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RE: Hurricane Irma Aftermath

Some houses have domed roofs and walls made of reinforced concrete. There was an article in one of my magazine recently about building safe rooms for tornadoes. The author had a room with reinforced concrete walls and roof and the metal door was the weak point. He survived but his wife did not. One expert at a university in Texas thought a plywood sheet hit the door between the handle and the hinge. Does anyone know what a house looks like if it's designed/constructed to hold up in Cat 4 winds, with some flooding? I know we have the technology, but can it be done such that it looks similar to an average 3Bed/2Bath house?
Hammerhead 09/18/17 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: HURRICANE IRMA could be a Cat 5 !

There was someone on the NBC news last night saying they were not evacuating because their house had "hurricane proof" windows and doors. I've found info on the internet with windows that can stop a 2x4 anywhere from just 35 MPH up to 140 MPH or winds up to 200 MPH. Of course, some debris might have sharp and pointy edges that act different than a stud fired out of a cannon. I guess we'll find out how good those windows really are the hard way. Last I saw possible impact with Flordia or Cuba and Cat SIX.. There is not a Cat Six, and no reason for one, because the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is designed to measure the potential damage of a hurricane to man-made structures. Robert Simpson stated that "...when you get up into winds in excess of 155 mph (249 km/h) you have enough damage if that extreme wind sustains itself for as much as six seconds on a building it's going to cause rupturing damages that are serious no matter how well it's engineered." Robert Simpson was co-developer of the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Hammerhead 09/07/17 03:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: HURRICANE IRMA could be a Cat 5 !

If the eye goes north just off the Florida coast, won't that be worse as it can maintain strength over the water and keep flooding the east coast as the counter-clockwise circulation pushes the storm surge to the west?
Hammerhead 09/06/17 09:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Solar eclipse Canada

They want you to plan ahead for big traffic jams in areas where the path of totality is not too far from big cities. ... Then today while traveling down the highway near home, the big LED road warning signs were posting: "Solar Eclipse August 21. Plan Ahead". For what? Turning on my headlights?
Hammerhead 08/16/17 11:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Been a while since I have seen this

I use hand signals on my bicycle and don't think I've ever seen them used in a vehicle.
Hammerhead 08/08/17 02:51pm Around the Campfire
RE: Got scared, then mad yesterday

Maybe he only heard the first part about you asking for help and not why you needed help. For about 6 months, every time I went to the grocery store close to the freeway and hotels someone would ask for money to get somewhere.
Hammerhead 07/31/17 09:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Soda Crate Moral Dilemma (& Informal Survey)

It's easy to find a Coke or Pepsi distributor. Just drop off the crate at a small-town store that sells soda and they will probably hold it for the truck driver. :) Finding a single-use paper cup from McDonald's is different than finding an item like milk crate or 2-liter crate designed for repeated use.
Hammerhead 06/28/17 12:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Soda Crate Moral Dilemma (& Informal Survey)

You can buy them online for around $10 so they probably cost less than half of that for the soda company to buy. Call the distributor and ask if they want to send someone out to pick it up. If not, give it a coat of paint and it's yours.
Hammerhead 06/26/17 03:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Total Eclipse of the Sun will jam CG's!

You can use #14 welder's glass to look at the sun when it is not totally obscured. See NASA's web site for more info. I bought a small piece for a few dollars before a partial eclipse several years ago and I ended up passing it around to a few others who had no eye protection.
Hammerhead 06/26/17 09:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Total Eclipse of the Sun will jam CG's!

I would drive a few hundred miles south to see it if my wife had enough vacation time.
Hammerhead 06/26/17 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: It's a dry heat

My uncle in Phoenix says it isn't hot until he has to wear sandals to walk down the driveway and pick up the morning paper because without burning his feet.
Hammerhead 06/21/17 12:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tiny Houses

On the shows my wife likes to watch, they never mention how water and electricity are delivered or if they use a holding tank or septic tank for the waste. They usually don't show any propane tanks either.
Hammerhead 06/14/17 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Right size truck ???

Doesn't look like a 30 footer from the photos in the link and comparing them to the current models on Nash's site where all the longer trailers have slide outs.
Hammerhead 06/12/17 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Filling DEF tank GMC

There is a learning curve. I didn't know the Jeep dealer was supposed to fill the DEF tank before delivering our 2014 ecodiesel which was the first one they had seen. By the time I found out, it didn't seem worth my time to spend 2 hours on the road driving to the dealer, waiting to talk to the people at the dealer, etc.
Hammerhead 06/06/17 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is PA "warning" Rvers. (license).

North Dakota's license requirements say I'm licensed to drive a vehicle up to 26,000 lbs or a combination of vehicles less than 26,0001 lbs, and then says I can also drive an RV or camper with no weight limit if I'm reading the DMV's web site correctly.
Hammerhead 05/22/17 01:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: 100 days until the solar eclipse: Where & how to view...

I had planned to see this before moving away from Oregon. NASA says you can use #14 welder's glass to view the sun safely when it is not totally obscured. I did that during a partial eclipse a few years ago.
Hammerhead 05/22/17 12:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: The Minimal Wardrobe: The Only 3 Pairs of Shoes a Man Needs

Depends on the man. My uncle was a dairy farmer and he had barn boots, chore boots, house boots, going to town boots, and church boots. :)
Hammerhead 05/22/17 11:57am Around the Campfire
RE: Build a truck

We ordered our Grand Cherokee since the dealers near us had a diesel with the best off-road package. This was also done through the AAA auto broker and it was painless except for the long wait while all of the diesel builds sat in a parking lot at the factory for 2 months waiting for the DEF tanks to be installed.
Hammerhead 05/13/17 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Movie Oddities

Any movie where people can shoot pistols from horseback or a moving car/motorcycle and hit their target. I've been watching Kung Fu reruns and think it's funny how hiding behind a door, barrel, water trough, etc. somehow provides an effective shield against bullets.
Hammerhead 05/10/17 12:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best Diesel SUV Tow Vehicles?

The sprinter vans used the 3.0L CRD that was an option in the 2007/2008 Grand Cherokee. We now have a 2014 ecodiesel and it sounds like FCA may be giving up on the ecodiesel. One forum poster indicated they couldn't even order a new engine for one that had major engine failure.
Hammerhead 05/10/17 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
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