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Title: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on December 24, 2017, 12:46:30 PM
I am off for basically TWO WEEKS! This is wonderful.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Fyndhal on December 24, 2017, 03:24:00 PM
I am off for basically TWO WEEKS! This is wonderful.

Grats! Hope you do something fantastic...like staying home and playing video games, reading and playing with the cats.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on December 26, 2017, 01:07:35 PM
Basically the plan. We have a guest for a week, so there's stuff to do. After that, I'm trying to finish Horizon and Zelda.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on December 26, 2017, 09:09:53 PM
Hey, we got some snow! Maybe you heard about it.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on December 27, 2017, 10:19:17 PM
I'm only off from the 25th to the 1st, but I've also only had one week and change of work so fuck yes
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on December 28, 2017, 09:10:06 PM
Check it out. (https://www.google.com/search?q=erie+pa&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi_9aq2ka7YAhUDPN8KHaKHAMMQ_AUICygC&biw=1366&bih=637)
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on December 28, 2017, 10:48:33 PM
Jesus H. Christ. Don't die out there.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on December 29, 2017, 10:14:31 AM
Might have to shovel the roof off today. Nice new avatar--is that you or me?
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on December 29, 2017, 11:10:05 AM
Shoveled off the front portico, the bay window, the porch, and the den. Incredible.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on December 30, 2017, 11:51:21 PM
We got a foot and a half last night.  I shoveled off the carport today.  We're up to about 82 inches in five days.  Just shy of seven feet.  We got three of it on Christmas morning, so having four feet spread over four days feels like a dusting.  The county DOT has borrowed motor graders from neighboring counties (I think we only had two?).  There are five driving around the city peeling about eight inches of ice off all the streets.  It's so hard snowblowing when you're just in these little canyons--you can't get the snow high enough.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on January 02, 2018, 03:31:52 PM
Holy balls. That's too much snow. We got like 14cm of snow and that was too much snow. So that's really too much snow. TOO MUCH SNOW.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Fyndhal on January 02, 2018, 09:44:38 PM
(https://scontent.fphl2-4.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/25660210_10215178547914272_1910559035023188953_n.jpg?oh=40d4dbcfaea2833868f79a141755ce2a&oe=5ABFEBED)
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on January 03, 2018, 05:15:42 AM
Jesus H. Christ. Don't die out there.

That's me! Drunk, witty, and dead inside magician, at your service.

Edit: a trailer I just watched for the latest season of the show my avatar is in just described him simply with the words, "quick-witted. Alcohol committed." And I think this describes me very accurately.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 03, 2018, 08:39:37 AM
Thanks for the smiles.  Just cold as balls these days.  Little bit of snow here and there.  You ever watch Dept of Public Works clear stop lights with gas-powered leaf blowers?
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on January 03, 2018, 10:13:03 PM
All the words you said after your compliment to me are completely foreign.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 04, 2018, 08:44:16 AM
The City has enacted a special ordinance to mass tow abandoned vehicles, and rented road graders to peel hard packed snow and ice off the streets.  We only got about four inches last night, just fluffy stuff.  My van's one sliding door has frozen open, so I have to bungie it shut.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on January 04, 2018, 08:14:10 PM
I hope you realize you essentially live in a fictional world to me.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on January 05, 2018, 09:10:44 AM
Honestly, it sounds like a made-up hellscape to me, too, and I'm in Canada.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 06, 2018, 10:49:31 PM
I was discussing something along those very lines with a colleague on Thursday.  I said, more or less, that pictures were worthless because everything was white and there was no sense of scale.  And also, that all the stories I could tell of things I had seen just sounded absolutely ludicrous.  Like...which sounds less surreal: an army of unicorns, or people tying ropes to their snowblowers so they could haul them up onto their roofs, and then witnessing people using snowblowers on the roofs of their houses and buildings?
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on January 07, 2018, 09:48:36 PM
I saw a cube van driving down the highway with about two feet of snow still packed on top of it. This truly is a cursed winter.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 08, 2018, 08:50:53 AM
Couple more inches of snow today, but mostly freezing rain on everything, with blustery wind.  Next few days are calling for a thaw, will be interesting to see what happens.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 08, 2018, 09:11:19 PM
Well, freezing rain all day and the ice is moving.  No fatalities yet.
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180108/massive-chunk-of-ice-pins-man-at-erie-residence
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on January 09, 2018, 02:43:13 AM
Ooh! Ooh! We got rain today! It was exciting =D
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 09, 2018, 03:49:32 PM
It snowed!  We are up to 133 inches.  Then it rained and iced, and will be weird again tomorrow.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on January 10, 2018, 06:34:40 PM
So when it was -22C last week, I discovered my windshield pump freezes up and doesn't work! That was fun.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 11, 2018, 08:54:42 AM
Ugh, that is awful, Foo!

Melt is proceeding rapidly here, minor flooding everywhere and a number of phone calls about ice dams on creeks.  Warm again today, with rain.  My neighbor contacted me yesterday to say that the gutters were off my house, and the power lines were down.  Raced home, an ice dam had formed on the east side of my house.  The ice ripped the gutters off the house, shooting some ice chunks laterally like in Christmas Vacation, with the rest collapsing downwards tearing some of the soffet, fascia, and siding off.  It ripped the electrical service off the house, and tore the cable lines off the utility pole at the back of the property.  Just big chunks of ice all over the place, and water pouring everywhere.  Checked the basement for water, and began triaging.  There have been a number of structural collapses in town, including the indoor soccer parks where my nephews play.  Hopefully the falling ice didn't damage anything else.  It would've killed anyone near it, I am glad no windows were broken.  Took Penelec seven hours to get service back to the house.  I've got Spectrum coming over today to reconnect the cable.  Other contractors (siding, gutters, electric) are delayed due to similar problems throughout the area.  My electrician said that he reconnected service to fourteen houses yesterday alone, and that I'll be waiting until customers with outages are restored. 

A cubic foot of water weighs about 62.4 pounds.  I estimated the width and depth of the ice dam to have been two feet by one foot, and that section of the house has a 30 foot roof line.  That results a total ice weight on that section to be 1.7 standard tons of weight.  Or, the weight of an adult full grown walrus falling off my roof.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 12, 2018, 08:56:35 AM
Electric and internet are restored.  No estimate on repairs to siding and gutters.  High temperatures have absolutely nuked most areas of snow.  Only a few mountains are left.  It is nearly sixty degrees out right now, with rain.  The birds are happy.  The temperature will drop to around ten degrees during an absolute downpour, today.  They are anticipating ice accumulation up to a half inch, followed by "heavy, heavy snow."  Everything is shutting down early, for shelter-in-place.  Very good chance we will break snowiest winter in recorded history this weekend.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Escheresque on January 17, 2018, 04:15:31 PM
You're emerging from the icy void!!

Meanwhile, it seems Dr. Foo is going into it =/
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 18, 2018, 11:30:52 AM
Erie is a yo-yo for winter weather.  It is single digits today, but should warm up to the thirties or so this weekend.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on January 21, 2018, 09:10:20 PM
Ugh, that is awful, Foo!

Melt is proceeding rapidly here, minor flooding everywhere and a number of phone calls about ice dams on creeks.  Warm again today, with rain.  My neighbor contacted me yesterday to say that the gutters were off my house, and the power lines were down.  Raced home, an ice dam had formed on the east side of my house.  The ice ripped the gutters off the house, shooting some ice chunks laterally like in Christmas Vacation, with the rest collapsing downwards tearing some of the soffet, fascia, and siding off.  It ripped the electrical service off the house, and tore the cable lines off the utility pole at the back of the property.  Just big chunks of ice all over the place, and water pouring everywhere.  Checked the basement for water, and began triaging.  There have been a number of structural collapses in town, including the indoor soccer parks where my nephews play.  Hopefully the falling ice didn't damage anything else.  It would've killed anyone near it, I am glad no windows were broken.  Took Penelec seven hours to get service back to the house.  I've got Spectrum coming over today to reconnect the cable.  Other contractors (siding, gutters, electric) are delayed due to similar problems throughout the area.  My electrician said that he reconnected service to fourteen houses yesterday alone, and that I'll be waiting until customers with outages are restored. 

A cubic foot of water weighs about 62.4 pounds.  I estimated the width and depth of the ice dam to have been two feet by one foot, and that section of the house has a 30 foot roof line.  That results a total ice weight on that section to be 1.7 standard tons of weight.  Or, the weight of an adult full grown walrus falling off my roof.
Holy crap. Have you recovered down there?
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 22, 2018, 08:22:27 AM
Melt, snow, melt, snow.  Melt this week.  Had lots of water in the basement yesterday--with the gutters down, the water is just pouring down the side of the house.  Electric work was about $300, siding estimate is $900.  Might have to get an estimate for sealing a portion of the basement.  I've done a ton of water-proofing down there on my own, but the section of brick that is giving me problems is behind a stairwell.  I can't get to it without ripping out the stairs.  Probably will try and find a sheet of water-proofing beadboard to slide behind the stairs, and connect to my existing indoor French system.

How's you?  Probably still cold?  The lake keeps us warmer than most places--but since the cold snap froze the lake up pretty quick, we really haven't had much snow since the big blow.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on January 29, 2018, 10:47:33 PM
We're doing pretty well. It was nice as heck last week and it's snowing fairly heavily right now.

Re: waterproofing, it sounds like you need to somehow seal the outside of the house to stop the water getting in? Is that how the French system works?
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on January 30, 2018, 08:50:48 AM
French system is installed on the inside, to intercept water working its way through the foundation.  My driveway is immediately adjacent to my house on that side.  I was fortunate that I chose last summer to rip everything out of the crack and re-waterproof the entire thing...but I'm sure it was just working its way under the driveway slab or through cement itself. 

It's just a perfect storm, with that being the only section of the basement I can't drylock.  Thawed earlier this week, five inches of new snow this morning.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on February 02, 2018, 09:23:57 PM
SNOWWWWW :(
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on February 05, 2018, 09:01:54 AM
Thawed the other day, probably about six inches this morning with frozen rain underneath. 

We were four inches away from a new record last week, so this should tip us over. 
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on March 02, 2018, 11:04:35 AM
Well we had a good rip-roarer in town last night.  Winds up to 50+mph with freezing rain and snow.  We've had a prolonged thaw, so this was both overdue and a shock to some folks.  Lots of thundersnow and freezing rain meant icing everywhere.  We lost two screens--they just tore out of the windows.  Lots of trees and powerlines down, traffic lights out.

http://www.goerie.com/news/20180301/more-than-20000-erie-county-penelec-customers-without-power

Feels like spring!
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on March 03, 2018, 10:14:14 AM
Yeah, the warm spell lasted just long enough for me to believe an early spring might be real.

Then the sky shat white on that dream.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on April 18, 2018, 08:15:22 AM
http://www.goerie.com/news/20180418/erie-inches-close-to-snowfall-record
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Fyndhal on April 18, 2018, 07:39:13 PM
(https://media3.giphy.com/media/yoJC2K6rCzwNY2EngA/200_d.gif)
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: dumps on April 19, 2018, 01:35:38 PM
Well, here we are, and nothing happened.  The storm that was supposed to come, missed.  So unfulfilling.
Title: Re: Happy Holidays!
Post by: Doctor Foorums on April 23, 2018, 08:20:48 AM
I very much prefer not getting the spring super storm