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Bjurt Yurts - Documentation - Assembly

The last step was cutting and drilling the poles.

You should now have 40 beautifully prepared poles, 8 roof poles (long, two holes), 16 cross poles (long, three holes), and 16 brace poles (short, two holes). You should also have your connector kit and fasteners at hand. The top ring normally ships pre-assembled. (If yours is not, it is probably because you wanted a different ring configuration. Bolt and double-nut the pieces to assemble the top ring; details forthcoming.)

The following assembly instructions feature a 17' bjurt built with wire lock pins for the roof poles, nuts and bolts for the cross piece junctions, clevis pins and hitch clips for all other fasten points, and playa feet. Note that we will be adding vertical braces as a stabilizing tool during the build, then removing them from the main bjurt assembly for storage.

  1. Assemble the 8 cross pieces (scissors). Make sure that all scissors are lined up to open in the same direction. The shishkebab looking in from the outside of the bjurt is: bolt head, washer, pole, washer, pole, washer, nut. We'll LocTite the bolt threads in a later step.

  2. Select four scissors and attach two top flanges and two feet to each one. Use the innermost hole of the top flange and playa foot wing.


  3. Attach each of the remaining four scissors to a scissors from the previous step.

  4. Attach a vertical brace to each of the four feet at the center of each subassembly.

    Here are some closeups of how feet are attached in the completed bjurt. Two views of playa feet and one view of regular feet are shown. The vertical brace is placed on the outside of the structure.

  5. Raise each subassembly and attach each vertical brace at outside of the corresponding top flange. Shift the feet around to stabilize the subassemblies so they are free-standing.

  6. Attach a roof pole to the center of each subassembly.

  7. Add a second vertical pole to each subassembly.

  8. Add a second roof pole to each subassembly.

  9. Attach all the subassemblies together in a circle.

  10. Attach two opposing roof poles together to the center ring. Attach the next two opposing roof poles, and finally all 8 roof poles.

  11. Remove the vertical braces.

  12. Walk it in.

  13. If you used nuts and bolts for any of the permanent connections, as we have in this example at the scissors junctions, spread the bjurt a bit and LocTite and threads (unless you're double nutting). Wait for the LocTite to dry.

  14. Collect and secure all the bundles: main structure, vertical braces, and horizontal braces. An optional step to stabilize the main structure bundle is to pin the top flanges together, making the bundle sturdier and tidier.


Congratulations! You have just made a bjurt!

Now, you're probably going to want to cover it.

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