I FINALLY got a video posted to the You Tube channel reviewing FloodSax. I think these things have a huge potential for community level flood mitigation efforts, and could also be very useful for the homeowner in a flood zone.
We'll be doing a contest to win a couple packs of FloodSax in a couple of days.
The Great East Coast Windstorm/Heatwave/Power Loss
I've already shared our tale up through Saturday night. By Sunday morning we had lost phone service and the temperature was rapidly rising. We got the kids back to their parents and saw a lot of devastation along the roads with trees uprooted or snapped off and falling across power lines and on to houses. When we got back home, I changed the oil in the primary generator. I noticed that it had 147 hours on it, and we only bought it 10 months ago before Hurricane Irene. Counting time we were away from home or using the backup generator, we've probably been 180 hours or so without power in just 10 months. Crazy.
No School Like Old School
We had to get some laundry done to get ready for work this morning. The generator will run the washing machine, but not the dryer. So, after we dropped the kids off, we stopped at Home Depot and picked up a couple of turnbuckles. My wife already had 100' of clothesline from a sewing project, so I strung it up between two fence posts. The line streteched out some, so some scrap 2x6s pushing up took out the slack and got it high enough for beach towels. Not sure why I never thought of that before.
From Prison to the High Life
It was just sweltering, oppressively hot in the house yesterday, even with fans going. I thought back to a part of G. Gordon Liddy's autobiography, Will, that I remembered from his time in prison. He had described a basic air conditioner made from a rag, a jug, a pan of water and an electric fan. I used our canning pot, a cookie cooling rack, a piece of towel and the fan. The water was wicked up the towel from the pot, and the fan blew across it. It was slightly cooler than just the fan going by itself.
We're at over 48 hours without power as I type this (never mind the 30 hours we had last Monday into Tuesday). It is still in the mid-upper 90s during the day and the house is sweltering. Last night we had three fans (incuding the one with my prison A/C unit) and the cieling fan going, and it was miserable. Today we bought a 10,000 btu window A/C unit and I installed when I got home from work. Our bedroom has no windows, but the master bath has one, so I put it in there and we can close off the rest of the house. It is super comfortable in here right now. Using our smaller, newer generator, I can run the A/C, refrigerator, well pump, a fan and my CPAP. That's what we'll do when we go to bed. Right now, while watching TV and some lights on, I've got the A/C running directly from an extension cord to the older, bigger generator and the rest of the house on the newer one. We've been through a number of hot power outages... again, I don't know why I hadn't thought of it before. This morning, I had been thinking about it when my wife called me with the same suggestion. Great minds think alike.