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Old 09-11-2018, 07:51 PM
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if your house is on pilings like most beach homes FEMA will not cover anything on the ground floor except a deep freeze. I lived in a bay front community during a direct hit from IKE and a lot of us were misinformed and lost a lot thinking we were covered. Some older homes maybe grandfathered but This is what we experienced in my hood. Bottom line don’t leave anything of value on the ground floor. Also I took the anchor line off my boat and ran it through every piece of lawn furniture, gas grill , kayaks etc and tied it off to a piling and it was all there when I got back - trashed but not through mine or my neighbors windows. Good luck to all.
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Old 09-11-2018, 08:07 PM
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I would suggest doing a practice run with the generator(s) to 1) make sure it works as expected and 2) find any things that wont reach or connect to the extension cords.

Another tip: Do this only if you are a licensed electrician!!!!! Now that that's out of the way, I wanted to have a hot shower a few days after Irma but didn't want to switch on the breaker for the 240v water heater because that might load the generator too much. I used my EE skills (ha ha) to rewire the water heater to 120v instead and use half the current (1/4 power). It takes longer to get the water hot but reaches the same final temperature eventually, maybe 30 minutes.

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Old 09-12-2018, 03:22 AM
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Lots of good stuff in here.

The bike pumps saved my ass last time. I've got four now but I'll probably bring one to my neighbors so they're safe.
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:24 AM
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Canoe. Canoe. Canoe. I think every family that lives in an area where flooding is possible should own one. You can carry it over your head and a lot of people don't know how much gear they can haul - around 1500 lbs. When it hits the fan and roads start closing you will want a canoe. I was able to check on family, save pets, even get an elderly lady out of her house that the motor boats couldnt hear. She had a 45 with her that she was ready to use on herself instead of drowning. I let friends borrow it who were able to get to their college age kids out of flood waters when rescuers were overwhelmed. They are only like $500. Get one if you can. Sorry I'm a little over the top passionate on this one. Based on past experiences.
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:29 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisbtr View Post
Canoe. Canoe. Canoe. I think every family that lives in an area where flooding is possible should own one. You can carry it over your head and a lot of people don't know how much gear they can haul - around 1500 lbs. When it hits the fan and roads start closing you will want a canoe. I was able to check on family, save pets, even get an elderly lady out of her house that the motor boats couldnt hear. She had a 45 with her that she was ready to use on herself instead of drowning. I let friends borrow it who were able to get to their college age kids out of flood waters when rescuers were overwhelmed. They are only like $500. Get one if you can. Sorry I'm a little over the top passionate on this one. Based on past experiences.
This is a good one. I had to borrow a canoe/ boat after Sandy hit to get to my house several blocks away. Paddled my way right up to the front door.
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I'm still waiting to hear the use for the bicycle pumps..... Or is it top secret and we only get to know after the fact??

For those with gensets, power strips and short extension cords will allow you to use several low draw items instead of just one or two....
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Old 09-12-2018, 04:55 AM
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If your kitchen gets destroyed the first thing you should order is cabinets. They take the longest to get.

Have a dremal, cordless drill, cordless saw, and a ton of contractor garbage bags. Get as many extension cords, three taps, and power strips as possible.

Get a deep cycle battery and a small charger. Run the charger while the generator is running. Use the battery and an inverter at night to power LED lights, charge electronics, fans..........

One is none and two is one.

Gasoline will be hard to find. We lived on the generator for 17 days.

Be safe and remember that its just stuff.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:17 AM
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If you only have somewhat minor flooding, a good shop vac can be critical for dewatering a house. Plus, vinegar and a dehumidifier can save items that you would not been able to save otherwise. The vinegar kills the mold, bleach only bleaches it and can ruin things sensitive to bleach.

You can't have too much beer. I still have leftover bottles of water post-Irma in the Lower Keys. Strange, but bottled water was by far the easiest thing to find after Irma in the Lower Keys. Every single aid station had cases upon cases, it was easy to grab a case a day, sometimes they'd beg you to take it because they had so much.
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Old 09-12-2018, 05:57 AM
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Battery operated fans.
freeze water bottles and for make ice in gallon hefty ziplock bags or tupperware. Basically convert every free space in the freezer (s) to ice making.
take pictures for the exterior before. Insurance will probably screw you over anyways but the pic are cool to look back on.
If you camp pull the gear out. Tents are cooler to sleep in the n a house.
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:20 AM
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One more request for the reasoning behind the bicycle tire pumps....
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by chrisbtr View Post
Canoe. Canoe. Canoe. I think every family that lives in an area where flooding is possible should own one. You can carry it over your head and a lot of people don't know how much gear they can haul - around 1500 lbs. When it hits the fan and roads start closing you will want a canoe. I was able to check on family, save pets, even get an elderly lady out of her house that the motor boats couldnt hear. She had a 45 with her that she was ready to use on herself instead of drowning. I let friends borrow it who were able to get to their college age kids out of flood waters when rescuers were overwhelmed. They are only like $500. Get one if you can. Sorry I'm a little over the top passionate on this one. Based on past experiences.
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This is a good one. I had to borrow a canoe/ boat after Sandy hit to get to my house several blocks away. Paddled my way right up to the front door.
this is a good one. And i have one too.

Bought it on Craigslist, with a bike trailer, with visions of riding to the marsh with my daughter. Ive owned it for four years or so, have used it a total of zero times in that span.
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Originally Posted by cohea View Post
One more request for the reasoning behind the bicycle tire pumps....
think it through. You'll have the ah hah moment eventually.

Better yet go buy one before its too late.
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Old 09-12-2018, 06:49 AM
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Send your pool chairs (and anything else water resistant) to the bottom of your pool so they don't blow away.
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Old 09-12-2018, 07:48 AM
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Don’t know If anyone will have bicycle pumps left at this late date.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:03 AM
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Put the outdoor furniture in the pool.

I don't need bike pumps, I have scuba tanks.
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Put the outdoor furniture in the pool.

I don't need bike pumps, I have scuba tanks.
Different valving. It won't connect properly.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by cohea View Post
One more request for the reasoning behind the bicycle tire pumps....
From someone who has been through multiple natural disasters, a good bicycle pump has saved my bacon more than once. I have three manual (two hand and one foot); glad there were still some left as Irma was approaching. I had a 30-gallon compressor tank filled, a 110v and two 12v bike pumps, but it wasn't the same. Get one now before they run out - fill up your cart and sell them on Craigslist after the storm. Be safe everyone.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:20 AM
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I've got 30 bike pumps up here, not sure if they'll make it down in time if I send them today, but shoot me a PM when you find your local store is sold out
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:36 AM
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Hate to be the "Debbie downer" on this thread but You're in for a shock if you think you can count on your Ins. to save your ass. I'm still waiting for more than a pittance from my ins. co. after Irma and 1yr. has passed. Yes, I hired the biggest public adjuster from day one. Last week I signed the papers to file a lawsuit after all this time and little response.
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Old 09-12-2018, 09:06 AM
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My Keys house went through Irma last year. Oceanside, canal front, 300 yards from open ocean.

We figured that the canal rose about 8-10 feet because we ended up with seaweed in front of the house! Seaweed was piled up against the two Hurricane rated, French doors on the back, downstairs patio. Pool was full of weeds.

Use Duct Tape over the seams of at least all the ground floor doors! Even though they may be Hurricane Rated, one pin hole at the bottom and you'll come back to find gallons of salt water inside your closed up house! NOT good! I did that, taping those ground floor patio doors right before I left the Keys. Not a drop inside!

Paddle fans on patios? Take the time to take the blades off, take a heavy garbage bag to cover the fan, then wrap Duct Tape around the neck of the fan. Wish that I had done that!

Don't ASS/U/ME that you will know which direction the winds will be worse! Assume all four sides will be hammered! Plan accordingly.

Fridge/Freezers? Empty them! Unplug them! Leave the doors propped open if you will evacuate.

Leave one interior ceiling fan on Low. That way it will come on as soon as power is restored and get the air moving if you are not there!

Warm/hot water? Turn on a hose with a nozzle and leave it in the sun for an hour or two. Fill a bucket and bathe in the shower. Pouring down rain? Consider a shower outside! Get clean and cool off at the same time.

Get rabbit ears for a TV! You probably will get Elec back on way before you get Cable/Internet.
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