>> you would have to crawl in and retrieve it.
Tell that to my Marine buddy and his son who went coon hunting near Quantico and ending up covered in ticks. Close to 300. Little things can hurt you just as badly as some of the big ones. (-: Squirrels laughed at my first attempts to screen them out of the attic. Now the vents are covered with 1/4" thick metal gridwork of the kind seen on metal stair risers on old front stoops. Apparently if the squirrels were raised in the attic, they want back in very badly and will chew wherever they can catch a whiff of their old haunts.
That makes sense. It also makes sense, as other have suggested, to have basement in an area with a high water table or in areas prone to flash floods. It's sound like areas without basements have some serious "other" issues to consider. When I see interviews with people in flood areas on the news saying it's their fourth or fifth total innundation, I ask myself "What does it take to get people to move to higher ground?"
Are basements really built outside tornado alley just to provide refuge? I wonder if it's a throwback to the days of root cellars and once the trend of basements got going it didn't stop - until it met areas where it was not a good idea.
Watching them would just encourage them. (-:
No, they're just the *gateway* to the end of the world . . . (-"
When you get to be as skinny as you were when you're older than say 50, it's usually not a very good thing. Be thankful for that fat. Well, some of it, anyway.
Mike Rowe was working in a damn tight space - so tight he was getting his butt snagged when backing up. It couldn't have been much taller than 12 or 14" inches worth of space. And all they were doing was inspecting and removing dead raccoon and skunk carcasses. Working under there just has to be grim. What I would worry about is how long it could take to get out of there if you had an accident, got some chemicals in your eye or whatever? Tank crews have a loop on their backs for quick extraction and they're not cramped at all compared to some crawl spaces. Of course, your average house won't blow a 100' crater if the stored ammo lights up accidentally.
-- Bobby G.