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Old 10-27-2012, 09:51 AM   #16
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I would be most worried about tree limbs in this coming storm. Latest I have read is diminishing winds until it possibly meets up with the Noreaster at which point it MIGHT hit around NJ at Cat 1 force. It is its ripple effect through the full reach of the Noreaster with winds 65-75mph the width of the storm, and possible flooding, that is most troublesome.

Of course if the opposing storm is cold and it snows the extra moisture on branches still weighted by leaves that have not fallen? Power lines will go down and cars will get crushed.

Having been caught sailing once in a Franenstorm, with no place to go without ripping our keel to pieces, I take them seriously. That storm was a life changing event and one of those times I know I dodged a bullet.


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Old 10-27-2012, 12:49 PM   #17
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I looked in Home Depot in Richmond and found the anchors. They also had flat metal tie down straps but I do not understand how to attach those to the shed and to the anchors which is just an eye hole. I did not see the normal rounded cables but even with those I do not see how to attach them to the shed. There's no spot to tie a cable around a beam or anything.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:12 PM   #18
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You are wasting your money. Just let it be. If it blows over, you can rebuild it. If it doesn't, you know that it was built properly.
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:13 PM   #19
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Can I drill holes through the 4x6 skids in each corner and run the cables through the holes and run through eye holes of anchors and clamp off? If so how do I snug up the metal cables so there is no play?
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It is up to you. If you want to drill holes go ahead. If it was me, I would leave well enough alone and just get other stuff taken care of. Again, you doubt the construction of the shed, it is not worth the effort.
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Everything else is ready, the shed is built on a slope and is high off the ground on one side and I can't afford $4k to rebuild so that's why I'm so concerned.
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That is what insurance is for.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:12 PM   #23
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" blow all the leaves off my lawn onto my neighbours" but won't other neighbors blow onto your's?

Hunker down yall, its gonna get a bit windy. Or as Bette Davis said, "Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night."

nike, in the time you have left, anything is better than nothing, in a hurry I's want the mobile home anchors and cables over the top. But even if you had all the time in the world, and did a FEMA approved anchoring, the shed may still wind up in OZ. Protecting you and yours during immediate situation and provisioning for the long haul are most important. It can take weeks to get the modern conviniences back into working order. As for the shed, cars, even house, I'm from the Texas Panhandle, sometimes it got more windy than normal, then we'd "Tie er down, grab aholt of somethin heavy and hope the creek don't rise."

All you experts here get ready for a lot of questions about reroofing, even rebuilding ( my advice;move to higher ground before hiring contractor.) Mebbee we shouldn't have hi-jacked that racist's story about hiring the door to door roofer. Then after the first wave of questions will come the wave of questions from folks who could finally get back on-line.

If you don't have time to hnker down, run away! There is no shame in it, no body yet has been able to to repeal an act of gawd. I'll be worried about ya, get back on here and tell us how you came hru it all. especially nike. How the house blew away and your living in the 4K shed.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:56 PM   #24
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I never got the shed anchored. I put the anchors in the ground but realized I had nothing to cut the metal cable with. By the time I got a hacksaw that might or might not work it was dark and raining. Guess I'm out of luck since I have to work all day tomorrow.
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Noone ever answered me about how to tighten the metal cables. Also is it a good idea to drill holes through the 4x6 boards that the shed sits on and run the cables through the holes to the anchor? That was my plan
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No, do not drill any holes into the structure. Again, if you doubt the workmanship, let it blow over, then make the call to your insurance the next day.
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If shed is secured to 4X's holes thru them may be best bet at this time, holes should be as small as possible for cable to go thru. You'll need saddle clamps to fasten cable ( wire rope?) A cable puller or "come along" or a trucker's chain binder or load binder to tighten cable, the binder stays in place as part of cable.

Using saddle clamps; the saddle side, opposite U bolt, goes on load bearing or stress side of cable, " the saddle carries the load." Mak loop of cable thru ring of anchor, secure with two clamps. Run cable thru holes or what ever, thru ring in other anchor and make loop in end of cable using clamps. Put loop over one hook of come along. Other end of come along needs to attached back towards shed, hook or eye screw in 4x. Tighten come along, clamp cable near anchor with two clamps. Loosen come along, do other cable(s) same way.
If no come along or binder make loop and use some long rod or pipe as lever.
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I forgot about turn buckles, the longer the more you can tighten cable.. Open, unscrew, it as far as it will go, put hook in anchor ring. Pass free end of cable thru eye of buckle, pull the free end as tight as you can. Pliers, vice-grips. wrap a couple of turns of cable around stick. While pulling have someone apply the saddle clamps. Tighten turn buckle.

An extremly long eye bolt thru runner might work. Put thru runner, eye towards anchor, barely put on washer and nut. Tighten and fasten cable. Tighten nut pulling bolt eye towards runner.

Last resort low tech is to put pipe or rod between two cables and twist like tourniquet. Twisting is not recommended for cable,don't over tighten and break cable. Bit of oil in rings or eyes will help tight cable slide.
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I bought 4 turnbuckles today. I got the kind with an eyehole on one side and a hook on the other. Anyway, being that I have more time now what's the easiest way to do this? I read online either to drill holes through the floor and run cables threw them or to actually throw a cable across the roof on both sides and hook the ends to and anchor. I was going to drill a hole straight up through the 4x6 and run the cables that way but now I don't know.
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Was also wondering if using the long eye bolts through the skids with washers and nuts would be better?


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