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Tent-Peg Nail Gun

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The Lazy way to put up a tent, especially on hard ground. Reverse action, using the power of the same compressed gas canister, pulls them out again when you're ready to leave.

(Pegs feature blinking LEDs, so they are worth retrieving)

xenzag, Oct 07 2011

http://www.youtube....watch?v=JaeINjIdB9Q this corn is special..... [xenzag, Oct 07 2011]

Tarmac Tent
[xaviergisz, Oct 12 2011]

self installing tent peg
[xaviergisz, Oct 12 2011]

might come in handy here [xaviergisz, Oct 13 2011]


       Excellent [xenzag]. Your croissant is warming over the camp fire. [+]
theleopard, Oct 07 2011

       High praise indeed, from the purring one.
xenzag, Oct 07 2011

       Hey, if it's a good idea, it's a good idea.
theleopard, Oct 07 2011

       Can also be used to dispatch amorous hillbillies, assuming your Appalachian vacation goes typically awry. Or, indeed, members of the Transylvanian undead, if you're using old school wooden pegs.
calum, Oct 07 2011

       What, no pyrotechnics ?   

       Making the pegs "self-removing" by means of a small charge in the tip would be useful.   

       Grudging bun for potentially lethal projectile weapon. [+]
8th of 7, Oct 07 2011

       Brilliant! [+]
Grogster, Oct 07 2011

blissmiss, Oct 07 2011

       The laziest way to put up a tent, however, is to buy a camper. Some even come with generators, which can then be used to run compressor-powered tent-peg guns.
Alterother, Oct 07 2011

       // Can also be used to dispatch amorous hillbillies, assuming your Appalachian vacation goes typically awry. //   

       You should try camping in Northern Appalachia instead; the wilderness is rugged and unspoilt, the natives are grudgingly friendly, and best of all, none of us will rape you.
Alterother, Oct 07 2011

       I hear they have seriously special corn in the Appalachians too..... see link. (I'm on my way, squealing like a pig at the very thought)
xenzag, Oct 07 2011

       good [+]
xandram, Oct 07 2011

       The invention Bedouin Nomad tribes have been dreaming about. eliminating all need to lug tents around. Just squat and peg galabaya wide at hem. Instant tent.
Ah Supp, Oct 07 2011

       // the wilderness is rugged and unspoilt, //   

       This is true.   

       //the natives are grudgingly friendly, //   

       Kind of hard to tell, since their linguistic skills seem to be limited to grunts and gestures. There are a few "intellectuals", who are conversant with fire and the use of edged stone tools, but they are few and far between. Demonstrate to the indigenous inhabitants that you can walk and chew gum simultaneously, and you'll be worshipped as a God.   

       // and best of all, none of us will rape you //   

       Forget it then, we'll go to wales, where men are real men, and sheep are nervous.
8th of 7, Oct 07 2011

       // none of us will rape you// Do you mean that scene in Deliverance was a spurious contrivance?
Ah Supp, Oct 08 2011

       I dunno 'bout that. That's in _southern_ Appalachia. I was just saying that up here in Northern Appalachia, we don't rape tourists.
Alterother, Oct 08 2011

       /The laziest way to put up a tent, however, is to buy a camper./   

       Buy a person to go camping in place of oneself? That is indeed the laziest way to put up a tent.
goldbb, Oct 08 2011

       It's camping by proxy. We're available by the day and week. Call today for all your wilderness experience surrogate needs!
Alterother, Oct 08 2011

       //Buy a person to go camping in place of oneself? That is indeed the laziest way to put up a tent.// No, virtual camping is even lazier. Maybe Sims camping. The no one gets any exercise or fresh air. The only things moving are electrons and some photons.
MisterQED, Oct 12 2011

       Until the Call of Nature sounds, that is.
Alterother, Oct 12 2011

       Needs explosives. I propose a hilti-gun version.   

       Anyhoo, I haven't used a tent peg in years, and I probably go camping 20 times a year. They're called freestanding tents. The tension in the fabric from the poles holds the tent upright - no pegs needed, just some ballast (Ie throw your backpack inside).
Custardguts, Oct 12 2011

       I showed up to my campsite with square pegs, only to find that the site had round holes. I was ready to give up and head to a hotel when a fellow camper gave me the tent-peg nail gun. Worked like a charm, that compressed gas!
swimswim, Oct 12 2011

       One word: Hammerdrill. (Or is that two words...?)
Except that would require custom threaded pegs.
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 13 2011

       Anyone using a Hilti-style peg-gun near my campsite is running the risk of provoking return fire.   

       Oh, wait a minute. I just checked the [The Alterother] operations manual, and it turns out anyone in my general vicinity is liable to be shot at for no reason at all. Never mind.   

       I guess my original point was that there's more than one thing that goes 'BANG!' in the woods.
Alterother, Oct 13 2011

       //more than one thing that goes 'BANG!' in the woods.//   

       Yeah, I've been wondering about that. Did the deer displace air when it appeared in front of you? Would give rise to a characteristic "double-bang" analogous to the famed "double-flash."
mouseposture, Oct 13 2011

       No, the actual re-materialization process, while it is quite rapid (else I would have had time to swerve), takes place too slowly to create a full thunderclap effect. It's more of a Nightcrawler-esque 'Bamf', according to my listening devices (I must rely upon intelligence gathered since beginning my heroic campaign to rid the world of this growing menace, as I have yet to recover any recollection of the initial encounter and it is unlikely that I will).   

       The dematerialization either employs sound- dampening technology (to conceal the blink-deer's point of origin), or has yet to be captured on digital record.   

       As of yet, no visual evidence has been confirmed, but we're getting closer.
Alterother, Oct 13 2011

       Over-engineered, Dangerous when used as intended, down right lethal if used for unintended purposes...   

       This idea meets all the criteria for bunnage, in my book.   

MikeD, Oct 13 2011


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