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It's good that the roof is not leaking (you didn't mention that) but improper installation will create leaks in the future. So, verifying a few key items and then officially notifying your builder (by certified, return receipt mail) of incorrect installation will protect your rights. I'd check the following: Number of nails in each shingle: Each roofing ...


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Roof construction varies depending on where you live. In the north you need to build to contend with a heavy snow load so roof trusses are more numerous and stronger. Sothern climes, not so much. Further, the roof cladding makes a difference. Many roofs in Europe are covered with tile or slate, which is heavy and needs the extra support. All buildings ...


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This is an interesting read: http://www.justanswer.com/structural-engineering/6escy-does-shadow-box-fence-significantly-less-windloading.html The engineer says that there is no reduction in surface area, and the gap between boards isn't significant enough to significantly alter the air flow. He also says that in reality, there may be a minor reduction in ...


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In a word--money. Wood frame stud construction has been the norm in the US for mass housing for a long time, and I am given to understand that newer houses in the UK are being built this way. It is much cheaper than the heavy timber and 'stone built' constructions which have been the standard construction techniques in Europe for centuries. Stud wall ...


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I am posting this response several years after the fact since the information contained above did not match my personal experience. I live in the foothills of Denver, CO where we routinely see high winds and where shadowbox fencing is preferred for its apparent wind shedding characteristics. I am also a mechanical engineer and in need of a new fence after ...


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The only logical that comes to my mind is an awning of some sort. If you get a big enough one, most direct light will be lost and you should have the same amount of airflow.


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You'll want to use a cable not individual wires here What you will want to do is lash a cable, specifically a UF cable (the same one you'd use for direct burying the run to the sign) to the messenger, not individual wires. Your initial plan is a Code violation outside of an industrial establishment where only qualified personnel service the installation, ...


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Previously I had a home with no A/C, it was in a forested area so not too bad. But to cool overnight, I put 2 box fans in the living room (great room) windows, both BLOWING OUT. I also blocked off parts that the fans didn't cover in the two windows. Then in other rooms opened windows which allowed cooler night time air to enter the room. I wouldn't use the ...


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Moving air tends to feel cooler than still air. If you can put up with the noise, the box fan trick works quite well. In my experience, air movement in the home depends on air movement outdoors; if it's a still evening, even with lots of windows open, you won't get much air. On the flip side, even a small breeze can help. If you have lots of money and live ...


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Some possibilities come to mind : Louvered panels, slatted panels, slatted ventilation panels. A google search for the text below gave many from 4" by 4" to fencing and all types in between. slatted ventilation panels


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Any solution will be a compromise. The more light you block, the more air you will also block. You want something opaque and dark and non-reflective and adjustable. Some sort of slat blinds is a common solution, but if you have room to install a device away from the window, some other creative opportunities exist to block direct light but allow airflow ...


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By looking at some mobile home anchoring systems you might be able to adapt something to a smaller scale. They appear similar to the screw in the earth anchors used for dog run tie outs albeit on a larger scale. I would screw in three dog anchors on each side and use a ratcheting cargo strap (available at any auto parts store) to cinch it down. It may take ...


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Complain to your builder (try to have them visit on a windy day) and ask what they can or will do about it. The next step is probably: Plant trees to provide a windbreak. Without knowing where you are, a general suggestion would be something fast-growing but not, perhaps, the tree you'd love to have mixed with trees that grow slower and have more ...


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For sure the new design will help. Basic physics. More force will pass through instead of beating against the wood. Also force (wind) will naturally take the path of least resistance. You have a giant fence with no gaps now. So anything you move to will be better. Will it be a lot better and help. Maybe, maybe not. Looking at the new design this ...


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Why not hang a bi-fold louver door on the inside. You would hinge it on the opposite side of the door jamb from the existing door. Then, when you open your regular door, you slide the louvered door into the opening and use a hook latch to keep it closed. Links are examples only, and not an endorsement of any product or source.


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15 amps at 120 volts, as @dandavis sates, is only a momentary starting current. If it really did draw that much, it would need at least 150 amperes at 12 volts, completely draining the batteries in three hours (and probably destroying them from the heavy current flow). The client, or you, need to find what the actual total energy drain is under the ...


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For attaching anything bigger than christmas lights to the house, the siding is just a covering of the frame. And the frame (wall studs, etc) is what you need to securely anchor to. You can either drill straight through the siding or cut some siding away and tackle it that way. It's spooky when you cut into your house, no doubt, so the concept of "measure ...


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Use a smoke pencil This is what pro hvac guys use to find drafts. it produces a thin stream of smoke that you can direct at the perimeter of the window. When you observe the smoke being drawn into a gap you will have isolated a leak.


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In my experience there are several common sources of sound caused by the wind at a window. Banging screen. The screen is loose and the wind rattles it back and forth in the frame. To test, removed it and see if the noise goes away. To fix, put something in the track to hold the screen tight. Just about anything will work including a stick, or a piece of ...


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Suggested construction: I've depicted an overlapping jalousie privacy fence but I haven't put in all the details. "Privacy fence" construction is sort of a solved problem. The fence does not need to be very strong because the beam supports it along its entire length.


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A deep cycle battery is what you want. A standard car battery really is not designed to charge and discharge where a deep cycle is made to do that so it will have a longer usable life.


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Actually, it's not just "tying the roof down to the foundation." Its more than just uplift. It's tying the roof to the walls (for lateral resistance), then tying the walls to the foundation. Where I live, we get 120-140 mph winds every year, but they're "gusts". Where you live, the winds (tornados...hurricanes) are "sustained" winds. Much tougher to ...


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Had a licensed contractor come and inspect my roof. These were his findings: Shingles revealed high nailing patterns not consistent with manufactures installation requirements. Nails were consistently over driven and/or not flush. All slopes showed evidence of improper nailing patterns Previous repairs were completed in unsatisfactory fashion. Wind damaged ...


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If you mean will it block wind, then yes & quite well. If you mean will it hold up in the wind, as you indicate in comments, then yes it will but not long. However, the construction problems you mentioned don't have me convinced either that the boards will stay on past 5-years. Amongst many other components, due to that haphazard nailing. 2 other ...


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If you have ability to hang items outside the windows, there are companies that make blinds for the outside of the windows that say that they block light but leave your view and airflow intact. I have not seen how well they work as I am a renter and not allowed to put items on the outside of the properties we will in. Using your preferred search engine, ...


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I don't see how this would reduce the wind load on the posts. In fact, it might increase it a little since the surface area of the fence is greater. If the wind force is too great for your posts, you only have 2 options: More posts Stronger posts.


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Looks to me like a standard 5 gallon plastic bucket, with lid could be cut with a hole for the fan shaft in the bottom and a slot for your mounting pipe on the side. Once mounted, cover the slot w plastic and screw or pop-rivet in place. Wiring will need another hole. Sun might make the bucket brittle in 5 years, but even with thin metal, you're going to ...


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If the latch plate is flush with the door edge, the set back is correct. The flat back (faces street for out swinging doors) must be able to extend into the strike plate to hold door. Many alignment issues crop up to pull those 2 edges apart. Door gaps tell what has happened to its alignment over time. up/down misalign due to top hinge pulling away from ...


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