Is there a type of hand saw that's particularly suited to cutting out of a
collapsed house in an earthquake? It should be easy to cut through a 2x4 and
other common support beams in a wood framed house.
Are you planning on carrying this saw with you at all times?
Do you really expect to be able locate and access this device *after*
your house has collapsed?
"Hold on honey! Let me run down to my workshop and grab that
"Earthquake Extraction" saw that was recommended by the fine folks
over at a.h.r. I'll have us out in a jiffy.
D*mn! Hey Honey? Have you seen my workshop? I can't seem to find it."
OH! You mean the sock drawer that's buried under the roof?
OK, I'll just use my emergency saw to cut through the framing material
to get to the sock drawer so I can use my emergency saw to cut through
the framing to get to the sock drawer so I can use my emergency
saw...hey wait...something is amiss here.
I know people who live in "tornado alley" that have them in their
"safe room" My friend John has had two houses destroyed by tornadoes.
I think he has damned near enough tools to get out of his house as it
would take to rebuild it.
I don't live in "tornado alley" or in a earthquake prone area, so I
might wrong here, but don't you typically get some type of warning
before a tornado totals the place, thus giving you time to get into
your safe room?
AFAIK you don't typically get that kind of warning before an
I have read that back in the day in tornado country, when the "safe
room" was the storm cellar, it was standard practice to take the axe
down there with you in case the house landed on top of it. Some
people trapped in their attics in New Orleans probably could have used
one too. Although as someone pointed out, you don't get any warning
time with earthquakes. -- H
A cordless sawzall or chainsaw would work for cutting into a wood frame
house to find survivors. Forget the idea of sawing yourself out, since
when the house collapses on you, you'll be lucky if you can scratch your
nose, much less get to a saw and saw your way out.
Those support beams may well still be supporting several tons of crap
above my head. I'm not sure I'd fancy chopping through them. I don't think
I'd fancy trying to do a structural survey in the dark by feel alone,
Carry a doggie biscuit in your pocket at all times; the search dogs will
find you more quickly.
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