set it out to make my measurements and cuts, and immediately got some ‘help’.

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Then, more help.

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I didn’t have five full panels, but with some patching, it all worked out. It looks very Frankenstein-y but I only had a handful of scraps with this thing was said and done.

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Before the last panel went on, we had some quality control testing.

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Here it is in its native habitat. It looks spotty because I was spraying it with waterproofing spray in 30-mile-an-hour gusts on-site. I stuck a rock on top for proof of concept. It is not a teepee to play in, it is just to keep the sprinkler water out.

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Somebody remind me to remove it in the morning, ok?

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “World’s shortest, worst teepee”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    Remove the teepee.

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  2. Brad Said on:

    Ha! I like the help you got.

    Reply

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