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Here we go again - Hurricane Ivan

Discussion in 'General' started by Dad, 9 Sep 2004.

  1. [S]huttle

    [S]huttle What's a Dremel?

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    On the beach looking at a hotel which lost it's roof.

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    This use to be a surf shop
     
  2. Enak

    Enak Also known as Kane

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    Glad you guys are ok!

    Some some big cleanup... :jawdrop:
     
  3. Arien

    Arien What's a Dremel?

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    Holy crap.. lots of destruction..

    Just wondering.. why do most american houses look like they are made out of wood when huricanes hit?
     
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    Cause they have to keep rebuilding them?
     
  5. Arien

    Arien What's a Dremel?

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    I've notice it alot.. i couldn't really find any typically brick built (like UK) houses when i was in Florida.. i may be wrong but they all looked like they were made out of panels of wood?
     
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    Agreed... you would think that they might get the idea and build houses out of brick??
     
  7. [S]huttle

    [S]huttle What's a Dremel?

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    Alot of homes down here are a wood frames and meet hurricane requirements. And when you look at them it looks like they are built very cheap. I live in a house that was build in 1929 and very solid. They just don't build them like they use to. :rolleyes:
     
  8. tk421

    tk421 Idiot.

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    its a cultural thing:

    in the 1700's, early 1800's, america was a GIANT forest. cheap building supplies.
    in rural areas, that meant log cabins. 4 grown men can put one up in less than a week if it means not sleeping with the bears n ****.

    in urban settings, stick & sheet building became the fashion whereever large quarries werent available. and face it, wood is easier and faster to work with than limestone and brick.
     
  9. RTT

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    Most North American houses are made of wood :p
     
  10. Arien

    Arien What's a Dremel?

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    Just seems a bit silly tbh with all the hurricanes.. tornadoes etc etc you get in America.. cos it sure as hell takes alot more to take down a brick house.
     
  11. tk421

    tk421 Idiot.

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    actually, when built properly a wooden house has a better chance of survival than a brick/stone house.

    wood will give before it breaks, and stone wont.

    google for photos of andrew in '91 - when it hit you could see a mile wide path of destruction, except for the 2 subdivisions that Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humantiy had built, using modified Japanese anti-earthquake technology - all wood too. a few houses lost some shingles, but were otherwise untouched.

    ok i cant find the pictures im looking for now, but heres one of some plywood that was driven quite nealy through a tree ...

    http://weathersavvy.com/HurricaneAndrew2o.jpg

    damn.
     

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