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How does one set up a tent on concrete (how do Occupiers of Wall Street do it)?

Asked by vanphan (134 points ) December 7th, 2012

I’m setting up a tent in my backyard, a backyard consisting of a wide open space… of flat concrete. I have a nice view, but no lawn. Minutia of my surroundings aside: is there a special way to secure a tent on flat concrete (besides just putting sandbags on the inside corners)? No, I CANNOT drill into the concrete. No damage must be done. Thank you all!

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

Sandbags work for me. Or concrete blocks and rope.

wildpotato's avatar

Many tents can be set up without stakes – I usually don’t even take mine if I’m trying for an ultralight load. The tent will just be a little wobblier than if you had it staked. Hexagonal tents are slightly more wobbly than rectangular, but it’s not a big deal either way, so long as the wind isn’t too bad.

KNOWITALL's avatar

All ours in our parking lots require drilling, you could probably use sandbags, we do for windy days.

CWOTUS's avatar

If you have an old-fashioned tent that does require pegs and guy ropes, then consider the purchase of a couple (or more) 2×4 studs of the appropriate length which you can use as the “base” for the tent, and into which you can pound nails or screw eyebolts as “virtual” tent pegs.

WestRiverrat's avatar

One of the stores here had their parking lot set up for tents. They used PVC pipes to create voids they can slide stakes into without damaging the concrete. They have metal covers that fit over the voids when they are not in use so customer vehicles and the voids will not be damaged.

YARNLADY's avatar

We use sand bags and water filled umbrella bases. There are also tent weights available from E-Z UP® and similar companies.

I have seen tents set up on temporary wooden platforms made from Plywood.

PeppermintBiscuit's avatar

Tie the guy lines down to something heavy. Sandbags, bricks, cinderblocks, big rocks, the stoner next door. Whatever you’ve got kicking around that isn’t going to move and isn’t in use.

woodcutter's avatar

I suppose that the tents have built in bottoms, or floors. So all their shit crammed inside should keep them in place. Maybe they have weights inside.

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dabbler's avatar

Sadly the Wall Street Occupiers have only a sporadic presence since they were forced out of Zuccotti Park nearly a year ago. Those who protest on the sidewalk now are not allowed to pitch a tent.
However, when they were pitched the tents are largely the free-standing kind, with stored contents inside keeping them grounded. Some tarps were strung on lines between the trees.

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