Roads and roofs
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:31pm

Had I stopped on that Battle Mountain epic, the road ice, a crust of glazed windblown snow was so slick I would never have been able to get started again- no traction. Had to maintain some uphill momentum. It was too dangerous to stop and chain up as well.

You know how lots of S Cal homes have flat roofs? Sometimes people here build that style, and discover in big snow events, while we don't get the weight to threaten collapse, freeze-thaw and shifting produces cracks that lead to leaks. They have to seal, reseal, and reseal their roofs. A frame roofs shed snow, and they don't leak. The mountain design ain't for looks! I would imagine in the hot desert, an A frame structure that makes a cozy warm winter upstairs loft in the snowy mountains, could be its own broiler. A frames ain't for deserts neither. A flat roof radiates the most heat away from the house.

Out on the prairie, towns and ranch houses are always located where topography and terrain isn't so prone to drifts. But an unexpected outcome is the plantings of trees for windbreaks, and the little checkerboards of housing blocks with trees, streets, and landscaping become snow traps in the blizzards. All the snow blown off the prairie is deposited there, and 20 to 30 foot drifts in those little towns are possible and expected from just a few inches of snow. After a blizzard, the farmers use their tractors to plow and clear the streets, sidewalks, and driveways. Eads, Limon, Sterling can look like a snowbound ski town all winter, plunked right down in the middle of a brown, wind scoured prairie. Sometimes the drifts pile up tall enough for kids to sled down. Drifted snow out there settles like avalanche snow, into something like concrete.

My first teaching job was in such a place, and after a blizzard, I spent a couple days with my ice axe and shovel carving a huge drift and plowed snowpile beside the school into a huge brontosaurus for the kids to climb and play on.

  • Exactly!PH⛄️❄️EY, Sun Sep 17 8:35am
    Looking at the location of some if not many of these hurricane and storm surge homes left in ruin, it's obvious these are built right at the water edge. Some are flat to the ground inches it seems... more
    • wires that you can plug in to melt any buildup. We have bitothane (sp?) under our roof shingles and also have the electric melters to stop ice buildup, especially on the roof over the "great room"... more
      • Thank you for your suggestions.PH👀EY, Sun Sep 17 4:39pm
        And with 30 foot ceiling, that IS a great room. My "great room" is 20. And it feels like a barn. I cannot imagine another ten feet. You forget I have no wiring here. House roof is rated R33. Walls... more
        • Well, if you're putting in another roof, use bitothane (sp?) under the shingles or steel to prevent ice buildup from even beginning. We'd have put it up the ENTIRE span of roof instead of up only 12... more
          • Yes, a generator.PH☃☃EY, Mon Sep 18 7:49am
            A Honda 1,000. I use it for music and movies, and when required a couple of lamps. My living room is 20x36. At this early darkened hour my light is three candles. As winter comes on I will switch... more
            • it powers up about half of the house in a power outage. The major systems: heat, well water pump, laundry room, overhead fans, entire kitchen, only one full bath (others are dark, lit with battery... more
              • I cannot tolerate noise for very long.PH👀EY, Mon Sep 18 8:38pm
                But this little generator is so quiet. And no need for a behemoth. I have two 1000s, one 2,000, and a Homelite 2500 (noisy). But I only use the 1000. It is way more than enough to operate my lights,... more
              • a factor, we have a setup we use for austere environment work that includes a couple of 60kw generators for power made by a company called WhisperWatt. Even those big diesel 60KW units are so quiet... more
                • Yes, thank you for the info.PH👀EY, Sun Sep 24 8:33pm
                  But without any wiring, there is no way..... My little Honda is so quiet I forget it is running.
                  • some very quiet small generators. They seem to be gaining a significant market share as power packs installed in semi-trucks to reduce the cost of idling to run air conditioners and such.... I don't... more
                    • The little 1,000 is an amazingPH👍🏿👍🏿EY, Wed Sep 27 8:57am
                      little machine. All I do is change the oil and add fuel. It just keeps on giving. It runs my kitchen lamp, my two living room lamps, my stereo and TV/tuner. Mostly though it is not used except in the ... more
                • and trucks are LOUDER. I'm not big on mechanics, so don't know why or how diesel tends to be such loud motors but find that amazing they've created a diesel generator that is super quiet. Well worth... more
                  • Yes... most heavy equipment runs on diesel...Sprout, Tue Sep 19 9:20am
                    But diesel technology has come a long way. I suspect it is a matter of balancing power to weight in various applications... Volkswagon made some small diesel sedans that were impressively quiet. A... more
    • Roads and roofs — Pikes, Sun Sep 17 1:31pm
      • Flat roofsPH❄️❄️EY, Mon Sep 18 8:00am
        Oh, well you have educated me about the purpose for a flat roof. I had assumed it was flat for cheaper construction in areas of less rain and very little if any snow. Getting in a. Out of here is... more
        • and do, it's fortunate that you found your little slice of heaven. I didn't know that's why roofs were flat either. I live in pitched roof territory so never even wondered as flat roofs is not... more
          • Yes, I am living happily ever after.PH👏🏾👏🏾EY, Sun Sep 24 4:00pm
            The odd thing is living without wiring, plumbing, central heating, AC, no refrigerator, no indoor shower, nor bathroom, and no kitchen sink, it's surprisingly easy. But one HAS to be organized, stay... more
            • food cold, shower, get drinking water, and clean the place without indoor plumbing? I get that you have an outhouse but the other stuff, HOW do you manage them so easily as you're suggesting?
              • It's easy.PH🌈🌈EY, Mon Sep 25 7:47am
                I use a large cooler that stays out on the work porch, north side. In the summer I get ice every few days from a market. And it's very easy to keep clean and organized. During the winter it's cool... more
                • live there on your own? There does come a point where it becomes impossible to manage on your own if the slightest thing goes wrong a/o it becomes too difficult to manage. Things get heavier, bodies... more
                  • That question is on my mind.PH😰🙂EY, Mon Sep 25 3:02pm
                    But so far so good. No prescriptions. My tactic is to slow down and do less time on each daily chore. Take a more time on each. Spread out the load. For instance, I could put my firewood away in the... more
                    • doing all of those critical chores, what is the plan? Do you sell your place and move to an easier lifestyle or assisted living? Or do you hire an able bodied, live in aide to take care of the more... more
                      • It's so ironic.PH🤕🤕EY, Wed Sep 27 9:18am
                        After our discussion here, I was out early up on the top of five steps leading to the front porch. I turned too quickly and lost my balance. And fell backwards landing with a major thud on the... more
                        • Advertise. If she's out there, you'll find her. Sia☺giah, Fri Sep 29 1:09am
                          Curious why it needs to be a lesbian and a-sexual at that ... ?? Glad there was no major harm to you.
                          • Oh, it was a small bit of rude humor.PH👀EY, Sat Sep 30 9:02am
                            What I am seeking is someone stable. And who likes the remote locale and Mother Nature. 40ish. With no ties to party people, who has sown his or her oats and settled into a wiser course. "Neutered."... more
                      • The latter....PH👀EY, Tue Sep 26 10:08am
                        It's difficult to find the right individual to take up some of the work. Most seem to be on pot 24/7. Or other far worse drugs. Or mental issues. But it's something that is on my mind. It is my... more
      • Oh, how FUN. (The brontosaurus thing) (nm)Sia☺giah, Sun Sep 17 2:16pm
        • Leadville's FUMCPikes, Mon Sep 18 5:39am
          The Methodist Church in Leadville is a very tall barn over a large sanctuary, with a very steep, almost A frame roof above it. By the entrance door is an avalanche warning sign for when deep... more
          • Steep pitched roofs.PH⛄️⛄️EY, Mon Sep 18 8:16am
            I can relate to the avalanche of snow off of the roof. Literally I could be buried alive or at least made helpless if caught under mine. So it's important to pay attention and keep my winter house... more