Passion Dome Building Instructions - 30'

Materials

  • 24 pieces of 10’x1.5″ PVC pipe
  • 30 pieces of 1.5″ PVC threaded male couplers
  • 30 pieces of 1.5″ PVC threaded female couplers
  • PVC primer & brush
  • PVC extra strong glue & brush
  • 12 pieces of 4’x0.5″ rebar stakes
  • 12 pieces of 1.5’x0.5″ PVC pipe
  • 12 cable ties or metal chicken wire
  • 200′ nylon cord
  • 40′ round parachute (about 1250sq. ft.)
  • 30′ round tarp (about 700sq. ft. circular area)
  • The above are exact quentities needed. Take extra, particularly couplers!

Tools

  • Silicon spray and brush – to clean the couplers
  • Wire cutter – to cut the chicken wire and cord
  • Sledge hammer – to insert rebar stakes
  • Vice grip – to pull out rebar stakes
  • 2 1.75″ ranch – to disassemble pipes
  • PVC cutter/saw – to cut & fix broken pipes
  • 8′ ladder – to hang stuff on roof

Preparations

  • Glue a male and a female coupler at the end of each 10′ pipe. Important: first apply primer to both parts, and let them dry. Then glue with extra strong PVC glue
  • While transporting the pipes, cover the ends to protect the couplers’ threads from dirt and damage

Set Up (See Passion Dome Design)

  • Assemble 6 40′ poles by connecting each 40′ pole from 4 10′ pipe. Use the silicon spray and brush to thoroughly clean the couplers before assembly.
  • Add corresponding threaded coupler at both sides of each pole to protect the end pieces
  • Mark a 30′ circle on the ground, using a stake and a 15′ cord.
  • Insert 12 rebar stakes around the circle, 7’9″ apart, 2′ into the ground, leaving 1′ above the ground (in sand or soft ground use longer rebar stakes).
  • Insert a 1.5’x0.5″ pipe on each of the stakes.
  • Insert the 6 poles on the stakes in a star layout. Tip: each pole touches two stakes that are 5 stakes appart on the circle.
  • Connect the poles at the 12 intersections using cable ties or chicken wire. The ties should face down to avoid damaging the cover.
  • Tie cord guides around the dome at the ground level, and preferably also at 7′ from the ground.
  • Put the cover on the dome, stretch it, and secure to the cord guides.
  • Put the tarp on the ground and secure it to the stakes with cords.
  • Secure the dome with additional guides based on the expected winds.