If they've got Bill wrong, I'm dead

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  1. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    The weather forecasters keep saying that the 125 mph hurricane, affectionately named "Bill", that appears to be heading straight for the East Coast, near which I live in the Great Nation's Capital, is going to do a last minute u-ey and save us all.

    They might get it wrong.

    If you do not hear from me on Monday then you can fear the worst.

    And you West Coast fellas can start expanding your yards eastwards.

    I hope thay are not Bill sh!tting me.

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    Time to bury the power lines.

    Fortunately I have a Zoeller sump pump and GFCI receptacles which should protect me in the event Bill makes a head on to my house.

    If it strengthens to a Category 4, I may need to consider a Zoeller Aquanot II. But let's not jump the gun.
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  2. Scuba_Dave

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    Yup, I'm hoping for that Eastward swing too
  3. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    Jesus, not you too Scuba Dave?

    Come Monday there might not be any DIYers left on this site!

    Just a bunch of West Coast Plumbers and a handful of other remodeling professionals that came here by mistake while looking for the NACHI forum.
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    My cat is hiding under the table, going to be a big one. :)
  5. FloridaOrange

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    Don't be such a wuss Ian. :D I had a strong cat 4 within spitting distance from my house. You take sensible precautions and hunker down for an hour or two. For the most part anyway.
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    I'm ready to throw all the pool furniture into the pool
    Learned that from Florida friends :D

    Just hoping my cupola & new roof are OK
    Waiting on my fake slate to finish the roof
    Picked up a nice weathervane to go up there too
    Plus I'm hooking up a wire for my flux capicitator to power my car

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  7. Cookie

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    I had a tornado right down on top of me in Al, McFarland blvd... always new trees, new buildings, couldn't figure it out right away, lol, until... the first one struck.

    Then, 4 more...

    Storms scare the heck out of most people, and I am one of them!

    But, they always pass. No worries mate.
  8. Ian Gills

    Ian Gills Senior Robin Hood Guy

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    I have had a recurrent nightmare since the age of about 3 that I will die in a tornado (which is ridiculous because we have already established in the health and wellbeing part of the forum that it will be a heart attack that gets me).

    Remember, for most of my life I have had this dream while living in England, where there are no tornadoes.

    Then destiny brings me to the US, where there are such storms.

    In my dying moments, I hear an extremely loud noise, everything is black and then everything goes quiet. It's about this point that I wake up.

    Dave, your house looks like it has a house on the side of it.

    That is not an "extension". It's a "neighbor"!

    I see it is already "Cat 4-proof" though. The EasyGard should take care of that. I'd move the F-150 inside the garage if a Cat-5 threatens though.

    Does Cat-5 cable withstand Cat-5 hurricanes?
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  9. FloridaOrange

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    My house is right about where the "s" is in Fort Myers (Fort myers is actually to the south across the river). That sucker actually had me pretty concerned, the house was breathing!

    Ian,
    I know tornadoes can happen in the DC area but it's pretty rare. At least you didn't end up in KS. I'd take a hurricane over a tornado any day of the week. Florida tornadoes are usually pretty mild, we used to chase them back in high school, but we did have one last week that flipped a car against the corner of a house. Story Here
  10. FloridaOrange

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    Yes, but are you sure your house will? ;)
  11. Ian Gills

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    What do you mean the house was breathing?
  12. FloridaOrange

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    Pressurizing and depressurizing, at least it seemed that way. Probably had something to do with the continuous soffit. It sucked, my in-laws, sister and brother were here also as we have the newest house, building codes got a serious bump after Andrew tore up Miami/Homestead.
  13. Ian Gills

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    Sounds nasty.

    I am still sure my Zoeller sump pump would save the day.

    You can breach the levies, but you won't breach my M53 with a built-in float switch.

    If tomorrow all the things were gone,
    I’d worked for all my life.
    And I had to start again,
    with just my children and my wife.

    I’d thank my lucky stars,
    to be livin here today.
    ‘ Cause the flag still stands for freedom,
    and they can’t take that away.

    And I’m proud to be an American,
    where at least I know I’m free.
    And I wont forget the Zoeller which pumped,
    and gave that right to me.
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  14. Cookie

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    Oh, now you entered into a hobby of mine since I was a kid, dream analysis!

    As soon as I read your dream I saw it. I didn't even have to think. You are able to see the turbulence in some things and this frightens you, as it would me, and most people. You don't like things to be confusing, you like things to be straightforward and honest. Pure. Nothing muddled. You were probably very very smart when you were little and you most likely, felt or saw some kind of confusion around you. You need to seek the calm in your life, to seek out the famililar. I think what you said, about having a full -body massage was right on the money. You could probably fare better by deep breathing excercises and please don't laugh, yoga.
  15. Ian Gills

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    That's actually pretty good. It all started when my mum and dad divorced at that age. Nasty nasty arguments. They didn't think I knew what was going on (I was three), but I did. I still remember them to this day.
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    Yep, kids are like sponges, especially if you get a bright one, then, as adults you wonder why you feel so weighed down, not realizing it stems from the saturation of the sights & sounds of childhood.
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    How's the weather there now?
    I just got hit with lightening, I thought a bomb exploded, and the cat ran nearly, up my arms.
  18. Scuba_Dave

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    You are safe then - this is a Hurricane !!

    The nice thing about the addition is that it is set back from the rest of the house
    Coming down the street you can't see it, especially with the trees

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  19. How much do you want to bet that IF you wanted to get hurricane insurance up north, they'd take your money and the policy didn't take effect the day you committed to the policy?


    I bet two custard filled donuts that would be the case, where they purposely wouldn't pay a claim...or didn't tell you of certain additional coverages you should of purchased.



    That's where a shotgun and an ending come together nicely. Don't need to be Jim Morrison from The Doors singing a song to know what's coming.
  20. FloridaOrange

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    Weather is great now....that pic was from 2004.
    I love Florida weather for the most part, it get's hot and sticky but I go from my AC'd house to my AC'd truck to my AC'd office. When I am doing outdoor stuff it's for pleasure mostly so it doesn't bother me much.

    I HATE snow, I moved back up to NJ a few years ago, by the third time it snowed and I still had FL tags on my car I came to my senses. I love calling my buds in MI, NJ and NY from November through March just to ask them how's their weather. :D

    SWFL is pretty hard to beat, IMO.
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