Hurricane Harvey..

Discussion in 'Health & Safety Forum' started by Grant H, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. kylenelson

    kylenelson You'll find me on the floor I Support TFP Senior Member

    I bet our rates are close to double though, if what I've seen posted of Florida's rates are true
  2. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    That all depends on where you are getting your work from. I literally get one penny less per sq ft in S.C. through a shop than I was getting in Oregon through a shop. Things are way more organized here so I'm actually pulling in way more money for the same amount of flooring that I install. No running around for this or that for free and I'm not expected to do ANYTHING for free. I shoulda moved 10 years ago because I have a smile on my face every day here.

    On the flip side, I also know plenty of guys installing for $10/ hour here and they move like molasses on a January morning and have no tools of their own to boot. It's crazy because I was totally looking at getting out of flooring because I was so tired of eating shit all the time on the west coast yet I couldn't afford my lifestyle unless I kept on installing.
  3. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Chris, when did you jump to S.C.?

    Kyle, about a year n half we've only been doing removals. Surely you're not getting double my rates.

    Installation rates are decimated, I see most real trades driving nice trucks, even grasscutters.

    So, I hear Dave Foster saying that some retailers have fixed the crisis, so let's interview them, how much they making an hour, the whole nine, is it worth it?
  4. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Been here just over a month. Rates here are the same as elsewhere but cost of living is much less. No need for retailers to pay more there due to the abundance of cheap labor. I just got tired of it.
  5. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    That is impressive. Up and move I can't fathom. These Hurricane(s)x3 may be headed your way.
  6. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    The move was 2 years in the planning so it wasn't necessarily just pack n git. Something had to give though. It's not like I was going to see any more money for what I do any time soon even if some magazin article says rates are on the rise.

    I think we are far enough inland that we will just get some good wind and rain but we do have water and supplies just in case. The wife was looking at FEMA flood maps last night to see how our area will do and they are releasing water from Lake Murray in preparation for the rain that we will get. Should be interesting to say the least. I've never lived somewhere that I've had to worry about evacuating if the dookie hits the fan. Now you being in Florida, I'd be scootin if I was you.
  7. Commercial Floor Rep

    Commercial Floor Rep I Support TFP Published

    Kind of figures doesn't it? Mike wins a contest and the whole world starts coming apart.

    Seriously Mikey - be safe and keep your head down. We can't afford to lose you or all the cool tools you have!!!
  8. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I normally would have left, roads are packed, 2004 we left couple times nothing happened and it got costly flying out and driving away. Went to Lowes and they were out of many types plywood. They had 3/4 Advantech perfect. Will board up though the storm looks like it will steer toward east coast.

    My brother wanted to take his trailer over to Daytona and load my moms stuff up, I have some furniture there too. I said forget it, at this point it's too late with traffic,time,probably others bogging down elevators. Just decided couple weeks ago to storm shutter the glass and doors, but looks like it's too late for design,approval,install. Company will board up the 12 ft opening for 400$, wife told my mom stop the insurance for contents couple months ago, I would have waited till season was over had I known.

    My tools are all over place, the ride on is in storage strapped with tarp, plastic bags underneath protecting electronics. The roof can peel off and few extra layers of protection. I have the vct plow on front if I need to push debris out of the way to get it on the trailer.

    About Harvey, people moved from Loiusiana to Texas from Katrina's storm. General Honore is there and he was talking about the chemical plant that spontaneously combusted. The General spoke some truth as to the toxicity of the smoke and possibly future outbreaks, and the water with sewage and contamination all washing out to sea. I was taken aback by the truth when the trade centers fell they said the dust was not toxic.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2017
  9. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    The Advantech disappointed me with my hammer test. Wanted to see how it would take a hit. Hammer went through on 4 bangs. The plywood hit the hammer didn't go through, I hit it harder and 6 shots started to crack it.

    Not an official test, but I can't find numbers on strengths. Our Lowes I guess ran out of plywood,tapcons, they did have particle board and MDF, fuel is empty in my town.

    I'm all boarded up, I'm guessing

    Attached Files:

  10. seamsealer

    seamsealer Pro Member

    • Like Like x 1
  11. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    @Mike Antonetti So are you riding the storm out in your house or are you heading to a local shelter? Not sure what I'd do if I was you. Watching the news and it looks like a real cluster. The wife n I specifically chose to not relocate to a coastal area for that very reason.

    Hoping for the best for you and anyone else down there.
  12. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    The lure of the sea! On the west coast I'm 20 miles in 100 ft above sea level. The news doesn't clarify the water from surge and then the wind damage risk that knocks buildings down.
  13. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I totally understand the lure of the sea. On the other side of the U.S. we would rent a beach house and watch the good storms. Completely different story here. Be safe. Do you have your security cams up and running? Should be some good video if your house doesn't blow away. Makes one have a grater appreciation for a brick house.
  14. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    I do have the cams but will move them inside vehicles. 140$ each I don't want to lose them. Plus power going out.

    I don't have equipment to monitor wind speed, if different plywood(3 types) fail the fasteners, direction of wind hitting front of house, side, depending where the eye is. No feedback, not sure what wind speeds will affect even a parked vehicle on grass, my cargo trailer, parking it next to house? Protect pool cage which I think is gone.

    The storm surge will hit Tampa like Harvey hit Houston, along with the coastline of many counties.
  15. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    When I was in Pensacola in the 60's we tied everything down with those expanding stakes you drove into the ground.
    Looks like Irma is heading for Tampa now. But it can change by the minute.



Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.