Outdoor events present an opportunity to have a gathering in a natural setting. Many outdoor events can accommodate more guests than indoor gatherings. Unfortunately, the sun, wind and rain can end an outdoor event or even cause illness, such as heat stroke or severe sunburn. Because of the inconveniences and hazards of an outdoor setting, you should offer guests an option to get out of the elements to take a break and get refreshed. A tent can be constructed quickly using only a few common, inexpensive materials which will make your outdoor event safer and much more comfortable.
Post hole diggers
8 pieces of PVC pipe (12 feet by 3 inches)
1 piece of PVC pipe (15 feet by 3 inches)
9 PVC caps (3 inch diameter)
12 plastic tarps (10 feet by 10 feet)
¼ inch nylon rope
4 tent stakes
2 stepladders (8 feet tall)
Dig three rows of three holes each with your post hole diggers. Make each hole 8 inches wide and 36 inches deep. Space the holes and rows 10 feet apart.
Sand the outside of one end of each PVC pipe. Sand the inside of each cap. Wipe the sanded areas with a clean rag. Coat each sanded area of each pipe with PVC primer. Coat the inside of each sanded cap with PVC primer and glue. Slide a prepared cap onto the primed end of each pipe. Let the glue dry for 15-20 minutes.
To make the roof tarp, lay four of your tarps onto the ground in a two-by-two square. Tie the tarps together with ¼ inch nylon ropes where the grommets meet in your pattern. Tie off each pair of grommets with a double knot and cut the rope with your knife leaving only the knot with 1 foot of loose rope on each side.
Tie each outside corner of your roof tarp square just below the cap of a 12-foot piece of PVC. Stand these corner posts into the outside corners in your series of post holes lifting the tarp square into the air.
Stand the 15-foot piece of PVC into the center hole in your series. Gently lift the capped end of the long post up to the center of your tarp square and lower the opposite end into the post hole to raise the center of your tarps and provide slope to the roof. Stand each of your remaining 12 foot pieces of PVC into the open holes in your series with the caps up.
Place your stepladders next to a corner post and adjacent center post on one outside wall of your structure. Climb one ladder carrying a corner of a loose tarp while an assistant raises the opposite end of the same tarp up the other ladder.
Pull the edges of the roof tarp over the caps on your posts. Secure your free tarp to your roof tarp by tying the grommets together with rope using double knots. Move around the structure hanging the remaining tarps to the roof.
Tie the grommets between each pair of hanging tarps to complete the corners and walls. Leave the seam between one pair of tarps unsecured at a center post to provide an entrance way for your tent.
Place a tent stake 10 feet away from each corner of the tent. Tie a rope to each stake and drive the stakes into the ground with your hammer. Tie the free end of each staked rope to the grommets at the upper end of each corner post.
Safety glasses and work gloves are required for this project.