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You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

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What do you think - will this help keep the roof on?
Seems like the keys to this are the positioning of the straps (near the edges/corners) and the capacity of the screw-in ground anchors.

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RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

Impressive lol

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

Sure hope it's anchored well... I'd normally put the straps at 1/5 points...

Ron: You keeping out of the winds and rain?

Dik

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

It can't hurt. Most of the failures I've seen videos of are peeling failures where the roof starts at one edge and pulls nails one at a time. An additional hold-down to prevent peel is a good thing. At worst it adds a small amount to the debris field.

OTOH, sometimes it doesn't matter much how sturdy things are:

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

I wonder if he got those straps in Walmart.

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

Aside from point loading the roof sheathing, I can actually see this being a good idea.

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RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

I like it. Utility pole helical anchors could be permanently installed with the connection point just below ground. Even the smaller anchors (4.5' long, 3/4" diameter rod, 4" diameter plate, hot-dip galvanized) have a rated holding capacity of 2 to 4 four kips. This size can be hand installed, if you are young an strong. I have used them (successfully) as dead-men for retaining wall tieback.

When the time comes to use them, fly a "string" over the house with a drone to pull the straps into place.

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RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

What's wrong with a slide-rule era monkey's fist?

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

Seems like the gutters are taking a beating

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

I don't see why this wouldn't work, as long as you have a good anchorage point it wouldn't hurt. I'm not sure how much tension you could put on those straps without cause other dapabe to the roof.

All joking aside, hurricane Irma has devastated a large portion of the Caribbean in particular St. Maarten (which I read about all of the time). I have been fortunate enough to visit the airport a few times on my way to St. Barthelemy which was also battered by the same hurricane. I can't comment on the construction methods used in St Maarten and I have never ventured out of the airport however, I was always impressed with the construction methods I observed during my stays in St. Barthelemy. All of the houses (which are newer) are poured in place reinforced concrete with hip style roofs (constructed using full 2x6/2x8 at 2'-0" o.c., wood planks and screw down metal roofing). Construction heights are limited to 3 stories or less (more for aesthetics) and every house has had hurricane shutters.

Attached is a picture of the main town of Gustavia which was taken just after the hurricane. The picture isn't of great quality and taken from a far distance, but there really isn't much damage that can be observed. Certainly not the damage that you would expect from a 185mph wind storm.

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

I reads that 90% of St. Barts was flattened. Fake news?

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

XR250, I'm not there so I don't know. The pictures I have seen show extensive damage to the infrastructure (power lines, roads etc) and storm surge/flood damage. The picture that was attached was taken on Thursday afternoon after the airport reopened for emergency use (you can see the plane landing in the distance) and was taken from far away.

If you want to see a few more pictures you can to this website:

https://www.sbhonline.com/hurrican-irma-photos/

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

Ah yes, i was thinking of Barbuda

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

OT Trivia: ACME is the company that made/invented the animation stands where the animation cels were stacked to be photographed as well as the tracing tables that the inkers would use to trace the pencil drawings. They weren't the only ones, but I think they were the key company to standardizing the slot/pin/slot arrangement for aligning the cels. Hence, everything that Wile E. Coyote ordered came from the ACME company. Ref. http://www.cartoonsupplies.com/catalog/animation-d...

RE: You might be a redneck if you use Acme Hurricane Hold Downs

We can also thank W.E. Coyote for turning a word that connoted epitomy/excellence into a word that generations afterwards think of as meaning mediocrity

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