60 mile an hour winds! I was just out in the rain getting BLASTED, most
invigorating. Now watching more comfortably from window as our trees bend
& twist about. A piece of deck roof stripping just blew off. An unlockable
gate got damaged from blowing open & shut, I just moved some rocks in
front of it so it won't keep smashing into itself. Have a friend up for
the week from his manse among the giant redwoods, checking out houses
here, as he can sell his for a million & get just as good here for a
quarter-million. Planning to move the whole family up here, claims he'll
be hiring me as landscaper (since I don't have the room to collect beech
trees, he said I should collect beeches for him -- well, that's acceptable
to me!), so even more reason to hope seeing the Northwest at its nastiest
doesn't change his mind.
-paghat the ratgirl
"Of what are you afraid, my child?" inquired the kindly teacher.
"Oh, sir! The flowers, they are wild," replied the timid creature.
Haha! I love this weather. I was out on my balcony before sun-up doing some
watering (the rain doesn't reach most of my pots) and filling bird feeders,
finished up a few daily domestic drudge chores and started on my Christmas
sewing. I've had to stop a lot to watch out the window as the rain pelts,
leaves blow by, trees dance. Jumped when a branch from a big fir tree (aka
widow makers) came down and crashed across a cedar fence. The birds don't
seem daunted by all this today. The feeders are busy and it's fun to watch
them bucking the head winds for a perch. The hummers seem to be the only
ones not making an effort in the high winds, except to zero in on target of
the swinging Humzinger. The balcony floor has a lovely sprinkling of petals
from my sweet autumn clematis and scented geraniums.
Time to toss another log on the fire,
snipped-for-privacy@netscapeSPAM-ME-NOT.net (paghat) wrote in message
hi paghat.. you sure paint a vivid picture! :) like to have some of
that rain but not that much wid.. ours is only gusting to about 25
mph today and yesterday but no sign of rain. you will surely make him
a fine landscaper.
best regards.. lee h
A medium generator will run a well pump. However there may be cheaper
alternatives, depending on your well.
Many modern wells have water within 10-20 feet of the surface. Even if
you have to drill down 200' or more, that's to get a good flow rate, not
to hit water. If the water is that close to the surface, it can be
pulled up by a hand pump.
I bought a hand pump last year at my local Ace hardware store. They
called it a pitcher pump, but it's basically a piston in a cylinder,
operated by a hand lever. A couple of flap valves allow it to pull water
up and pump it out. The flap valves leak, so it needs to be primed after
10-15 minutes of inactivity (this allows it to be located outdoors -- it
drains so it won't freeze). This could be mitigated by placing a good
ball valve in the suction line.
Obviously, if your well doesn't fit the above profile, this is not the
way to go, but if it does, my total cost was about $60 including
This system gets you water in buckets, not a pressurized water system
like you're used to, but at least it's water.
It doesn not solve your electricity problem.
I had municipal water, but supposed to boil for 5 days (I mean for 5
minutes during a 5-day period of uncertain safety of supply), and no
electricity for 9-1/2 days. This city of 140,000 people estimated
there was 1 million cubic yards of debris to be collected and disposed
Got 60 mph winds in my corner of the Northwest and it took out power on the
east side of town. My boss who owns an ISP was running around like a chicken
with his head cut off trying to save his servers, his generator failed.
My herculean fiance hurt his hand moving a tree that fell in the driveway.
Half of a small maple broke and struck the northside of my house. Thankfully
no damage was done there. Come morning, the yard was a complete disaster. A
fallen alder lays 12 feet from the house, a smashed picnic table and a work
bench beneath it. I am very lucky. That alder could have done in my kitchen
windows and the siding.
It looks like we'll have more winds for a while, but not as bad as
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