Framework for the Shelter dome.
.5" x 10 ft, conduit pipe.
Assembly of the dome elements is easy. All connections at each hub use a single bolt, washer, and nut.
When you start to assemble the dome don't tighten the nuts tight, make sure the joints can move a little so the dome elements can flex and automatically self align as you assemble them. After all elements are in place then go back and clamp them down tight. You will be amazed at how rigid the dome frame has become!
At this point you need to secure the dome frame to the ground. The cheap and easy way is to use "U" shaped rebar and a sledgehammer.
I prefer the www.pacificdomes.com way of securing your dome frame. They use and L brackets to secure the frame to decking. Ofcourse pacific domes shelters are more permanent.
And ofcourse my plan is to create a hardshell for my dome by using mesh wire and poured concrete. Maybe I'll even stucko the exterior after the concrete. and definitely paint it white. or maybe something artistic. and something that will blend the environment. cool huh?!