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Mudslides in CA
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Post 16 made on Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 23:29
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Floods and mud are the worst.

Keep in mind, while the Thomas fire in Ventura/Montecito was very bad, the Santa Rosa Tubbs fire (In late Sep/early Oct) destroyed 2900 buildings, some of them commercial, but most of them residential. So many people lost their homes in SR (and appx 40 people died). The state has been hit hard...and then there is Houston and Florida who were sandblasted by hurricanes earlier. Lots of folks hurting in the last year
Chasing Ernie's post count, one useless post at a time.
Post 17 made on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 02:30
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Probably the only good thing about living in New Mexico:
- No winter storms
- No ice storms
- No extended power outages or rolling blackouts (3x 2-4 hour power outages in last 21 years)
- No fires (directly impacting metro areas)
- No mudslides
- No huricanes
- No floodings
- No tornados
- No earthquakes
- No volcano erruptions
- No heatwaves (extreme, not the 102 few times a year)

We're boring that way... and I like it.
OP | Post 18 made on Wednesday January 17, 2018 at 10:48
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On January 17, 2018 at 02:30, Mario said...
Probably the only good thing about living in New Mexico:
- No winter storms
- No ice storms
- No extended power outages or rolling blackouts (3x 2-4 hour power outages in last 21 years)
- No fires (directly impacting metro areas)
- No mudslides
- No huricanes
- No floodings
- No tornados
- No earthquakes
- No volcano erruptions
- No heatwaves (extreme, not the 102 few times a year)

We're boring that way... and I like it.

You leave off these facts?

Albuquerque, for example, the state's largest city, had an estimated crime rate of 775 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, more than twice the national rate. New Mexico residents were also among the nation's poorest in 2013, with a median household income of $43,872 and a poverty rate of nearly 22%
Post 19 made on Thursday January 18, 2018 at 12:03
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I did some work yesterday at a property just adjacent to the evacuation zone (houses on the other side of the street are evacuated). The damage is really localized so you can still drive through many parts of town and not be aware of what's happened except for all the street closures are traffic congestion near the mudslide areas.

It was a lot more difficult than I expected to get to the house where I needed to work due to all the street closures and heavy equipment in the area. Excavation is running 24x7 and the freeway is lined with dump trucks taking away the debris. One big issue now is where to dump all this stuff... right now most of it is being dumped on the local beaches which have all been closed due to contamination.

Grocery stores even far away from the mudslides were becoming empty, but the store near our house finally started to get shipments and restock again on Monday. Still lots of people that can't get to work, so most businesses are very understaffed (or staffed by temp help) and those that are there are putting in long days.

People I know who are evacuated and staying at the resorts and hotels say that most of the staff there are working 18-20 hour days because they are so short handed.

Due to the fires, holidays and now the mudslides I've only worked 3 days in the last 6 weeks. Hopefully the freeway and some roads will reopen next week so I can get access to projects again.

This is one of my client's homes lost in the mudslide. Reports are that mud and boulders broke through the glass on the front of the house and then pushed all the contents out the back of the house. The home was visible in the background of local news coverage a couple days ago, and it's almost unrecognizable:
[Link: homeadore.com]

What's strange is this house is only 1400 feet away from the house where I was working yesterday which was untouched...





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OP | Post 20 made on Friday January 19, 2018 at 11:54
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Paul,

How do you deal with the audio reflections in something like that glass house? It's got to be a PIA to get the sound "right".

Then all that glass. Is it mostly electronic glass, or do they just not worry about voyeurs?
Post 21 made on Friday January 19, 2018 at 13:00
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Acoustics were really bad in the house and something that was continually being worked on.  I used a lot of "ecoustic" panel from Unika Vaev:
[Link: unikavaev.com]

This was applied to one side of the main hallway, a couple feature walls, in the backs of the bookcases and then I stuck it everywhere else I could hide it (under the fireplace mantel, on the bottom of the dining room table, on the bottom of benches and chairs, etc.).

Carpets were also changed out and were different than what you saw on the website photos which helped a lot.

The glass is a special "Starphire" glass that's manufactured with less iron and lead so it's very clear and doesn't have the green hue you see looking through the edge of regular glass.  This kind of glass is usually used in high-end jewelry or museums displays.

All the electric switched glass stays cloudy/milky and wouldn't work for a home like this.  The Master Bedroom & Bath which are right on the front of the house have roller shades (master bedroom has combo blackout & sheer), so when they want privacy in the bedroom or bath they can close the shades.  The lot is also large and very private and had a wall all the way around it so you can't really see the house from the road so privacy isn't much of an issue except for groundskeepers and other people on the property.
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Post 22 made on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 01:13
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I  expect this has fallen off the news except for locally, but still a big catastrophe and very disruptive here locally.  The freeway was finally reopened about 2 weeks after the mudslide allowing me to have access to some projects, but much of Montecito where most damage took place is still shut down and closed off.

I worked at a project today that's around 10 miles past the majority of the damage and was surprised to find that they had mud and debris flow all around the property and had already had a crew of 7 working for 10 days to clean up and are only about half way done.

Many of my clients homes are still inaccessible and completely without utilities.

The property that I posted about earlier was shown on local news tonight... here are a couple photos:

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Post 23 made on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 07:48
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Not to be insensitive, but did the cars survive?  Beautiful house though :(
Post 24 made on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 09:37
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That is so sad.

Was such a beautiful house.
Post 25 made on Wednesday January 24, 2018 at 10:52
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On January 24, 2018 at 07:48, ctjordan33 said...
Not to be insensitive, but did the cars survive?  Beautiful house though :(

There's been some work going on in the lower level so I think there were only 2 cars at the house when the mud came through, but I haven't asked the homeowner specifically about them.

They were at another house when this happened so I'm not even sure if they've been able to get up to this property to see the damage in person.
www.sbsmarthomes.com
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