If you find yourself trying to anchor your building down at the last moment, and anchors are all sold out, well I've got something even better (that
may be CHEAPER).
Forget about wasting money on bags of ice, which will be sold out, I've got something better (that's FREE).
So I'm in a all steel mobile building, double wide. Similar in concept nut not quite a mobile home. I couldn't afford the hurricane anchors by the
time I got this property ready and got it here. Went last year got edges and hits by multiple tropical storms even a piece of some hurricane. Had wind
gusts get up to around 50MPH or so but not felt the thing wiggle. Whatever. But then here's comes Hurricane Irma, the 'most powerful storm in the
history of the known universe', and those last couple days they had the final track the thin black line version went straight over top of my roof for
all intensive purposes...
I went to get anchors during the week before Irma but nope already sold out. Expected that, and I already couldn't afford the storm as it was. So it
was time to invent something. I grabbed the damaged bags of cement stuffs for the 50% discount, and back home to dig around the shop.
Amongst my metal, of use, I had one and a half beams of "Unistrut" and 1/4" conduit pipe. Unistrut is the metal beam material used in commercial
construction. It lays across the proper trusswork, bolts down, and then electricians and 'tin knockers' anchor / strap their electrical / duct work
to it. It has nice big holes all down the sides almost perfect to slide a section of conduit pipe into...
As you can see the holes are more oval shape, but a little hammer action to slightly flatten them out and viola:
Now you want to cut the conduit longer than the space, and to insert you slant them all down the one direction and then tap them level as you reach
the unistrut into the bottom of the hole (which is caverned out down in the bottom). I ended up having 3-4 conduit cross pieces per anchor (the more
you can mange the better).
I had several bags of semi-hard cement on hand so I smashed all that up and rammed the chunks down in there while pouring the wet cement, all
You just need a sawzall to cut both materials, and get about 3 'anchors' per 10' stick of Unistrut. Unistrut is about $20 per stick, proper anchors
are about $20 each.
Now I only had enough for 4 anchors, when normally with the base area of this building it'd have maybe 20 anchors or a little less.
But I wasn't too freaked out because normally anchors are either drilled in via their auger heads and thats it. Since most of the ground down here is
sand, and auger bits having or 4" or 5" or whatever auger bit tip, I figure my anchors cemented in real nice would have to be worth every bit of 3
The trick is how to attach the building to the mere four anchors in a way that would match the strength of '20' straps hooked down. Normally the
straps are some nice sturdy sheet metal strapping, but I happened to have some 300' of 3/8" aluminium rope on hand, so got the proper clamps and
snaked the rope all into the steel truss etc under-carriage through the anchors and clamped them tight.
The hook up part was a blast as I was trying to save that for last amongst preparing a mountain of equipment etc on this property for a direct hit in
a big block barn building sure to blow away... so was going to do it at like 4AM before I went to bed, to then be able to evacuate to the big city
first thing in the morning. Prolbem is when I was working in the dark in the barn I got stung by something BAD on my finger, where normally bees /
wasps stings barely even bother me after and here my whole hand was swelling up and all my body joints started aching within 20 minutes tot eh tune I
was pretty sure it must have been a black widow. So at 2AM my whole performance schedule was wrecked.
So when I got up I had like an hour left to finish a bunch of other BS inside and out, aluminum rope the building to the anchors, herd the cats and
pack the truck and not forget to do anything. all while the hurricane was already blowing and hard spritzing.
I came to find out that since the rope was in 3 100' strands, used, all coiled as one, to separate them and then wrestle the over-lengthed ropes to
each side under there, in the dark on a bunch of beers and 72 hours intense prepping, yeah that wasn't going to work well alone in the dark.
Here you can see a standard sheet metal strap dangling (I wanted to hook those too where possible but was out of time):
But I managed, got out in time for if it did hit, which it 'didn't', and I wasn't going to lose a finger whatever bit / stung me. And as I could
tell we did have here winds go well beyond the 50MPH+ I seen last year, its wasnt too bad and the building was perfect.
Yeah I wanted to get this method posted earlier but the hassle caused by the 72 hour 'Hurricane Me' on the place, and the storm itself, in
conjunction with this damn phone almost never shows up when I plug it into the computer here, this is as soon as I had the photos and everything
Note in the past I'd just make 'bars' / blocks. This year I realized I could fill gallon ziplock bags, double bag and then freeze them. This worked
out well as they're kind of flat. I made about 8 of them and had everything else froze solid so when I pulled out of here I had 3 coolers of almost
However, if you have the materials on hand and the space, my friend e took it up a notch and froze gallon jugs solid.
But the following insights work perfectly good too.
As posted elsewhere in the forum earlier this year:
Dont buy bags of ice. They melt in a day.
Get out all your plastic tupperware containers and make bars / blocks of ice. Start about 4-5 days out and keep rocking em. Just dont fill the
containers over half full or the water swells up and breaks the tubs.
A coolers stuft with blocks/bars last up to a week.
In planning a big move its occurred to me to set about freezing everything I possibly can in the couple days before I break down the fridge. I have a
ton of jars and bottles of fancy sauces and such for example. Basically freeze everything solid and cycle them back into the fridge (turned to max
cold) while wrapping up as many item that last 48 hours. Creamy stuff frozen solid should hold its core temp longer than frozen water would. The more
solid the item the better if you've ever tried to thaw a thick meat inside the fridge then you'll know it doesnt go so quickly. So make nice solid
ice cubes out of your mustard, meat, etc. Everything but your produce really (fresh produce typically needs to be 'blanched' before freezing).