B&Q have excelled themselves again with their product offerings.
Now you can buy a DIY flood barrier of your very own for the princely
sum of £324
apears to be a product of great quality and strength. I wonder
how it would faire once the water level rises to half way. I
think that even poor old King Knut would wet himself laughing.
I guess that this will be sold in the highly priced and useless aisle
along with the toy windmills.
I've never undrstood why people go to great lengths to sandbag their doors
when the water will get in through the air vents anyway. Fortunately where I
live I'll never be in a situation where it will be put to the test.
Dunno - it might actually work, and I can think of many people who would
consider using such a thing. It does rely on having straight edges to seal
against though. The company has been going for a few years now.
They've thought of that one :-) (not necessarily B+Q, but the makers of the
floodgate - see their website).
And I reckon an air brick is a lot easier to deal with than a doorway.
Personally I'd consider a can of expanding foam as a suitable tool.
Nor me; however when you see these situations on the telly, there's no
doubt that you can typically see the water level to be lower on the
inside of an open, sandbagged door than outside. (Say, maybe enough to
prevent the water reaching the electrical sockets, which in a system
wired top-down would be well worth the aggro of a few sandbags)
A few carrier bags, or similar, work well to block up a brick air vent
- if the water is not moving it keeps itself in position and moulds to
the contours of the brick forming a perfect seal. If the water is
flowing then leaning something against the bag will hold it in place.
In article ,
"Dave Plowman (News)" writes:
Then there's the sewer pipe...
(Although if it gets high enough to flow over the brim of the loo,
it's most unlikely everything else on the house would have managed
to hold it back anyway.)
If you do too good a job sealing everything, you might find the
house pops out of the ground and floats off down the garden ;-)
Once again the tired and inaccurate propoganda against 'poor old King Knut'
is repeated ....
Knut, king of England and Norway only tried a spot of mega D-I-Y.
In his northern Kingdom particulaly Bergen he was familiar with the concept
of a quay (bryggen) against which ships could lay alongside to
embark/discharge cargo at all states of the tide ... but in his southern
Kingdom, particularly at his court at Bosham the tide 'went out' and ships
could only get to the quay for a few hours either side of high-water. Knut
ordered a wooden pile shoring be erected below the low-water limit and
ordered that the area between the piles and the town be infilled with lots
of 'MOT1' (equivalent).
It had taken him yonks to get the Planning Authority's approval
(environmental impact statement,; Chichester Harbour Ecological Survey
Report; English Heritage Comments, and detailed drawings made up and passed
by the Saxon BCOs who all muttered 'It'll never work "; "It's not natural !
Ships _shoud_ dry out every tide! It helps us scrape the bottoms'. 'Why do
we want to load and unload cargo at all states of the tide?' ."mutter,
mutter, mutter .....'.
After the new quay was working to Knut's satisfaction and the BCO had signed
off the chitties came an almighty storm and the reclaimed land (quay) was
inundated and washed away .... leaving only the wooden piles :(
Then all the nay-sayers gathered around and cried; "Told You! 'See, it would
never have worrked... , t'aint natural ,, keeping the tide back like that
Nowadays the only remnant of Knut's work is the submerged remains of the
piling wall off the 'quay' at Bosham which represent a hazard to navigation
as they ar not visible at high water.
[Oh, plus the drowned cars that insist on parking - at low water- below the
pub and on the landward side of Knut;s pile wall].
Some folk still prefer to believe their _history(?)_ books which portray
Knut sitting in a porta-throne at the water's edge.. But, there again,
when has any D-I-Y er not completed a job and been told 'you've missed a
bit, there!' ?
Let's restore Knut's reputation, he was a great innovator .. but he just
couldn't get the workforce!