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Old 05-14-2007, 09:45 PM
 
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Sounds good, Tallrick - but I think I'll just watch those games

I'm curious - how do you use "tires and debris" for fuel in a generator? Sounds intriguing - and much more practical than gasoline, since gas pumps won't be operational after a bad cane.

And we may have at least one "Big One" this year. Seems it's going to be an active one. The time to start preparing is now.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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So far it looks like this will be a normal year. I don't anticipate the "big one" just yet. May isn't shaping up to be the dry month it was in 1992, 2004 and 2005.

Wood and tires can be burned in a barrel or old water heater to create gas that can run any car engine. As soon as I can tame the terrorists at Team Metro I can take some time to rebuild my generator and maybe one for my parents too. It's a lot easier than you think!
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Old 05-15-2007, 08:49 AM
 
Location: ~Palm Coast, Florida~
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Tallrick, How do you do this?????? I want to know also! I really do think that you need to run for governor and maybe even President, LOL!

Jen
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_gas_generator

I would run for office, but nobody would support my campaign! You can be sure that if I did win the powers that be would want to assassinate me anyway. Who would tolerate the deregulation of our personal lives I would push for? Oh yes and making it illegal for any government to spend money they don't have? I would be lucky to get .001% of the vote!
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Old 05-16-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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Question And the foundation?

I have a question. Here in Florida in a no flood zone that is reasonably flat, is the added cost of a stem wall over a monolith justified?
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Old 06-11-2007, 04:58 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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There so many complaints about hurricanes, but what if you never had to worry about them? Let's say your home had a concrete roof, heavy-duty lexan windows, steel doors and was well reinforced. Homes in a flood zone were raised up, and you had a garage to secure your car and objects, and maybe a protected courtyard. All trees are tough natives, and you have a neighborhood mulcher, or your own for the cleanup. In short when you have a hurricane warning all you do is close the windows and check the generator, and fold over the solar panels. You can run the generator when power goes out, and/or backup batteries. After the storm you have full power, and plenty of food. Just spend the day picking up tree branches, mulching and cleaning up sand or mud. Next day all is done. You have plenty of fuel for a month without utility power, if necessary. Plenty of hot water and air conditioning. Would this make you feel better instead of living in a wood roof- crackerbox or dependant condo like most do now? Or is the thought of a hurricane the source of stress itself? Remember in my scenario your home WILL NOT be damaged.

By the way this IS possible if people learn how to build correctly, and do not have to worry about homeowners associations or elitist zoning.
Maybe so. I might fell better.
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